Retinol is a form of Vitamin A. The vitamin A molecule, and it’s derivatives are known as retinoids. Retinoids are a form of Vitamin A that require a dermatologist’s prescription for use. There is also an over the counter Retinoid, which is known as Retinol that can be used as a prescription alternative. Retinol is a commonly found ingredient in anti-aging skincare products and cosmetics.
Retonic acid is found in retinoid prescriptions, which is the key ingredient for boosting skin’s collagen and minimizing wrinkles or fine lines. While retonic acid is also found in over the counter Retinols. Retinol must first be absorbed into the skin, and once absorbed, converted on a cellular level from Retinol to retonic acid, in order to achieve the anti-aging effects. Because of this process, over the counter products and cosmetics containing Retinol are less potent than prescriptions, so they require more time to see the results (approximately 12 weeks).
Most prescription Retinoid creams and cleansers work so quickly (minimum of 4 weeks) because they are so potent, often causing redness and irritation to the skin. To help avoid redness and irritation a rigorous, well balanced combination skincare routine including a variety of other products, i.e. gentle cleanser can be used. It is necessary to find the right combination for your skin type.
It is better to use the prescription alternative, Retinol, so that your skin won’t react as harshly to the ingredient. Because it is less potent, therefore less irritating, it won’t cause the redness or flaking side effects commonly found in the prescription strength. Although prescriptions take 4 weeks or longer to see results, you may be dealing with unpleasant side effects to the skin throughout this entire time.
Products containing Retinol may take longer to achieve the anti-aging effects, it is a much gentler option for your skin, and eventually will provide the same desired results as the prescription forms, therefore providing the same effectiveness with more time but minimal side effects.
Now that you know a little more about the different forms of Vitamin A’s derivatives, let me tell you a little more about Retinol containing products and cosmetics (non-prescriptions) and how they are beneficial for your skin.
The use of Retinol can be used to ensure proper skin care as it not only has properties with anti-aging effects, it also acts as an antioxidant to the skin.
Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your Retinol moisturizer:
- Apply products at night as Retinol containing products can be sensitive to sunlight. Doing so will enable your skin to avoid any increased susceptibility to UV ray damage that wouldn’t have occurred naturally with exposure.
- Use sunscreen when exposure to sun’s UV rays are likely, as you would normally apply.
- If you haven’t used a Retinol containing product before, begin by using the product a few days a week, or every other day. Don’t apply it daily until your skin becomes accustomed. This will help to avoid any irritation that could be caused by Retinol containing products, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you do not experience any side effects with use, increase applications to daily.
Some things to consider when using Retinal containing products:
- Use an exfoliator.
- Do not use products containing Retinol if you have waxed your skin recently.
- Avoid while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Wear sunscreen.
Looking for a Retinol for your skin care routine? Check our Amara Organics Rentiol Serum.