Everything You Need to Know About Retinol
Written by Courtney Grant
We are all in search of that bright, clear, radiant complexion that seems impossible to achieve. We’ve all heard of the powerhouse ingredient Retinol and how it does wonders for the skin. But how much do we really know about it? We dive in to explore retinol as an ingredient and how we can use it to achieve that glowing skin we all desire.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. It belongs to a class of compounds known as Retinoids. Retinoids are one of the most widely researched anti-ageing ingredients. Retinol has been a favourite ingredient for years among dermatologists, clinicians and beauty therapists as Retinol is the gold standard of skincare ingredients.
How Does Retinol Work?
Retinol works to neutralise free radicals to prevent collagen damage and boost the production of elastin and collagen. Once applied, retinol penetrates deep beneath the outer layer of skin (epidermis) to your dermis. This powerful ingredient is an antioxidant and works to plump out fine lines to reduce wrinkles. Now you know why we love it so much!
What Are the Benefits of Using Retinol?
Retinol offers a wide range of benefits for the skin. Retinol has been proven to balance hydration levels in the skin. It is also an anti-wrinkle, anti-acne, antioxidant, depigmenting, and brightening ingredient. It increases collagen production in the skin and works in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. It also firms the skin making it look youthful.
Retinol accelerates the skin’s cellular turnover making it very beneficial for acne-prone skin. Slow skin cellular turnover is one of the factors that contribute to acne and blemishes.
Accelerated skin cellular turnover quickens the rate at which hyperpigmentation fades away.
How Can I Incorporate Retinol Into My Skincare Regimen?
Products with Retinol are a must-have in your skincare regime. However, our bodies take time to adjust to new skincare products so, opt for products with a low percentage of retinol. Neutriderm Brightening Bar and Neutriderm Brightening Body Lotion contain a small amount of retinol which is gentle on the skin and still has the amazing benefits this anti-oxidant boasts.
After cleansing, allow your skin to dry before applying a retinol cream. A pea-sized amount is enough for your face. Don’t forget about the skin on the rest of your body. Your neck, décolletage, and body will reap the benefits of retinol especially if you’re struggling with dull skin, skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.
What About Pairing Retinol With Other Ingredients?
Retinol can be paired with different ingredients especially niacinamide as they improve the efficacy of one another. The Neutriderm Brightening Bar and Neutriderm Brightening Body Lotion both contain retinol and niacinamide making them very effective for brightening the complexion and reducing hyperpigmentation.
Retinol is a multifunctional skincare ingredient providing great benefits for all skin types and improving different skin conditions. Our Brightening Bar and Brightening Lotion contain a small amount of retinol making them gentle for daily use. Consistent use will help clear blemishes, brighten the skin, improve skin texture, reduce enlarged pores, and improve fine lines and wrinkles.