You may have noticed Retinol increasingly appearing in the ingredient list of your skin care products. And there are many good reasons for that, and today we’ll be sharing with you 5 of them.
Besides 5 reasons why you should use Retinol, we’ll also be sharing with you insider tips on how to choose the RIGHT retinol product, what are the things to look out for!
5 Reasons why YOU should use Retinol
Look 5 – 10 years younger!
Retinols can truly rejuvenate and so wonders to your skin. Many anti-ageing ingredients do not reduce existing wrinkles but only prevent new ones from forming. However Retinol is scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles because of it’s ability to promote Collagen & Hyaluronic Production. And these are the substances that give your skin its structure, firmness and fullness.
What pores? Clearer smoother skin.
Retinoids are excellent exfoliants, revealing a clearer, smoother and more radiant you! They sweep away dead cells that cause clogged, enlarged pores, whiteheads and blackheads which leads to acnes. At the same time, they’ll also help regulate your skin’s sebum production. Think clear and radiant skin, instead of shiny!
Fades spots and Evens out skin tone!
How you ask? Well Retinol helps speed up your skin’s natural cell turn over process (it’s how your skin renews and replaces itself). And because of this, any spots or discolouration on your skin would fade much faster!
Prevent signs of premature ageing!
Early use of products containing pure and stable Retinol will help you combat fine lines before they start to appear noticeable, so skin continues to look years younger than it’s true age. It also slows down your skin’s depletion of collagen, thus prevent new wrinkles from forming. No wonder so many consider it the gold standard for anti-ageing!
Less side effects but just as effective!
You might have heard of Retin-A (Tretinoin) which is usually dispensed by dermatologists for treatment of acne, etc. This not only requires prescription but is also well known to cause skin irritation! The good news is however, due to certain enzymes in our skin, Retinol is able to give you the benefits of Retin-A, while producing less side effects!
Tips for you on choosing and using Retinol products!
Is it stable?
All retinoids have chemical and photochemical stability problems. To what extent they are stable is dependent upon factors such as solvent, temperature and available oxygen. If retinol becomes unstable, the effectiveness diminishes and the benefits are lost. Look for dark or opaque tube or bottle which helps maintain the formula’s stability by UV-light penetration.
Is concentration all that matter?
Retinol’s strength is not only determined by its concentration. It’s efficacy relies heavily on its formulation and delivery system. A product containing a higher percentage level of Retinol will not necessarily work better or faster. Look for brands with scientific backing and research on their product formulation.
Is it able to penetrate my skin?
It may seem so obvious that we tend to neglect this. Retinol must penetrate skin to improve it. Many other over-the-counter products only topically coat the skin, compromising results. One thing to look for is whether the Retinol used is encapsulated. Delivering it this way enables it to penetrate into your skin’s surface, giving you the results that you desire.
Would it cause me skin irritation?
Yes we did mention above that Retinol has much less side effects compared to Retin-A, however many people still get skin irritation from Retinol products. Look out for Retinol products that minimises irritation. For example, all Medik8 Retinol products (3TR, 6TR) are encapsulated with slow release, so that your skin gets the full benefits without the irritation!
When should I use it?
Retinol encourages skin cell turnover; this new skin is delicate and should not be exposed to the sun. That is why Retinol should only be found in products intended for night use only. When used in the daytime, retinol will have the opposite effect from those mentioned above and actually make your skin age faster because it is more susceptible to the sun!
How do I start using it?
Retinol works best when introduced gradually to your regimen. Using Retinol is like training for a marathon. Slowly build up your tolerance level. Once your skin adjusts to this effective ingredient, you’ll be able to incorporate it into a daily skincare regimen with little chance of flaking or redness.
We recommend the following for first time Medik8 retinol users:
- Weeks 1 and 2: every third night
- Weeks 3 and 4: every second night
- Week 5 onwards: every night
What makes Medik8 Retinol products different?
- Encapsulated Retinol for enhanced penetration
- Balanced formulation to achieve maximum stability
- Time release delivery system (gradual release of active ingredients) for minimal skin irritation
- Paraben-free, Preservative-free (self-preserving formula), Fragrance-free