Published: Mon January 14, 2013
Categories: The Myth Minx
Many people try to stop ageing – which isn’t possible. Time moves on, no matter how much we try to 'turn it back'. Yet the idea that you can’t slow down the ageing process in your skin is indeed a myth.
You don’t need to sip from the ‘Eternal Cup of Youth’ to get your skin to relax on looking older day-by-day, but you do need to be using retinol.
For those of you who haven’t heard of retinol – Retinol is a topical retinoid from the vitamin A family, which has powerful therapeutic potential in the management of aging skin
. Many studies have demonstrated that once-daily topical applications of Retinol improve fine lines and wrinkles
, lighten pigmentation, rebuild the stratum corneum, and increase dermal collagen synthesis and assist angiogenesis (formation of blood vessels), all of which are common signs of aging skin
Vitamin A is a known photo-sensitiser and sunscreen must always be worn during daytime use. Vitamin A is sun-sensitive and its effectiveness will be diminished due to UV exposure, the use of a sunscreen will also protect its efficiency. For this reason it is best to use Retinol in the evening only.
Retinol should be used in a pea-sized amount on a clean skin. A moisturizer may be applied over the top if required. Start by applying the product on the face taking the residue down on to the neck and décolleté area. Care should be taken not to over use the product (especially on the neck) as this can cause too much sensitivity resulting in redness and itching of the skin, If this occurs less product should be used and less frequently.
So how do you know that you have a good quality product?
A higher retinol percent and price point can often mislead consumers into thinking they are getting a better quality product which is in most cases is simply not true. Look for a product that is purchased through skincare specialists or cosmetic
doctors and uses advanced encapsulation technology. Another good tip is to look at the color of the product. As Retinol loses its efficacy it turns darker in color changing from a pale yellow to a bright orange color. For this reason it is best to avoid the darker more orange colored products.
Retinol may be used every evening however it needs to be slowly introduced into a skincare regime. For best results it should be used 2 – 3 times a week building up to every evening as the skin can tolerate a more regular application.
Unencapsulated Vitamin A, present in a formulation over 0.5% can cause stinging, peeling and sensitivity, often leading clients to discontinue use of their product thus, forfeiting results. Percentages in formulas can vary from 0.5% – 1% in over the counter preparations. A lower dosage should be used to start with building up to a higher percentage as the skin is able to tolerate a stronger percentage to target more severe lines and wrinkles
. Low dose retinol may be continually used for years as part of a regular skincare regime.
So there you have it – why buy into a myth when the reality of retinol means you can slow the process of skin looking older. Win & Win.
What do you think? Have you used Retinol as part of your daily skincare routine? What have been your results?