Benefits of Retinol and How to Use It in Your Routine
Every time you reach for an anti-aging product or an anti-acne scarring cream, you’re bound to see products containing retinoid or retinol.
If you’ve taken the best acne scar treatment before, you may also have heard your physician recommend products with retinol to further improve your skin condition. It’s not only treated as a product that evens skin tone. But it’s also helps your skin cell turnover faster. It has the ability to remove dead skin cells quicker and help healthy ones come to the skin’s surface.
What is Retinol
Retinol is a kind of retinoids, which comes from vitamin A. The role of vitamin A in the body is to support cell growth, immune function, reproduction and vision among other things. Because retinol is a “weaker” form of retinoid compared to others, it can be bought over-the-counter.
How Retinol Works
Retinol triggers the skin cells on the surface of the skin so that the turnover becomes faster. New skin cells are then generated resulting in smoother and more even skin. The healthy cell turnover helps ease cystic acne, as well as reduces breakouts by keeping pores clear of clogging.
It also helps increase the skin’s production of hyaluronic acid which helps keep the skin look plump and young-looking. Retinol also helps boost collagen production and prevents collagen breakdown. Collagen is a kind of protein that helps with skin elasticity, and it’s a substance that makes up about 35% of all the protein in the body.
From aging to acne, retinol has become known as a go-to cure for all skin problems. Retinol was first marketed as an anti-acne and acne-clearing agent, but once physicians noted that it also helps reduce the signs of aging, they rebranded it as an anti-wrinkle product.
There’s a long list of wonderful benefits from using retinol, and below are some of them.
Retinol helps your skin look more youthful by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, restore skin that’s been damaged by the sun, and it also gets rid of uneven spots. Although wrinkles are beautiful, and physical flaws like dark spots are nothing to worry about, it’s still good to prevent skin imperfections from forming.
Retinol does these things by boosting the production of collagen. Fine lines can be caused by the decrease of collagen production and collagen breakdown, two issues that retinol helps solve.
Helps Treat Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin condition or an autoimmune disease diagnosed by darker, itchy, dry and scaly skin. Retinol can be used due to its ability to increase skin cell turnover and its properties that help improve skin appearance. However, for severe conditions, one will need to apply stronger forms of retinoids. A physician’s prescription is needed in such cases.
Brightens and Evens Skin Tone
Dull, lackluster skin can be bothering as you would want your skin to look healthy. Lackluster skin can be caused by sun damage, stress, lack of sleep and poor lifestyle habits. Retinol helps by toning down the skin cells that produce the darker pigments called melanin.
Helps Treat Acne
Studies have shown that retinol is effective in treating inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. It also has the ability to reduce pimple marks aside from its capability to stop new ones from developing.
How to Use
Before we discuss how to properly use retinol for skincare, please note that you should never wear it during day time. Only apply retinol on your skin during the night, as it makes your skin very sensitive and can increase the risk of sunburn. If you choose to wear a small amount of retinol product in the morning then remember to always put sunscreen on.
Retinol products should have the instructions at the back. For added guidance, here’s how to add retinol to your daily routine.
Use with Care
Retinol is a great addition to your skin care regimen. But you have to consult with your dermatologist first. It’s important to note that retinol will come in various strengths so better start off with something that has 0.1% retinol before progressing to 0.5%, 1%, or 2%. Always do a patch test first on the inside of your elbow or your neck to make sure that you don’t have any allergic reactions to the product. Other than those, it’s a powerful ingredient that will gain you benefits the more you use it.
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