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Retinol: Why it has been a gold standard for so long!

Updated: Mar 14, 2020

You may have heard or seen, "Retinol" at some point. Maybe you heard it in a commercial, saw it in a magazine or on a billboard. Perhaps a friend was telling you about it being recommended by her dermatologist or that she has it in her skincare. What is retinol exactly and why has it received so much attention for so long? Well, the short answer is because it works. Retinol, also known as vitamin A, is fat soluble meaning it can be stored in fat cells. This is opposed to water soluble vitamins which the body excretes after taking what it needs i.e B vitamins. Only a small percentage of retinol is needed to be effective (0.5-1%). Despite some claims, anything containing a higher percentage of retinol should be prescribed by a doctor.

Here are some of the benefits of Retinol:

  • Nourishes skin (It is a vitamin after all)

  • Decreases fine lines and wrinkles

  • Increases collagen production

  • Lightens dark spots and circles

  • Plumps skin

  • Treats acne

Potential side effects\precautions:

  • Dryness

  • Irritation

  • Increased photosensitivity

  • Do not use while pregnant

Sound too good to be true, well it's not?! Retinol will not give you a total face lift, but it can help with all the aforementioned aging signs. Most people do not experience dryness or irritation unless using prescription strength retinol (Retinoids) as given by a doctor. A lifetime of sun exposure and poor skincare cannot be fully undone, but you can start making positive choices today. Wear sunscreen, eat healthy and nourish your skin with quality products. Your skin will thank you and when you look in the mirror confidence will emanate.

We would love to hear if you have tried retinol and the results you've noticed. Questions and comments are welcome.


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