Retinol A – The Fountain of Youth?
Retinol cream and Retin A for wrinkles is definitely not some anti-aging fad. In fact, there is even a prescription formulation (Renova) that is the only wrinkle cream in the world FDA approved for anti-aging. Alternately, there are also many over-the-counter retinol formulations.
Retinol products work by increasing the turnover rate of your skin cells. When you were younger, this was about every two weeks. But once you hit your 30’s and 40’s, this process drastically slows to around once per month. Retin A products help change that.
This powerful antioxidant can help diminish dark spots, fine lines, and minimize pore sizes – all tell tale signs of your real age. It also reportedly helps to promote collagen production, which of course is the essential building block of your skin.
What is retinol A? It’s vitamin A in the animal form. There are a number of formulations on the market today. When it comes to treating wrinkles, many use an acid form of it which is known as retinoic acid. However not every product is created equal. There are different concentrations used. The serum, cream, or gel that is used to deliver it also makes a big difference in how well it is absorbed.
Let’s take a look at a few of the treatments out there you may have heard of that use retinoic acid as an active ingredient:
SkinMedica Retinol Complex: SkinMedica is a popular manufacturer of cosmeceuticals, including face cream and moisturizers. This particular product helps to firm the skin and offers exfoliating qualities. Their recommended application is applying to clean skin in the morning and at bedtime. It is mid-priced and typically comes in one ounce bottles.
La Roche-Posay Biomedic Retinol: La Roche is a major cosmetics company that has been around for ages. This unique series comes in three different strengths – 0.15%, 0.30%, and 0.60% retinol A. This is done because your skin needs to get use to this ingredient, which usually takes a few weeks. So the different strengths allow you to start off with a lower concentration and work your way up to the higher dosage. It comes in one ounce tubes and it’s recommend you apply this at night.
SkinCeuticals Retinol: Available in two different strengths, this refining night cream also contains shea butter to condition the skin. Many like this production because they say it does not irritate them, which is often the case with this ingredient.
Renova: This is a tretinoin cream that is manufactured by OrthoNeutrogena. It’s formulation includes ingredients which they claim helps prevent excessive drying and irritation. Because this is such a strong concentration, dermatologists insist that users minimize their facial sun exposure and also cover up using a UVA and UVB blocking sunscreen. There other cheaper creams on the market which claim to produce the same results of retinol using alpha-hydroxy acids instead, but be weary of these. We advise against Renova and instead recommend one of the many non-prescription formulations which are less irritating.
Retin A Micro: An RX version developed by the same people as Renova, this was originally created years ago to treat acne, but during testing, they miracle anti-aging effectiveness was quickly discovered. This is an extremely strong formulation that is likely to cause irritation the first few weeks of use. This is why we recommend OTC strengths instead.
Retinol helps improve dark spots, fine lines, deep wrinkles, and more. It’s been claimed that this is as close as you can come to stopping the skin’s aging process in its tracks, so many people are beginning their Retin A regime at an earlier age as a defensive move. But the great thing is that no matter what age you are, many dermatologists recommend the use of retinol products to fight your signs of aging.