Results. Brighter, firmer, smoother skin; a reduction in fine lines and pigmentation; and clearer, blemish-free skin. Seriously, Vitamin A is the ingredient to incorporate into your skincare regime.
Retinoids, are one of the few ingredients used in skincare that have been repeatedly proven to work. Dermatological studies show that they work wonders to reverse the signs of ageing and are a key ingredient to fight blemishes (they’re so effective that doctors prescribe retinoids to treat acne). Retinoids work by doing a few different things.
- They encourage healthy cell turnover in our skin. This means skin cells are less likely to block up our pores leading to blemishes. Our skin gets revived, giving us a bright, glowing complexion.
- They stimulate collagen and elastin production - the two key building blocks of our skin. This helps keep our skin firm and plump, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- They block proinflammatory signals. This is helpful in targeting blemishes, as it means inflamed blemishes which can cause scarring are less likely to occur.
Don’t worry. If you’re new to using retinol, you might experience some tingling sensations, redness or dry skin. The good news is that these side effects should be temporary and normally go away after a few weeks. If you experience severe discomfort or symptoms, you should stop using the retinoid and seek professional medical help. Retinoids can also make our skin more sensitive to the sun. If you can, avoid it; if you must be in the sun, make sure you’re wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen (although you should be doing this anyway…). Sun sensitivity should return to normal after a few months of use.
Ease in gently. Start off by using the retinol twice a week for a couple of weeks; then go to every other day for a few weeks; and finally every day. This should help your skin time to adapt to a Vitamin A. Remember, everyone’s skin is different: some of us might be able to use the product every day without any issues; others might take longer to build up tolerance. If you have any questions or concerns, drop us an email - firstname.lastname@example.org.