As one of the key ingredients in anti-ageing skincare, Retinol is very popular in the cosmetic industry. But just what is this ingredient and should you be using it too?
RETINOL OR VITAMIN A EXPLAINED
Retinol is derived from Vitamin A and, along with its other commonly used forms such as retinal, tretinoin and isotretinoin, it is a sophisticated skincare ingredient that is primarily used to fight the signs of ageing and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
THE BENEFITS OF USING RETINOL
Benefits of using Retinol or Vitamin A are dependent on how it is formulated and the concentration percentage. Retinol has been proven to improve mottled pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, tone and colour and the skins hydration levels. It also has had great results, at a low percentage, to aid in acne prone skins gain a clear, bright complexion.
One of the benefits of retinoids is that they increase the thickness of the skin by acting on the deeper dermal layers (epidermis and dermis) to provide a plump youthful apperance and therefore combating fine lines. Apart from its anti-ageing benefits, Retinol is also used to control oil production in the skin, so it's a great addition to a breakout prone skin.
Medik8's formulation has a time release delivery system, so once absorbed to the deeper levels of the skin, this system slowly drip feeds a continuous supply of the Retinol to avoid a spike in active ingredient stimulation into the skin, causing minimal to no irritation and dryness.
HOW TO USE IT
Retinol should be used in the evening, after cleansing. As the ingredient itself is sensitive to sunlight it should always be applied before bed, not in the mornings. The rule of thumb with any Retinol is to ease your way into it – once a week for the first week of use, twice a week for the second week and so on.
Take a look at Medik8's Retinol range.