Do You Want to Glow?

Then may be you should add products with Retinol to your skin care regimen.

What is Retinol you ask? Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A, the group of fat-soluble vitamins common in carrots, eggs and sweet potatoes.

According to Dr. Tina Alster of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, when retinol is applied topically, it converts to retinoic acid by specialized enzymes found in the skin. What does this mean for you? "Retinol is a gold-standard ingredient in skin care because it alters the behavior of aged cells so they act in a more youthful manner. It smooths and refines skin's texture, enhances skin radiance and treats aging," When retinol is incorporated into age-preventive skin care routines, it helps accelerate skin renewal, enhance collagen production and reduce the appearance of aging, uneven texture and age spots.

Applying vitamin A topically in the form of retinol can include the following benefits:

  1. Prevent wrinkles due to its minimizing effect, as well as smooth out existing fine lines and wrinkles.

  2. Brighten dull skin by exfoliating at a cellular level, which results in brighter and smoother new skin.

  3. Regulate oily skin and minimize breakouts.

  4. Fade dark age spots, sun spots and hyperpigmentation and even out complexion over time.

Are there any side effects when using Retinol?

Since retinol is such a powerful ingredient, it can cause the skin to redden or peel if it's incorporated into a skin care regimen too quickly or used too often. Flakiness, dryness and even some breakouts can occur when retinol is first added to a routine. Typically, it just takes a little time for the skin to adjust.

"Begin slowly by adding it into a nightly routine one to two times per week for the first week and increasing it gradually from there, depending on how the skin reacts," von dem Hagen told TODAY. "If there is visible redness or peeling, use it once per week for a month then increase to twice per week and monitor the skin for irritation before increasing use."

Von dem Hagen said those using a retinol cream or serum to allow it to absorb in the skin for 20 to 30 minutes before applying another product on top. It is also imperative to use sunscreen daily to protect skin while using retinol, as it can become more sensitive to sun.

Alster told TODAY she always advises her patients who are considering pregnancy, or are pregnant or nursing to consult their obstetrician before beginning or continuing their retinol treatment. Other retinoids, such as prescriptions like Isotretinoin that's taken orally to treat acne, have shown harmful side effects for pregnant women, including miscarriage.

When should I begin using Retinol?

It is recommended to begin using products with Retinol by age 30, three to four times a week. By the 40s, every other night is beneficial and in the 50s, 60s and beyond, incorporate a retinol product five to seven times per week.

NasCia Naturals will be introducing our Retinol Cream which can be used on face and body within the next month.


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