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You have probably heard a lot about retinol on an ingredient list to your skincare products. They are definitely an all-time superstar when it comes to treating the anti-aging, acne-fighting sector.
I will break down for you what retinol is and why it had became the most recommended over the counter skin care ingredients in this post.
Retinol belongs to a class of substances called retinoids, which are derived from vitamin A, a substance our bodies cannot produce naturally. It has been used for decades to treat acne and decrease signs of aging, mainly sun damage, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.
Retinol itself is a reformulated, weaker version of prescription-strength tretinoin. It’s most commonly found in nighttime serums, like Qualis Nutri Retinol Serum.
The emphasis is on nighttime, retinol is not be used during the day.
Retinol does not cause thinning of the skin like most relates it to. It actually thickens the subcutaneous layer of the skin, where the wrinkles originate from. It prevents the breakdown of collagen, at the same time encourage raid cell turnover in our skin.
Retinol works two ways on hyperpigmentation, or dark spots, on the complexion: It removes dark pigmentation while curbing the production of melanin, which is what causes dark spots.
As an acne treatment, it effectively unclogs pores by removing the dirt, oil, and bacteria responsible for breakouts. By clearing debris from pores, retinol also ensures that other helpful, acne-fighting ingredients can reach deep into our skin.
Retinol are not to be used during the day, as retinol application will lead to the revealing of new skin, this new skin are very vulnerable to the sun even when you are wearing sunscreen with high SPF.
We are all about taking care of your skin, morning and night thus you should only be applying retinol at night.
In general, it doesn’t do well when exposed to sunlight and air. Anything derived from vitamin A is likely to break down in daylight or with oxygen exposure, which is why the best retinol products are packaged in opaque, tightly sealed tubes.
Apply it at night after you’ve washed your face. In terms of how much? Apply a pearl-sized amount. A little bit of retinol serum goes a long way!
Like we said, retinol serves a multitude of purposes. Therefore, it is beneficial to a range of skin types!
People that are pregnant or breastfeeding are the only ones we would advise against it. It’s always best to check with your doctor or dermatologist if you’re at all concerned about using something on your skin for the first time!