You probably heard Retinol many times or even seen it in your cosmetic products… Let’s explain a bit about what is Retinol.
Retinol is a cell regenerator that belongs to the retinoid family, specifically, it is Vitamin A in the form of a cosmetic active for home use that has the ability to stimulate the natural production of collagen and Hyaluronic Acid in our skin, providing multiple benefits: reduces wrinkles, lightens spots, renews the skin, improves luminosity, reduces the size of pores … We can say that Retinol has the ability to even out the tone and texture of the skin, that is, it improves its overall appearance.
Retinol is a star product in the world of cosmetics for more than 40 years, even though we only started hearing about it in the last years. Retinol is one of the most sought-after and most used active ingredients in cosmetics and one of the most effective anti-ageing agents to date. It is considered to be a powerful anti-ageing product.
Is it safe to use Retinol?
Retinol is one of the best-tolerated retinoids, it is not photosensitizing, although in some cases it can irritate sensitive skin and skins where it is not used with caution. Make sure to clean the skin well when getting up to remove any product residues that may have remained on your face. Always remember that if sunscreen is not used in the morning, erythema and hyperpigmentation may appear, so it is important always to use sunscreen.
Its most effective form is pure Retinol. Once it penetrates the skin, it undergoes two steps to transform into Retinoic Acid (that is why it is less irritating to the skin than applying it directly). In Europe, its maximum permitted concentration in cosmetics is 0.3% and you have to pay attention because in many cases, the products claim high concentrations. Still, it is not pure Retinol, but derivatives such as Retinyl Palmitate are softer and would only have action exfoliating.