I never can talk enough of one of my favorite ingredients in skincare, retinol. I have used it forever. I started with the prescription retinols that were so poorly formulated they ripped my skin off and I seldom used them as prescribed. After becoming an esthetician, I moved into the retinols that were formulated by formulators that listened to what estheticians knew people wanted and gentle but effective enough to use daily. Now, I work with a great group of estheticians that formulate the best retinol I’ve ever used. The key is a good balance of effective ingredients that work together to be very effective yet gentle. Almost all my clients end up on retinol.
Retinol ingredients work to neutralize free radicals, stimulate collagen production and accelerate skin turnover, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and blurring acne marks and other blemishes in the process.
Retinol is just one of the many different types of retinoids (the umbrella term for all vitamin-A derivatives, including retinol) that are on the market. Retinyl palmitate – the weakest of the retinoids (a great place to start), Retinol – the next strongest and most tolerable, to Retinaldehyde – even stronger. Not including prescriptions which is often too much for many.
Talk to your favorite Esthetician about including a Retinol Serum into your skincare regimen.