All About Retinol – Anti Aging Skincare
Retinol is all the rage nowadays in the skincare industry and if you ask me, retinol deserves every bit of attention it’s getting these days. It can work wonders on your skin. Just buying a retinol product isn’t enough, you have to pick the perfect formula of retinol. You have to believe me when I say that picking the right retinol is as essential as using it. But there are a huge variety of retinol products available in the market and it can be quite confusing to choose the right one for your skin. So, this video will be an info-session on all you need to know about retinol to know what’s good for your skin.
What is Retinol?
So, what exactly is Retinol? Retinol is basically Vitamin A – one of the body’s more important nutrients. What you might not have known is that the whole family of retinoids is derived from Vitamin A. If you ask me, sunscreen is the number one fix to antiageing and Vitamin A is the next best thing. Retinol, when applied on the skin, turns into the retinoic acid, which is responsible for boosting collagen, increasing cell thickness, and skin cell regeneration. Retinol is super-effective in treating wrinkles, brown spots, acne, uneven skin tone and continuous use can make your skin appear more youthful.
How to find the right Retinol?
Retinol is a very tricky ingredient to work with especially when it is being formulated since it doesn’t work well with other ingredients. Nowadays, many brands are just adding retinol to their products and calling it an anti-aging miracle, but these products usually don’t work well due to poor formulating. So, to make sure your retinol product is doing its job, you have to learn to choose the best one for you.
Things to Look for in Retinol Products:
1. Stable Retinol
I know I’m starting with something that might seem complex to you at first, but I will try to make it as understandable as possible. Stabilization of retinol is all about how it’s contained. This is called microencapsulation. Microencapsulation is a process that actually protects active ingredients like retinol in liposomes, shells or membranes. This will help control the retinol and stabilize it so it’s magic isn’t released before it’s even applied on the skin. When you apply the encapsulated retinol, your skin will break down the encapsulation itself so the retinol can do its best work. So always remember to check the packaging of retinol products to make sure that the retinol is stabilized in liposomes, shells or membranes so you’ll know that the retinol will actually do its intended work. On the package, it would say “Encapsulated Retinol” or if you check the ingredients list, a stabilized retinol product will say “Liposome Encapsulated Retinol”.
2. Oil or Silicone?
That’s another thing to consider. Should your retinol be mixed with oil or silicone? These mixtures are relatively cheaper because they can be easily moved but that doesn’t mean they can’t be effective. And if you’re someone who loves the feel of oils and silicones on their skin, that’s a win-win for you. But if you have clogged pores, then you would wanna avoid these mixtures and go for stabilized fluid serums and boosters.
3. Know the Right Packaging
If you find a retinol product in a transparent container with no box, please put it back because it’s of no use now. Retinol is a very sensitive ingredient and it can be rendered ineffective if exposed to light. So, always try to look for retinol products in opaque containers because you want your retinol to remain active and safe from light.
Another thing to look for in your product is airtight containers. Oxygen is not good for your retinol products so try to avoid the bottles that come with droppers because your retinol will be useless after you’re halfway through due to all the air you’ve been pumping. Always pick the airtight and opaque containers.
4. The Right Brand
Please don’t go buying retinol online from a brand you don’t trust because retinol must always be made in advanced technology labs. Do your homework to find the right product for your skin. Go for brands that are proudly sharing important stats like the stability, percentages of ingredients and directions.
5. Prescription vs Non-Prescription Retinol
Prescription retinol does work faster, and you will be able to tell it’s working because you feel irritation and dryness and those are the side-effects as well. As for non-prescription retinol, it’s really hard to tell if it’s working for you because it can take a few months to see the difference but at the upside, there no side effects.
But just because non-prescription slow to work that causes some to give up. But I would advise you guys to please stick out long enough to see how good it is for your skin.
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