This article is going to discuss the five great reasons to use Retinol in your skincare routine.
So if you’ve been following along with my blog, you’ll have realised that I am massively into Skincare. Last year I wrote a Skincare Series called Skincare 101. This covers the basics of how and why to get into a good skincare routine. Last week, we talked about all the benefits of adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine alongside a good quality SPF. If you’ve missed this, no worries, check out my that blog post here. Today we’re talking Retinol.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a little research into how we could boost our night time routine. During sleep, the body is naturally repairing and regenerating. It’s also a great opportunity to include a hard-working routine that’ll work whilst we’re not. Giving us our freshest face in the morning. The answer, Retinol.
For many years Retinol (also known as Vitamin A), has been respected as a great anti-aging defendant. Why? Well, here comes the science.
When you apply Vitamin A to the skin two things happen. It is first converted to Retinaldehyde. This is then converted to Retinoic Acid. Retinoic Acid is the active part of Vitamin A, which the skin utilises in repair mode.
Retinoic Acid (Retinol) is great for the skin because…
It stimulates the turnover of skin cells, pushing fresh skin cells to the surface for a youthful complexion.
It stimulates collagen production to smooth the skin, preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
It has anti-oxidant properties great for protecting against environmental ageing factors.
It has antibacterial qualities, making it a great choice for skin prone to blemishes.
It helps block the formation of pigment in the skin for brighter, more even-toned skin.
So there you have it. Adding a Retinol based serum to your nighttime routine can double up as the perfect boost for anti-aging and some skincare concerns that just aren’t settling down.
A word of caution if you’re just starting out. Vitamin A comes in many forms and many different strengths. Check which is the right formula and strength for you. It is recommended to always start with the lowest strength formulas, just for a few days a week and work your way up to avoid any skin sensitivity and irritation that may occur at higher strength preparations, especially when your skin is not used to it.
For the past few weeks, I have been using a great UK based Skincare brand called Facetheory. The active ingredient in their Regenacalm Vitamin A serum is Retinyl Palmitate. This is a slightly lower strength Vitamin A serum which needs to be converted a few more times by the skin before the active ingredient arrives. This works great for me as it is inexpensive, easy to use and gives great results. It smells really nice too. Not too clinical, not too overpowering. Their customer service was incredible and overall, I’ve really enjoyed using these products. Check them out here for more about the skincare range.
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