Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that help stimulate collagen, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin’s texture and tone, and increase cell turnover. While prescription strengths such as tretinoin or adapalene yield to better results, they can be very irritating, leading to discontinuance. Retinoids are still the gold standard in skincare. Even after plastic surgery, or even non invasive procedures, the skin needs to look and act its best.
However, retinol, a less potent strength than a retinoid, is available over the counter. Results are not as dramatic as with a retinoid, but with continued use, results can be impressive. Keeping the skin well moisturized is important to avoid any irritation. When starting a regimen, retinol may be used every other or every second night if irritation occurs. Remember, some irritation should occur, as this shows product efficacy. Eventually, the skin will become accustomed.
While on retinol, the skin is more susceptible to UV rays, so it is of essence to apply sun protection of 30 on a daily basis. Studies have shown that retinol turns around the skin’s appearance, making it a gold standard ingredient in anti aging.