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Retinol is one of the few potent anti-aging ingredients that is widely recognized by both the dermatological and scientific communities. This star ingredient not only activates collagen and epidermal growth factor receptors, but also promotes cellular turnover, thereby reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging, acne, dullness, scarring, hyperpigmentation and rough skin texture.
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and a pre-cursor of retinoic acid that circulates in the bloodstream and is delivered to skin; when applied to the skin, it is converted into retinoic acid, the acid form of vitamin A used by the skin, which restores the organization of cells through cellular turnover in the epidermis, subsequently treating various skin conditions, in particular aging, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, closed comedones, clogged pores, and even psoriasis, whilst acting as an anti-inflammatory.
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With an reputation of causing flakiness and redness, the powerful retinol can be quite intimidating. However, with technological advances in recent years, retinol can now come in an encapsulated form. Encapsulating retinol cuts down exposure to air and light, meaning it is delivered to skin in a "protected" capacity on a microscopic level so it remains stable and potent for longer. The encapsulated formula also slowly time releases the active ingredient into skin instead of all at once on the skin's surface like other retinol products, making it gentle yet still potent.
In addition, one should check if soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera leaf juice and squalane, are incorporated into the formula, as they will help reduce and soothe any potential irritations.
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Should you wish to start your retinol journey, we suggest starting at low percentages with limited use, building up over time. Also, remember cells take time to reorganise and renew themselves, so even if you don’t see an immediate improvement, trust that the product is doing something for your skin, and continue with the treatment. Over time, results will be visible and touchable.
If you are still not comfortable with using retinol, choosing products that are high in beta-carotene, or pro-vitamin A, will also help to promote cell regeneration, repair the skin, provide potent antioxidant protection, and protect the skin from wrinkles and premature aging, yet in a more mild capacity.
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