What Makes Retinol a Dermatologist Favorite?
Skin aging begins as early as the age of 25 because collagen production slows down. Therefore, one should start taking action against wrinkles on the face early enough. There are different ways of doing this. In professional circles, retinol is praised as the miracle cure against skin aging. But what is retinol? How does this substance work? And who is it for? Here we answer all your questions about the darling of the anti-aging industry.
What is retinol?
Retinol is the pure form of vitamin A. This substance is naturally formed in the body by converting building blocks from carrots, for example. This process is important for the growth of our skin cells. However, vitamin A is withdrawn from our skin by external influences such as UV radiation or the natural aging process. This cannot be completely reproduced by the body, which means that the skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles appear.
What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is often equated with retinol. Retinol is only part of vitamin A. These include, for example, retinaldehyde, hydroxypinacolone retinoate or retinyl palmitate. These forms of vitamin A are grouped together under the term retinoids. The derivative retinyl palmitate, also known as vitamin A palmitate, is the milder form of retinol and is therefore less harmful to the skin. However, a higher dosage is also required to maintain the effect of retinol.
Who is retinol for?
From the age of 21, the renewal process in the body becomes slower. As soon as you discover the first wrinkles on your face, you can start with retinol care. Thus, skin aging can be prevented. This process starts faster with sensitive skin.
What are the pros and cons of retinol
- The collagen production is boosted
- Visual improvement of wrinkles
- Your skin looks more even
- Retinol can even soothe acne, clogged pores, and pigment spots
- Side effects such as slight flaking, dryness or reddening spots if the dosage is too high
- Skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight
How fast does retinol work?
How quickly visible changes can be identified depends on the main type, frequency of use and strength of the product. With some people you can see a difference after 4 weeks, with others only after 8 weeks. What is certain, however, is that small wrinkles will disappear, pigment spots become weaker and the pores appear smaller.
How should retinol be used?
It is important that you start with a small dose and increase it slowly so as not to over-irritate the skin. You should also use the retinol in the evening, as vitamin A is very (light) unstable.
Which dose is right for me?
Basically, a low concentration of retinol in a cream is less effective. But it mustn't be too high either. A concentration of approx. 0.3% is therefore recommended. For very sensitive skin, a low concentration can be a good introduction to getting the skin used to the substance.
Is there an alternative to retinol?
As mentioned earlier, retinyl palmitate is the weakened form of retinol. This substance is particularly suitable for sensitive skin. A concentration of approximately 2.5% is recommended for best results.
The Beneva Black Retinol Serum, for example, contains 2.5% retinyl palmitate and should therefore be well tolerated by all skin types. Nevertheless, you should be careful with the application and increase the dosage beforehand.
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