• Jade Steckly

10 Facts About Retinol You May Not Know

1. Everyone can benefit from a dose of retinol, even those with sensitive skin. It’s a vitamin A derivative. It is known to improve skin’s texture, and radiance.

2. Retinol can cause irritation as it’s essentially re-training your skin cells to turn over at a faster rate. There’s a bit of a learning curve for your skin. Redness, peeling, and tingling are normal at first. Try easing into it by using it once or twice a week at first, and only at night. UV rays from daytime use can make the irritation worse.

3. Retinol can improve signs of chronological caging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Preserves and supports the skin’s supportive blood vessel network

4. It is just as good at preventing wrinkles as it is at correcting them.

5. Over the counter strength retinol is used commonly for anti aging, while prescription strength retinoids are used for treating acne.

6. Good retinol products are mixed with a soothing ingredient, such as hyaluronic acid or peptides or ceramides. SeneGence retinol contains medowfoam sea oil, aloe vera, kelp extract, peptides, and sodium hyaluronate, just to name a few.

7. Retinol increases collagen production, which helps plump your skin, reducing fine lines and resulting in bouncier skin.

8. Some people say that retinol can lead to skin cancer. This is not true, and is a rumor most likely started because of the fact that it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. However, studies have shown that it can actually correct pre-cancers, and decrease the risk of developing new cancers.

9. Retinol is most effective when included in a skincare regimen that includes sun protection and anti-oxidants.

10. Don’t mix retinol with vitamin c, AHA’s, BHA’s or Benzoyl Peroxide. Vitamin C is another powerful anti-aging ingredient, and when it is mixed with retinol it can increase irritation. I personally use them on alternating nights!