What is Retinol? July 7, 2019 15:21
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and has long been touted the holy grail of anti-ageing. Several studies have shown that using the ingredient topically can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and acne.
What Color is Retinol?
Retinol is bright yellow in appearance. If used at a 2% or above in a cream/lotion/gel you will clearly see it tinted yellow. At this level of concentration your product will deliver the results you are looking for. If your skin cream says it contains Retinol, but is pure white or clear in color, chances are it does not contain Retinol, or the retinol has already broken down and as a result you will not see the changes in your skin that retinol delivers.
What to look for when purchasing a retinol product for your skin?
When shopping for a retinol-based product always look for an airtight, tinted or colored packaging as vitamin A is photosensitive, breaking down when it is exposed to sunlight. So avid see through packaging. Retinol has many derivatives and can appear on product labels as retinyl acetate, retinyl propionate and retinyl palmitate, depending on its strength. If you’ve never used a retinol before, start with a low percentage and don’t use it every night as it is an incredibly strong ingredient. Using twice a week before you go to bed is a good place to start, depending on how sensitive your skin is.
How do you use retinol products?
To reap the benefits and minimise the side effects, build up your skins tolerance and start by using only once or twice a week.
At Endless youth we advocate using all retinol products overnight due to it’s sensitising powers that can make your skin more susceptible to UV damage, other companies argue that some forms of the ingredient can in fact give your skin a natural SPF 20 protection.
Remember that this is a strong ingredient and you don’t want to overload your skin with acids. There’s no need to use Vitamin C and A at the same, that is why we make a hydrating Hyaluronic acid-based formula with Retinol as well as a Vitamin C only formula.
As with most skincare ingredients, vitamin A won’t offer instant results. Expect to wait around 12 weeks to see any noticeable change in your skin though as it takes that long for your body to produce collagen.