Many people want smooth, firm, even skin with a healthy “glow”.
Retinol is regarded as the ultimate anti-aging miracle weapon. But what can this active ingredient really do, and what does retinol actually do to the skin?
Research has shown that the skin can benefit significantly from the use of products containing retinol: the complexion is refined, wrinkles and pigment spots are reduced.
Unfortunately, skin aging often begins in the early twenties because the body's own collagen production slows down. You should therefore start early enough to tackle wrinkles and lines on the face. There are different ways of doing this. In the specialist circles of dermatologists, retinol is highly praised as the miracle cure against skin aging. But what is retinol? How does this substance work? And who is it actually suitable for? Here we answer all your questions about the darling of the anti-aging scene.
Retinol (also called vitamin A1) is a fat-soluble and very important vitamin.
However, vitamin A includes a large number of substances that have similar functions in the body. Retinol is probably one of the best-known substances and is often mistakenly equated with vitamin A.
Retinol is not = vitamin A!
Retinol is one shape of vitamin A.
Vitamin A and its various forms are important for the growth and regeneration of our skin cells. However, our skin is deprived of vitamin A through external influences such as UV radiation, through free radicals and through the natural aging process. Unfortunately, this cannot be completely reproduced by the body, which means that the skin loses its elasticity and wrinkles appear.
Vitamin A is naturally produced in the body, either from food or from beta-carotene in the wall of the small intestine. It is found in food in the form of retinol and retinyl ester in animal products (such as milk, egg yolk, butter, liver and fish) and in the form of provitamin A (especially beta-carotene) in plant-based foods. It is found in carrots, for example.
Retinol plays an important role in building the structure of the skin. A modification of this are retinoids, also known as Retin-A in the USA. Even if the terms retinol and retinoids are often used together, each active ingredient has its own characteristic properties and areas of application. Retinoids, for example, are only available with a prescription from a doctor. Look for vitamin A in the form of retinol, retinol acetate, retinyl palmitate, or retinyl aldehyde (also known as retinal or retinaldehyde). These are common forms of the active ingredient in cosmetics that are freely available in stores without a prescription. You should definitely take a look at the ingredients when buying.
All forms of retinol work in a similar way, but they are not exactly the same. Your skin can benefit immensely from the use of retinol, which is one of the reasons why the active ingredient is so popular in the skin care and anti-aging scene.
Retinol vs. Retin-A: That's the difference
Unfortunately, this often leads to confusion and retinol and retinoids are confused or % is mixed up in terms of content ...
Retinol is considered the mother of all related substances and is nothing different than pure vitamin A acid. A modification of this are retinoids, also known as Retin-A in the USA. Are retinoids prescription only and must be bought in the pharmacy, classically in the form of creams.
Retinoic acid (also called vitamin A acid) works in the skin to improve the appearance of the skin. Unfortunately, retinoic acid is not only proven to be effective, but can also cause irritation to the skin. In over-the-counter cosmetics, therefore, only precursors (retinol) or precursors (retinol derivatives) are added and no retinoids.
In the skin cells, these precursors are then converted to retinal cells and are therefore less irritating.
- Retinol and retinol derivatives -> active ingredients in over-the-counter cosmetics
- Retinoids -> active ingredient in prescription creams
With retinoids, you usually have to use a high-quality moisturizer to minimize skin irritation.
Who is retinol for?
From the age of 21, the skin's renewal processes slow down. As soon as the first wrinkles become noticeable on your face, you can include the active ingredient retinol in your skin care routine. Thus, skin aging can be counteracted somewhat.
IMPORTANT: Retinol (in any form!) Is absolutely taboo for pregnant women or women who want to become pregnant. Retinol is now known for its anti-aging properties, but it has long been used to treat acne on the face and body. In this case, you should definitely seek the advice of a dermatologist in order to decide on the best product.
What are the pros and cons of retinol?
An important note to anyone who has never used a product containing retinol: Both the cosmetic and the prescription variant of vitamin A can cause skin irritation. However, the risk of skin irritation is greater when using prescription retinoids. Redness occurs, the skin becomes flaky, it can burn and become very sensitive. Above all, you should avoid the corners of the mouth, the nostrils and the eye area. To be on the safe side, you can carefully apply Vaseline as a protective barrier.
benefits of retinol / retinoids
- The collagen production is boosted
- Optical improvement / reduction of wrinkles
- Finer complexion
- Reduction of acne, clogged or enlarged pores and pigment spots
- Protects against free radicals that can lead to premature skin aging
disadvantage of retinol / retinoids
- Side effects such as slight flaking, dryness or reddening spots if the dosage is too high
- The application should be increased slowly
- The skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight, A high-quality SPF of at least 20 is absolutely necessary after the application
How fast does retinol work?
How early visible changes can be detected 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 slight wrinkles will disappear, pigment spots will become weaker and the pores appear smaller.
What happens if you stop retinol?
If you stop using the retinol product, the results will disappear after a while. Pigment spots are slowly becoming apparent again and lines and small wrinkles are more visible than before.
How should retinol be used?
Initially, you should only use retinol 1-2 times a week to get your skin used to the active ingredient and then slowly increase it. Then, after getting used to it, it is ideal to use it daily in the evening before bed on clean, dry skin. Applied overnight, retinol care will wake you up with a radiant complexion. It is important that you use a small dose (pea-sized amount for face and neck) and that you increase it slowly so as not to over-irritate the skin. The active ingredient must be used regularly to get the best results.
Initial skin irritations should go away within one to two weeks. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, use of the product should be discontinued and a dermatologist should be consulted.
Additional info: If retinol is exposed to sunlight, it can become unstable. For this reason, too, we recommend using retinol products in the evening.
Can Retinol Really Shrink Pores?
Regular use of retinol can improve the way your pores work. Unfortunately, while retinol cannot change the genetic size of your pores, it can improve the structure of enlarged pores caused by blockages or sun damage and make them less visible.
Which concentration is right for my skin?
A low concentration in a retinoid cream or serum is less effective, but as I said, too high a concentration can cause unpleasant irritation and redness. This is particularly annoying if you are surrounded by work colleagues on a daily basis or if you are in the public sector. Therefore a concentration of approx. 0.25% is recommended. With very sensitive skin, an even lower concentration can be a good introduction to getting the skin used to the active ingredient.
What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?
The quality and effectiveness of vitamin A is negatively affected when it is exposed to light or air.
You should only buy retinol products in opaque packaging, preferably in dark pipette bottles. Retinol products from pots should be avoided entirely.
Is there an alternative to retinol?
Retinyl palmitate is the weakened form of retinol. This form of vitamin A is particularly suitable for sensitive skin. A concentration of approximately 2.5% retinyl palmitate is recommended for best results.
For information: The Beneva Black Retinol Serum contains, for example, 2.5% Retinyl Palmitate and should therefore be well tolerated by all skin types.
In combination with a vitamin C serum, you ensure perfect skin care, mornings and evenings. We have two products in our range for your day and night care, which make your skin shine.
The perfect anti-aging duo
Since a retinol product is best used in the evening and overnight, a high-quality vitamin C serum is the best option for morning skin care.
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With regular use it makes the skin glow!
With its anti-oxidative effect, it protects the skin's collagen structure and reduces light pigment spots. Vitamin C also has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help reduce redness and heal blemishes faster.
Both Beneva Black care products are supplied in black glass bottles with pipette droppers to optimally protect the active ingredients of the serums.
The serums have a light texture, are quickly absorbed and the vitamin C serum is ideal as a basis for make-up and / or powder.
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