What is Retinol?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

When it comes to turning back the clock on the visible signs of skin aging, Retinol is the beauty industry gold standard ingredient. Backed by over four decades of scientific research, topical retinoids provide a visible reduction in the signs of skin aging.





What is retinol?

Retinol is the name for an over the counter retinoid. 

Before we continue talking specifically about retinol, we need to discuss retinoids.

What exactly is a retinoid? A retinoid is a Vitamin A derivative that accelerates cell turnover, unclogs the pores, and stimulates collagen to reduce the look of fine lines.

The anti-aging benefits of retinoids were unknown back when it was first approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. In fact, when the FDA first approved Tretinoin, it was for the treatment of acne. Tretinoin was patented in 1957 and approved for use five years later. The brand name you may be familiar with is prescription Retin-A. Since Retin-A, other brand names have come about including Renova, among others.

While acne treatment was its original claim to fame, dermatologists who prescribed it would later notice that patients who used it were experiencing skin with that looked younger and brighter as well.

Today, there are different classes of prescription retinoids, including adapalene and tazarotene. All three classes are quite effective -- they are just slightly different strengths.

While we're talking about retinoids, Differin (adapalene) is now available OTC without a prescription for acne.


About Retinol and its skin benefits


Retinol is an impressive over the counter retinoid.


Retinol gradually converts to reitnoic acid, which is the active ingredients in prescription retinoids) and it is VERY effective at treating the skin signs of aging. It just takes a bit longer. It is also gentler with fewer side effects.

Retinol enhances collagen production is truly the most effective OTC anti-aging skincare ingredient available.

Retinol must be stabilized. Most “retinol” products contain esters of retinol, such as Retinyl Palmitate and Retinyl Acetate, which are the LEAST effective forms. You need to see Retinol on the label. If you use the derivatives I just mentioned, you will not be able to achieve the same results that you would with pure retinol.




My favorite Retinol product


I have been using an ecobeauty serum at night from a brand called OZ Naturals. This serum is the real deal! It's called the Pro-Retaxinol 2.5 Serum and sells on the OZ Naturals website for a modest price of $17.95.


Here is the listing of ingredients:

AQUA, GLYCERIN, 1,3 PROPANDIOL, RETINOL, CAPRIC CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDES, HAEMATOCOCCUS PLUVIALIS EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) EXTRACT, XANTHAN GUM, ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) EXTRACT, POLYSORBATE 20, P ANISIC ACID,  PHENYLPROPANOL, PROPANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL , TOCOPHEROL, CITRIC ACID, BIXA ORELLANA SEED EXTRACT.

Other ingredients in this serum that are worth mentioning

This serum also boasts Astaxanthin, which is a keto-carotenoid. This ingredient is found in sea algae and is a powerful antioxidant -- believed to be significantly more potent than any other antioxidant.

There is moisture boosting protective Vitamin Ehyaluronic acid, antioxidant green tea, and rosehip oil which can improve skin tone, pigmentation, and uneven texture. 

I use this serum at night before my Seed Extra Moisturizing Face Cream. It is gentle enough for my fairly sensitive skin, too. If you are looking for an effective pure retinol product that is gentle and affordable, you will not a find a better one than this serum from OZ Naturals.


Does it work?

I am loving this. Most retinoids are a bit too strong for my skin, resulting in peeling. This pure retinol serum has been in my arsenal for a while now and I am starting to see a slight reduction in fine lines, especially near my mouth where I have a pesky line. I will keep you updates as I use this for a longer period of time.
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