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What you need to know before choosing a Retinol Product

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What is Retinol:

Retinol is another name for Vitamin A.  Retinol is an extremely effective call-communicating ingredient, which means it can literally connect to almost any skin cell and tell it to behave like a healthy younger skin cell. 

* Retinol is an Antioxidant and can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes skin to look an act older. This action helps prevent wrinklig and collagen production. 

The Following list tells you what you need to know before you buy or apply a skin care product with retinol

* Buy retinol products only if they are package in OPAQUE containers meant to minimize or block air exposure (NO JARS) because all forms of vitamin A break down and deteriorate when repeatedly exposed to air or light. 

* Look for vitamin A listed as retinol, retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, or retinyl aldehyde (also called retinal or retinaldehyde). You must see a doctor to get a prescription for retinoids. 

* Not EVERYONE's SKIN CAN TOLERATE retinol.  It may cause irrtation, such as redness and flaking especially for those new to using it. 

* If irritation occurs, symptoms should subside within a few days as your skin adjusts to regular use. If SYMPTOMS DO NOT SUBSIDE or worsen, STOP USING IT!!! 

* If you are just starting to use retinol don't apply it daily. Rather, apply every other day and/ or mix it with your usual moisturizer before applying. That lets your skin gradually acclimate to it. 

* Use well-formulated moisturizers or serums and a gentle cleanser and toner to help your skin better tolerate retinol.

* Research shows that using a retinol product in conjunction with an AHA exfoliant significantly improves effectiveness in treating sun damage skin.

* if you apply retinol during the day, be sure to apply sunscreen afterward and avoid sun exposure as much as possible. 

Sources for above information: The journal of Dermatological treament, May 2009, pages 276-281, Journal of the Indian Medical Association, April 2009, pages 219-222, American Journal of clinical Dermatology, June 2008, pages 369-381. 



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