Often times, we develop our core skincare regimen when we find ourselves desiring a brighter, healthier, more youthful appearing complexion. We want to love our skin, but we are just unsure of quite how to get to that point or which products to use. With busy schedules, deadlines, families to care for, endless errands to run, etc., it can be overwhelming to even know where to start, which products to use, and how to use them all without feeling like you are wasting your hard-earned money. Let us take a little pressure off and simplify it for you!
Not a day goes by in our practice that we are not asked for our recommendations to help combat and erase the visible signs of aging and sun damage. Whether you are wanting to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve overall tone and texture, eliminate acne and clogged pores, or fade those pesky “dark spots,” using a RETINOL is essential in achieving and maintaining a healthy, radiant complexion. Ask any dermatologist or medical aesthetician for their best anti-aging product recommendation, and you will hear this consistent answer, as it is backed by science, years of clinical research, and an abundance of amazing results! Adding a RETINOL to your skincare routine is truly a game-changer!
Dermatologists have been recommending and prescribing retinols/retinoids for years, and this is with good reason. Our team of skincare experts wants you to love your skin and be proud of that vibrant, healthy glow! Let’s break it down for you and explain why adding a RETINOL to your skincare routine creates the perfect foundation and will certainly have you loving your skin!
Over time, the amount of our exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, environmental pollutants, and other oxidative stressors begins to take a toll on our skin. These effects are compounded by structural changes within our skin that are considered a natural part of the aging process, such as a delay in the ability of our skin cells to regenerate (or, to divide and turn over new, fresh skin cells), as well as, decreased collagen production. The result? Fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, patchy pigment changes seem more noticeable, pores more prominent, and our complexion more on the dull side.
Q: What is a Retinol?
A: Simply put, it’s a form of Vitamin A. Retinols, retinoids, Retin-A…they all convert to retinoic acid in the skin. Your skin uses retinoic acid to help skin cells divide at a quicker rate, causing skin cell turnover to happen more rapidly. They slow down aging by…
*Brightening your complexion
*Preventing clogged pores
*Controlling oil production (which helps with acne)
*Evening out pigment like brown spots and melasma
*Reversing the early steps in pre-cancer cell formation
*Increasing blood flow to the skin
Starting with a retinol is a gentle way to introduce your skin to a topical Vitamin A product with less peeling and irritation than a prescription retinoid such as Retin A. It does take 3-6 months of use for your skin to build up higher levels of retinoic acid to see all of the benefits, but benefits such as a brightened complexion and smoother skin are seen within 1-2 weeks.
Q: Who should use a Retinol?
A: Anyone who wants their skin to look and feel younger and healthier! If you have normal or oily skin, rosacea, larger pores, acne, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, poor texture, or wrinkles, your skin will love the effects. There’s no other product that speeds up cell renewal like they do. Your skin actually acts younger.
* Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid all retinol products
Q: When and how often do I use a Retinol?
A: Always use at night on a clean, dry face. If you’re new to retinols, start gradually with every other night application, or 2 nights on, 1 night off. You can apply a moisturizer afterwards to help control dryness or irritation, but it’s best to wait 10-20 minutes after applying your retinol so your skin can absorb the full strength of the product.