As skin care professionals we hear this comment often, “I have a Retinol or Retin A (both Vitamin A derivatives) prescription, but I don’t use it because it irritated my skin.” Yes, Retinol can cause irritation for sensitive skin types limiting its’ use. However, good news: Retinol formulations have greatly improved, and users have been thrilled with amazing results!
Topical retinol is perhaps the best studied, results-driven, ingredient in the skin care market, and it has powerful benefits! Today’s advanced cosmeceutical retinols are combined with beneficial, soothing, and hydrating skin care ingredients such as peptides and antioxidants to help your skin acclimatize to using retinol. Retinol encourages the production of new skin cells and increases the rate that these cells travel to the surface of the skin. Check out these amazing skin benefits:
- Diminished wrinkle appearance
- Tighter and more luminous skin
- An increase in collagen and elastin production
- Clearing clogged pores that cause pimples and acne
Skin Care By Design carries these newer formulas in our cosmeceutical skin care lines. We offer two different brands of retinols: Jan Marini Age Intervention Retinol and Skin Medica Retinol Complex. Each brand offers the highest concentration of retinol available and is equal n strength to prescription Retin A.
When introducing retinol into your skin care routine, it is best to start low to avoid irritation. Start with applying your retinol 2-3 times per week (2-3 days apart), gradually increase to every other night, then advance to each evening as tolerated. Remember to apply sunscreen daily as retinols can make your skin more photosensitive.
Ask us on your next visit if a retinol is right for you. It is our pleasure to help you with any questions you may have!