Retinol is a popular buzzword within the growing circles of dermatologists and skincare enthusiasts. Offhandedly used by beauty bloggers and enthusiastically boasted about in bold on tiny tubes of moisturizers and day creams, for all of the attention devoted to this mysterious magic ingredient, users of retinol-infused products have surprisingly little actual information on what retinol does and its benefits.
So, what is retinol?
“Retinoids are essentially a form of vitamin A and a class of anti-aging compounds used in skincare. They help fight acne, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and promote cellular turnover.” – Dr. Lela Lankerani, dermatologist in Lakeway, TX & Marble Falls, TX.
A synthetic derivative of vitamin A, retinol is commonly used in skin products and dietary supplements because of its cell-boosting properties. Fish, dairy products, carrots and meat are some retinol-rich food source which give the body a Vitamin A boost through the conversion of the consumed retinal to retinoic acid.
Great, so what can this Vitamin A derivative do for my skin?
Retinol’s de-ageing properties are highly effective, fast, and absolutely fantastic on individuals who start using retinol-added products as early as their late twenties. According to Harvard Health, ‘They (retinoids) also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin color. Additional benefits include fading age spots and softening rough patches of skin. However, it takes three to six months of regular use before improvements in wrinkles are apparent—and the best results take six to 12 months.’
When applied in the form of a chemical peel or a cream, retinol’s cell generation capabilities convert to accelerating the production of new skin and boosting collagen. Giving outer skin a youthful sheen and healthier texture, retinol peels work wonders for anti-ageing skincare routines. Retinol peels not only naturally hydrate skin, but also make it smoother, with the retinol molecules in the peels penetrating past the initial layers of skin and combating acne, unclogging pores, and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.
The before and after results of using retinol peels after five-eight month marks are an astoundingly pleasing sight as the lessening of age spots and the rejuvenation of skin is starkly, radiantly evident.
Working at a cellular level, retinol peels improve skin pigmentation, complexion, and the appearance of fine lines. If you are a person who just woke up one day to tell-tale fine lines on their forehead, and are now sinking into an existential crisis, snap out of it because retinol peels offer magical benefits which sound quite unrealistic until you start using the product! Exfoliating, cleansing, and refreshing, retinol peels target most of the skin concerns of ageing skin and are also suitable for almost all skin types (oily, dry, acne-ridden etc.)