THE ROLE OF RETINOL IN SKINCARE
Published March 1, 2023
As we age, our skin goes through many changes that can take a toll on its health and appearance. One of the most effective ingredients in combating wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of aging is retinol. Many skincare products tout retinol as their primary active ingredient for treating these issues. So what makes this vitamin A derivative so special? Let's explore all you need to know about how retinol works to repair and protect your skin from further damage.
WHAT IS RETINOL?
Retinol is a molecule that dermatologists have been using for decades. It is one of three forms of vitamin A, in addition to retinal and retinoic acid. Originally used to treat acne, many of the studies conducted on retinol revealed new properties, including its skin-rejuvenating benefits.
WHERE DOES RETINOL COME FROM?
Vitamin A naturally occurs in small amounts in the body and was first isolated in the retina, which gave it the name retinol.
It is found in the fatty part of animal products, particularly meat and dairy products. Retinol can also be synthesized by the body from its precursor, beta-carotene, which is found in fruit and vegetables.
In cosmetics, retinol is synthesized in laboratories to ensure its quality and stability.
HOW DOES RETINOL WORK?
Retinol is often described as one of the most effective anti-aging active ingredients! But, how does it work?
In the epidermis, which is the top layer of skin, retinol stimulates cell renewal to smooth the skin texture and reveal a radiant complexion.
In the dermis, which is the middle layer of skin, it boosts fibroblast proliferation and the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers, which tend to decrease with age, to reduce wrinkles.
WHY INCLUDE RETINOL PRODUCTS IN YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE?
Aging causes our skin’s physiological mechanisms to become slower. Retinol’s skin-regenerating properties help it to stimulate these mechanisms to slow down skin aging. Studies carried out on this ingredient have demonstrated its many benefits: it reduces wrinkles, improves skin elasticity, tightens pores, and diminishes dark spots.
Because it is so powerful, retinol can cause reactions such as redness, particularly in sensitive skin. As a solution and thanks to advances in formulation, retinol can be encapsulated so that the skin tolerates it better.
This leading active ingredient can be found in the NCEF-INTENSIVE and GLOBAL-REPAIR INTENSIVE serums. These formulas contain encapsulated retinol to provide all the benefits of this effective active ingredient while respecting the skin.
Retinol is a favorite amongst skincare enthusiasts because it is an extremely effective ingredient in achieving an anti-aging effect on skin. It works by stimulating collagen production and skin cell turnover to reduce wrinkles, fight age spots, and improve overall skin tone. Including a product with retinol in your beauty routine is essential for long-term anti-aging results.