Have you heard of Retinol? Chances are if you aren’t already using it, then you have at least heard of it. This all-star ingredient is a must-have because of it’s proven anti-aging properties. So, what’s all the buzz about?
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a a form of Vitamin A, which is one of the best vitamins for your skin. It is a strong antioxidant and protects your skin from free radicals. Furthermore, it has been proven to stimulate and produce collagen, while improving the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles. Retinol belongs to a family called retinoids, and is one of the only substances that is small enough to penetrate the outer layers of your skin and work its way down to the lower layers where collagen and elastin reside. They also help reduce sebum activity, which results in less acne!
Due to its potency, retinol is found in anti-aging creams and serums. You can absorb Vitamin A through foods such as carrots, kale, sweet potato, and dark leafy greens, but the best way is to applying it straight to your skin.
When should you apply Retinol?
Vitamin A derivatives, including retinol, are not effective when exposed to the sun and air. They will break down if you include it your daytime skin care regimen, so the best time to apply it is during the night before you go to bed. Also, make sure you’re buying products they come in pumps or tubes because their shelf life is a couple of months, once they’re opened.