Retinol is one of the few ingredients that is truly anti-aging. If implemented into your skincare routine early on, it is actually preventative. This powerful skincare ingredient is also ideal for those suffering from breakouts, uneven and dull skin tone, and sunspots. It’s a multitasking complexion savior, and we’re so here for it.
Retinol is a concentrated form of vitamin A, which is used to increase skin cell turnover, boost the skin’s antioxidants, reveal healthier cells, even the complexion and texture, and decrease the appearance of pores and wrinkles. In short, it really is an ingredient that gives you better skin instantly, as well as over time.
If you’re not using retinol weekly, you should be. Even those with sensitive skin can benefit from the right retinol: choose one that is time release, a low percentage, or includes hydrating and soothing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid!
With retinol, you want to start slowly: apply every third day, at night, then increase to every other night, then build to every night. It’s imperative to use sunscreen every morning, as retinol can increase your skin’s photosensitivity. We don’t use retinol during the day—and we don’t recommend it, either.
When it comes to defense against fine lines and maintaining a healthy glow, there's no ingredient in skincare more lauded. The irony? Even though the revolutionary youth-enhancing active is a mainstay of pharmacies, and clinics alike, it still manages to mystify. And thus, is often misused or underutilized.
To bring it back to the basics, retinol—alongside other retinoids, such as retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate—is essentially a derivative of vitamin A, which is one of the body's key nutrients for boosting cell turnover. It's added to topical skincare products to promote skin renewal, brighten skin tone, reduce acne, and boost the collagen production. It also functions like an antioxidant to help address free radical damage, which leads to visible signs of aging.
We break down how to carefully incorporate the powerhouse ingredient into your regimen to achieve a supernaturally fresh-faced complexion, now and for decades to come.
Thirty has long been the banner year for introducing retinol into one's routine, but motivated by early signs of aging, such as sun spots or crows feet, or simply eager to get a head start and utilize the latest technologies, many mean and women are starting before then and under the careful watch of their practitioner. Your mid-twenties are a great time to start using retinol. Many patients who have used it for years swear by it.
Balance is critical. Retinol can be very irritating if used too frequently or if the formulation is too strong for your skin. Start off with a pea-sized amount of a low percentage formula (.01% to 0.03%), and using it two times per week, slowly increasing the usage to give the skin a chance to acclimate. And in that spirit, there's a spate of new time-release formulas fit for skin types prone to redness or breakouts. They're a good option for people who have sensitive skin. It releases the active ingredient over time and may offer less irritation. In terms of prescription retinol versus something over the counter, the former is much more potent with a higher percentage of retinol and one can graduate to it over time.
Chief among these proven ingredients are a group of naturally occurring beta-carotene or Vitamin A derivatives called Retinoids that are considered the gold standard of skincare and a MUST HAVE in any at-home regime that is serious about achieving results.
When applied to the skin topically, retinoids are a potent anti-oxidant and act on certain skin receptors to achieve their benefits by regulating normal cell activity at a molecular level. By regulating gene expression, Retinoids can normalise growth and differentiation of keratinocytes (fundamental skin cells); stimulate the manufacture of Collagen and Elastin (two fibers that give skin its elasticity); aswell as inhibiting the production of Collagenase (an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin). Retinoids therefore combat skin deterioration by both building proteins that strengthen the skin and inhibiting proteins that cause skin breakdown.
During AADFA’s “FACE” training program, Dentists are educated on the best types of at-home skincare products for different types of patients; their different skin types; and their different clinical problems. From cleansers and serums, through to moisturisers, there are several key, scientifically proven, active ingredients that Dentists need to instruct patients to use, that combine synergistically to achieve the best results. Imparting this information allows patients to cut through all the marketing hype of the thousands of products that do little and cost a lot – proper skincare doesn’t need to be expensive.