Retinol A Serum

retinol-a-serumQ: What is retinol A serum and is it any good?

A: Thanks for asking and reminding me to discuss this. Well, ever since retinol products first the market, they’ve been making them in either a cream or gel form. Why? Probably because up until recently, those were the two most popular delivery vehicles for anti wrinkle products. However over the past several years, serum is now becoming the form of choice for many. But how does retinol A serum compare to the regular versions? Let’s find out…

The pros of retinol A serums:
One of the benefits of using a skin serum is its excellent ability to penetrate the skin’s surface and be absorbed, compared to creams, which some people feel just sit on the surface of the skin. But is that feeling of increased absorption real or is it just in our heads?

Well the truth of the matter is that all forms of skin care products (creams, gels, and serums) can deliver the nutrients and active ingredients adequately if they’re made the right way. Perhaps the feeling of higher absorption is because there is little residue left behind (as thick creams tend to do).

The cons of retinol A serums:
I guess to each their own, but personally I’m not the biggest fan of serums. Actually let me rephrase that… I’m not the biggest fan of using only a serum. Why? Because I actually like the thick residue that sits atop the skin – I know it is moisturizing and nourishing my skin as long as it’s there. With serums, I feel the liquid is absorbed rather quickly, leaving my skin exposed to the elements.

However I think there is one way to do it that incorporates the best of both worlds – both creams and serums. I’ll let you in on my little secret. After showering and towel drying off, I first apply the serum to my  face and neck, carefully rubbing it in to all areas. Then about 20 or 30 minutes later, I apply my cream. That way I get the instant absorption through the retinol A serum, and the long lasting moisturizing power of the retinol face cream.