What is retinol, and can it really change the life of your skin?
A few years ago, retinol started appearing in skincare products everywhere. And since skincare and beauty trends rise quickly, it can hard to keep up with them - let alone understand why these trends arise in the first place. So what’s actually so special about retinol?
We were curious, so we did some thorough research on what retinol can do for your skin’s health and appearance.
As it turns out, retinol deserves the hype it's gotten. It really is the secret to smooth skin, and here's why:
Retinol falls under the umbrella compound known as ‘retinoid.’ Retinoids are chemical variations of vitamin A, and they're meant for application on your skin.
Another common type of retinoid is retinoic acid. It's a strong variety of retinoid, and it's usually only available by prescription.
Retinol, in contrast, is softer on the skin - although it still offers many of the same benefits and results. Retinol is less harsh, and more suitable for sensitive skin. It's not used for special skin conditions - it's an ingredient that is beneficial to most people's skin. Because it's so universally helpful, it has gained a reputation as an essential skincare ingredient.
Retinol is capable of a lot. Applied over time, retinol can help lessen fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It also evens out dark spots and can help control acne. Together, these benefits all work towards improving the health of your skin and smoothing out its overall appearance.
Retinol’s anti-aging properties are due to its impact on collagen production. Retinol increases the amount of collagen your body produces, meaning that it promotes the elasticity of your skin. Because of stimulated collagen production, the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles on your skin decreases. Your skin looks younger and softer, and it's less susceptible to the effects of aging.
Retinol is color correcting in the sense that it combats hyperpigmentation. Along with collagen production, retinol stimulates blood vessel production. This helps to reduce the look and frequency of patching on your skin, thus improving the coloring and tone of your skin.
As a result of these benefits, retinol becomes acne-fighting as well. Seeing as retinol improves the health of your skin, it then works to prevent the build-up of impurities that cause acne and other similar skin conditions. In other words, retinol smooths your skin and simultaneously treats and prevents acne.
While retinol can appear in cream-based products, serums are the more popular approach. Serums offer an easy application - you simply massage it into your skin. Not only does this soak the product into your skin and boost its effects, but it also allows for a calming face massage with every application! What’s not to love about that?
Retinol serums can be used daily, although it is advised一 as is the case with any new skincare product you use一 that you start off using small amounts. Give your skin time to adjust, and apply a small amount several times a week when you're getting started (we recommend nightly usage). As your skin adapts, your application can be increased as you see fit.
If you're looking for a retinol product, check out Paradox’s Botanical Retinol Serum (pictured above). Our retinol serum combines the discussed benefits of retinol with the soothing benefits of fermented green tea, making it a smoothing super-product for your skin!
Now that you know and understand the numerous benefits of retinol, you’re ready to add retinol to your skincare routine一 I know I will be!
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