WHY RETINOL IS THE STAR INGREDIENT WHEN WE SPEAK ABOUT ANTI-AGING SKINCARE?
Retinol has become one of the most famous ingredients in modern skincare, an ingredient that has been used for thousands of years, notably in ancient Egypt, but that gained momentum in the 1960’s when dermatologists noticed remarkable benefits when applied topically. By the 1970’s retinol was fast-becoming the gold standard ingredient for anti-aging. Today it is still one of the most powerful and researched actives available regarding skin aging, pigmentation, acne and many other skin concerns.
Let’s deep dive together into its properties, expected benefits and how to use it in this Dermagazine article!
1. WHAT IS SKIN AGING?
Skin aging is the natural process of life, but did you know that our lifestyle habits and how we take care of our skin could influence this biological process?
In fact, external factors also play a part in the way our skin tends to evolve through time. Pollution, smoking, diets with too much fatty acids and furthermore sun exposure can accelerate the skin aging process, leading to premature signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
When vitamin C is one of the best active ingredients with antioxidant and anti-aging properties, it is not the only one to have an important role to play to preserve the youthfulness of your skin… Retinol is also an active anti-aging agent that boosts collagen production to combat signs of photoaging and improves the skin texture.
Retinol is vitamin A that is converted into retinoic acid when absorbed by the skin. In vivo studies have proven that when retinol is topically applied it increases the biological elasticity of the skin and reduces the depth of wrinkles. It is also often used to help improve acne prone skin as it is believed to help reduce sebum production and help reduce blockages in the pores.
Finally, retinol is effective in reducing pigments spots, brownish spots and pigmented areas by supporting the skin’s natural shedding process, removing pigmented dead skin cells from the surface.
Combined with a cocktail including antioxidants and ceramides, the optimal concentration of retinol helps to protect and strengthen the skin.
2. WHAT RETINOL SERUM CAN YOU USE?
At Dermaceutic we try to address various skin indications and skin aging has always been one of our main priorities. This is why we have created 2 powerful serums with Retinol to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother skin: ACTIV RETINOL 0.5 and ACTIV RETINOL 1.0.
Our Activ Retinol serums prevent the appearance of signs of skin aging thanks to an optimal concentration of retinol. Combined with a cocktail including antioxidants and ceramides, it helps to protect and strengthen the skin.
We recommend you start with our Activ Retinol 0.5 and then Activ Retinol 1.0 if you need a stronger concentration.
The difference between Activ Retinol 0.5 and 1.0 is their % of retinol concentration. They both suits all skin types and responds to your skin needs regarding premature or installed signs of skin aging.
Activ Retinol 0.5 prevents the appearance of signs of skin aging thanks to an optimal concentration of retinol. Combined with a cocktail including antioxidants and ceramides, it helps to protect and strengthen the skin. It is indicated for aging skin with loss of elasticity and dull complexion. Moreover, it is suitable for all skin types and fragrance free
Activ Retinol 0.5 has been clinically tested and 90% of patients feel this protocol improves skin texture :
- Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced
- Natural skin radiance appears restored
- Skin texture is visibly smoother
*In vivo study for the efficacy evaluation of Activ Retinol 0.5 on 21 volunteers for 28 days in combination with Hyal Ceutic and Foamer 5. European independent clinical research organization.
3. HOW DOES RETINOL BENEFIT TO MY SKIN?
- Anti-aging: boosts production of collagen & reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Cell renewing: increases the rate of cellular turnover and renewal
- Antioxidant: reduces the oxidative stress by minimizing the impact of free radicals
- Brightening: plays a major role to help reduce hyperpigmentation by preventing melanin from spreading to your skin's cells.
- Anti-bacterial: promotes anti-bacterial action by preventing bacteria growth.
4. HOW TO INTEGRATE RETINOL IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE?
First you should always start by thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove make-up and impurities. Here we would recommend our micellar water Oxybiome that soothes inflammation and supports your skin microbiota. No need to rinse it off, which is super practical if you are travelling.
On the second step apply your serum on damp skin for better penetration. You can apply it on your face and on the neck in the evening avoiding your eye contour area. Let your skin absorb the serum. Here we recommend our Activ Retinol serums for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties, you can choose the concentration depending on your skin needs (0.5% or 1.0% concentration).
Then you can add eye care treatment to take care of your eye contour area which is super thin and requires specific attention. You could use our Derma Lift eye lifting serum for an immediate lifting effect combined with long-term peptide skin-boosting action.
Last step, apply a moisturizer or a sunscreen (AM) to complete your routine and maximise the effects of retinol.
Expert tip for retinol use
Retinol is a powerful ingredient that sometimes could be irritating for your skin. If you have sensitive skin we recommend to layer hydrating or nourishing cream with retinol to help avoid irritation or redness. You can use the sandwich method for optimal results: