It is a fact of life that as we get older, our skin will start to age and may not be what it once was, but your skin is worthy of all the protection you can give it against premature ageing.
Did you know visible signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles, are caused by minuscule molecules known as ‘free radicals.’ Free radicals multiply considerably with exposure to sun, air pollution and other environmental effects, destroying your skin cells and breaking down collagen that gives your skin its youthful elasticity. Retinol
is an antioxidant which can interrupt the free-radical damage process and so dramatically prevents wrinkling and fine-lines.
What is Retinol?
Plainly put, retinol is just another name for vitamin A. It is an exceptionally effective cell-communicating component, which means it can attach to pretty much any skin cell and tell it to act like a healthy, younger skin cell. Retinol is effective because when absorbed into your skin it is broken down and becomes retinoic acid. Retinoic acid is the compound that actually influences skin cells and the way they behave.
As well as being an anti-oxidant and having proven anti-aging benefits, Retinol also increases collagen production. Collagen is a protein produced by our cells that helps to hold the skin together giving it firmness and elasticity. Retinol can even improve pore function and pore size! While it cannot change the pore size which is down to genetics, it can reduce the size of pores that have enlarged as a result of sun damage or clogging.
Furthermore, Retinol is an effective acne and eczema combater and can improve discolorations and wrinkles from sun damage.
In total retinol can help over 100 skin issues. It the best and unparalleled ingredient for your skin!
So what Retinol products do we recommend?
ZO Skin Health, Inc. has developed a wide range of therapeutic treatment protocols and daily skincare solutions that generate and maintain healthy skin under the expert knowledge of Dr. Zein Obagi. Based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies and unique formulation, these products can provide continuous skin health for all skin types, genders, and ages. The Ossential Radical Night Repair Plus
contains a full 1% concentration of retinol, stimulating new cell activity and collagen formation in aged and UV damaged skin faster and more effectively than any other anti-aging treatment.
This is a fragrance-free product, which is what you want given fragrance-free is best for skin and high-strength retinol products require a gentle formula in order to minimize the risk of side effects 1% retinol can have.
This is the highest concentration of retinol in an over-the-counter product and it is actually six times higher than the traditional retinol products. Retinol is encapsulated in a time-release microsphere to reduce irritation and the water-free formula boosts the potency of active ingredients. Microspheres are attracted deeper lines and wrinkles allowing the retinol to go to work where skin needs it most. The key features of this incredible formula are –
- Reduces lines and wrinkles.
- Decreases hyperpigmentation (age spots, sun damage).
- Helps stimulate collagen production.
- Accelerates cellular turnover.
- Increases skin thickness and elasticity.
This silky, silicone-based retinol serum may be expensive, but is so worth it for the high-potency Retinol, and Retinol at 1% is definitely potent.