What Does Retinol Do For Your Skin?
It seems like there are hundreds of ingredients in professional skin care products. Acetone, alcohol, ascorbic acid, BHA, dysport, glycerin — the list goes on. It will take more than one blog post to tell you about all of the beneficial properties, describe how they work, and whether or not they can actually give you results, so we’re going to focus this blog on just one of them: Retinol. We’re all heard of it, we have maybe even used it, but do you know what it is? Do you know how it helps the appearance of our skin? We’ll get to the bottom of all of your retinol questions and more.
First, What is Retinol?
This professional skin care product is actually a form of Vitamin A. Originally used to help treat acne, doctors and dermatologists realized that it also has beneficial properties that help reduce fine lines and minimize wrinkles.
Within the Vitamin A family are a set of compounds, Retin-A and retinol. Other compounds include retinoic acid (or tretinoin), retinyl palmitate, and retinaldehyde. Retin-A is a prescription acne cream that has tretinoin as the active ingredient. Many of these ingredients work to treat acne, but they are also found in various anti-wrinkle products.
How Does it Work?
Vitamin A is an antioxidant, which means that it helps to protect cells from damage, will enhance the production of cells, and will slow down the forming of wrinkles and pigmentation that are common signs of aging.
New Cell Growth
As the cells of our skin go through their life cycle, they will harden and eventually die and flake off. When retinol is used, it helps the cells to hurry up their cycle and flake off earlier so that new cell growth is left. This new cell growth allows for increased production of collagen that protects against wrinkles, thin skin, and sun damage.
Maybe the most important anti-aging property of our skin, retinol helps slow the breakdown of collagen when our skin is exposed to UV rays. This helps the underlying epidermis layer of our skin to remain healthy and firm so that wrinkles won’t form.
Improves the Color of Age Spots
If you have spent too much time in the sun, you may notice dark spots on your skin. In order to reduce the dark color of age spots, retinol helps lower the production of melanin, which gives our skin its color.
Are There Side Effects?
When you’re researching any professional skin care product, it’s important to note if there are any side effects, especially if you have sensitive skin. Because retinol can be so powerful, it can cause some irritation to your skin, including redness and peeling. If you are just starting to use anti-aging products, it may be a good idea to start slow and see how your skin reacts.
What to reduce wrinkles, lines, sun spots, increase collagen, and cell growth without the negative side effects?
While the above are all wonderful benefits from just one professional skin care product, it does come with a fairly heavy downside. It’s never fun having to worry about dry or flaky skin because your skin is sensitive. So what can you use instead?
Red LED Light Therapy
At iderma, our professional skin care product can do all of the above, but without the side effects. The wavelength of red LED light penetrates the layers of our skin to stimulate cells growth. Does that sound familiar? Just like retinol, by stimulating cell growth, your skin can experience increased collagen, the epidermis will be plump and firm (meaning wrinkles and fine lines will fade), age spots will fade, and because dead skin cells flake off, the size of your pores will appear smaller. Learn more about how our professional skin care product works here.
iderma’s red LED light therapy masque is easy to use, comfortable, and you will see results in the feel and look of your skin in as little as four weeks. Just three, eight-minute sessions per week and your skin will appear youthful, redness from rosacea will fade, deep wrinkles will bounce back, and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief knowing you found a reliable professional skin care product. For those with sensitive skin, this is the perfect solution aging.Instead of using retinol that can irritate the skin, order an LED light masque today.