WHAT IS RETINOL?

Retinol is a type of retinoid derived from Vitamin A, and it’s considered to be the miracle cure for most skin problems. Dermatologists recommend this powerful ingredient for its cell-renewing properties. Before your early 30s, your cells turnover every 28 days, but after your mid 30s, cell regeneration slows down to every two to three months. Slower regeneration leads to wrinkles and dry, uneven skin. When you apply retinol to your skin, it speeds up the cell renewal process, resulting in fresher, smoother skin. Another reason retinol is so popular is because it’s readily available as an over-the-counter skin care product. Retinol comes in varying concentrations, some low enough to treat sensitive skin. However, don’t let the low concentration fool you — retinol has the power to gift you a brand new complexion in as few as 12 weeks.
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RETINOIDS VS RETINOL VS RETIN-A (TRETINOIN)

Vitamin A comes in many different forms. While the different forms of retinoids have similar names, each has different uses. With the surplus of skin care products, it can be hard to determine which active ingredient will benefit you the most, so let’s take a look at the differences among the different compounds.

What’s the Difference?

Retinoids are a broad class of anti-aging compounds which include vitamin A and its derivatives. Retinol and Retin-A (AKA tretinoin) are examples of those derivatives. Retinoids regulate cell growth and increase blood flow. Retinoids occur naturally in our bodies and are essential for tissue repair and immune function.

Retinol

Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A available as an over-the-counter product. Because of its low concentration, retinol is better suited for those with sensitive skin. When retinol is applied topically, enzymes within the skin convert retinol to retinaldehyde, which is then converted to retinoic acid. Because retinol takes two steps of conversion in order for it to become effective, it will take some time before you see results. On the plus side, retinol is considered to be gentle on the skin and has few side effects.

Retin-A

Retin-A is a stronger derivative of vitamin A. Its generic name is tretinoin, which is also another term for retinoic acid. Because Retin-A is a form of retinoic acid, enzymes in your skin don’t need to break it down in order for it to be effective. This makes Retin-A a fast-acting, potent product for your skin, which is why it’s typically prescribed for patients with severe acne. Retin-A is about 100-times stronger than the average retinol cream, so it often causes major side effects, including itching, burning, and extreme redness.

Our Advanced Retinol Facial Serum and Retinol Facial Night Cream contains a 2.5% concentration of retinol that is gentle and effective for most skin types.

THE INNER-WORKINGS OF VITAMIN A

Vitamins are essential for keeping your skin healthy and balanced, but each one delivers unique benefits. Vitamin A supports healthy skin, eyes, and your immune system!

There are two types of vitamin A: retinoids and carotenoids. Your liver’s job is to convert both forms into retinol. From there, your lymphatic system transports the retinol to different cells throughout your body to help support cell turnover, tissue repair, and blood flow.

Retinol is high in antioxidants, compounds that fight free radicals and slows down the aging process. Because of its importance in cell and tissue growth, retinol deficiency can lead to weaker skin, dryness, and slow-healing wounds.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RETINOL?

There’s a reason why retinol is a #1 dermatologist-recommended product. Retinol targets acne and aging skin by fighting free radicals, accelerating cell turnover, and boosting collagen production. While retinol is typically recommended for people who’ve already hit the big 4-0, young adults can also benefit from adding retinol to their regular skin care regimen. It’s far easier to prevent aging than it is to reverse it.

WHAT SKIN TYPES BENEFIT MOST FROM RETINOL?

  • Oily skin
  • Acne-prone skin
  • Combination skin
  • Aged skin
  • Dull skin
While most skin types can benefit from retinol, those with ultra-sensitive skin should choose a retinol-based product with care. Our Advanced Retinol Facial Serum combines retinol with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid for a mild but active formula, so those with sensitive or dry skin can also benefit from the amazing effects of retinol.
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THE MYTHS ABOUT RETINOL

Retinol is considered royalty in the skin care world, with numerous studies to back its anti-aging claims. With all the buzz about retinol, the line between what’s true and what’s not begins to blur. Here are three facts and three myths you need to know about retinol before adding it to your skin care routine.

INGREDIENTS IN COSMEDICA'S RETINOL SERUM

Let’s take a closer look at some of the powerful, all-natural ingredients in our Advanced 2.5% Retinol Facial Serum:
  • Retinol
  • Botanical Hyaluronic Acid
  • Witch Hazel
  • Organic Aloe
  • Organic Jojoba
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
  • Organic Green Tea
  • Resina Propoli Extract (Propolis)
  • Centella Asiatica Extract

HOW TO APPLY RETINOL SERUM TO YOUR SKIN

Retinol is known to cause dryness and redness in your skin, so for sensitive skin, we recommend using the product every three days, at first. Once your skin becomes accustomed to the retinol, slowly work your way to using it once a day.

After cleansing and applying a moisturizing toner, dispense one pump, or a pea-size amount, of the serum onto your face and décolleté. Make sure to gently pat the serum into your skin, as rubbing your skin can lead to loose or tugged skin. Follow with our Retinol Facial Night Cream to protect and nourish your skin overnight.

If applying in the daytime, then follow with sunscreen to protect your skin from photosensitivity. We recommend using SPF 30 or greater.

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HOW TO APPLY RETINOL FACIAL NIGHT CREAM TO YOUR SKIN

After applying a serum, apply a dime-sized amount of cream onto your face. Using the dot-method, you can “dot” the product onto your forehead, nose, chin, and on your cheekbones. Gently pat the product into your skin to promote absorption.

For the most benefit, we recommend using this product at night, before you go to sleep. Our skin repairs itself at night, reversing any damage caused by sun exposure, pollution, and stress. Our Retinol Facial Night Cream is designed to boost your body’s natural healing process by repairing and moisturizing your skin as you sleep, so you can wake up to beautiful, youthful skin!

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