Retinol, A Grow Old In Style Wrinkle-Buster
So, what's the big deal? Retinol is an anti-ageing powerhouse. It thickens the epidermis, helps cell differentiation, regulates keratinisation, prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin, and increases cutaneous vitamin A levels, so that we reap the benefits of its anti-ageing properties. In simpler terms, retinol leaves us with skin that's smoother, softer, radiant, and even-toned.
Retinol is the nightingale of the anti-ageing world. Why? By boosting cell renewal, retinol leaves our skin susceptible to UV damage and can cause problems by photosensitisation. Which is why retinol-based treatments are a great night-time or winter-time option. If you apply an anti-wrinkle cream that contains retinol in the morning, follow it with a cream that contains an SPF 30.
Or, use a retinol cream that has SPF in it like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Moisturizing Eye Cream with SPF 35 PA++. The pro-retinol in the Moisturizing Eye Cream reduces fine lines and wrinkles, boosts skin firmness, youthfulness, and radiance and the SPF 35 provides UV protection.
Retinol is a slowly but surely anti-wrinkle ingredient. Retinol works best over time, as your skin needs to adjust to its presence. Scientists refer to this as 'cellular memory'. Start by applying your retinol cream two nights a week. If your skin reddens, leave a longer gap between each application. If all goes well, move up to three times a week. But even if you have a slight flare-up, don't panic! If your retinol cream causes a tiny reaction, it means that it's doing its job. It's just getting to work on your lines and wrinkles.
Back in the day, retinol was known to irritate skin, but formulae have since been re-jigged. Advances in the skincare world have allowed researchers and labs to come up with retinol-based creams suited to all skin types. This is because the retinol used is slowly released, meaning it won't saturate and subsequently irritate skin. So you have no reason to worry. Even if your skin is ultra-sensitive, you'll still find a retinol anti-ageing cream that suits your skin!