Retinol is a pure form of vitamin A, an essential compound for the prolonged youth of our bodies. It has been used by the anti-wrinkle industry for a long time, based on its unique properties. One of the main benefits of retinol is its ability to boost new cell production. Initially, it works on the skin’s surface, by stimulating active regeneration. With time, or with the use of more professional procedures that contain higher doses, Retinol actually encourages fibroblasts to an increased synthesis of collagen and elastin- two main proteins that build our skin and are responsible for its firmness and elasticity. It results in an improved cohesion and density of the skin fibers, which directly improves its condition. Additionally, retinol increases the colour of the skin by reducing the size of melanocytes (pigment cells), which makes it an ally in a fight against pigmentation and age spots.
Retinol treatments are generally safe for most of us- it is a very well tolerated substance. Firstly, it can cause mild irritation, and subsequently some peeling of the dead skin cells can occur. Increased sensitivity can persist for some days, after which it only gets better- the skin regains its glow and small wrinkles disappear. Like with most professional procedures though, to see real results you do require a number of treatments, matched to your individual needs.
Of course, contradictions to the use of retinol exist. One of the most important is pregnancy as Retinol penetrates the skin deeply, all the way to the blood vessels. Therefore, pure form of vitamin A can be a danger to an unborn child and cause birth defects. Of course, don’t panic if you had a treatment while unaware of the early pregnancy. A single dose would unlikely be an issue, although you should immediately discontinue the series of treatments and inform your physician about it. Other contradictions to retinol usage are breastfeeding, active rosacea, cold sore or any other case of an open wound.
Also, a matter of great importance is the timing of retinol application. As it makes the skin very sensitive to the effects of sun- summer might not be the best time for it. Unless, you plan to spend the entire summertime stuck behind a desk, and wearing high UV protection at all times. It is simply safer, however, to consider retinol treatments during other seasons.
We have established vitamin A to be super valuable in the anti-wrinkle endeavors. It also has other great uses- by improving the keratinisation processes of our skin, retinol reduces acne, blackheads, inflammation and overproduction of sebum. In the case of oily or T-zone skin types, regardless of the initial drying feeling, Retinol improves long term moisture and hyaluronic acid production.
Just remember to be sun-smart while taking advantage of this remarkable ingredient.
Did you know, that in Resibo’s nourishing cream, you can find algae extract which acts as a natural retinol? And no side effects- it is safe even during summer months.