Retinol is considered the gold standard in anti-ageing treatment but also key in treating acne skin conditions. This powerhouse vitamin resurfaces the skin with the proven ability to transform the skin’s texture, leaving it firm and smooth. Known as the ‘normalising’ vitamin, it keeps skin healthy and clear. Most retinol products should only be used at night time. It is recommended to slowly build up the use of retinol products with initial usage two to three times per week, increasing to nightly use as the skin builds up a tolerance. It is essential to use an SPF during the day when incorporating retinol products in your skin care routine.
No retinol products are suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Retinal is another form of Vitamin A which works up to 11x faster than Retinol.
This makes it ideal for mature skin types that want to see a significant improvement in fines lines and wrinkles as quickly as possible.
Of course, not everyone needs such an extreme skin rejuvenation, so younger skin may fare better with retinol. Especially when it comes to preventing signs of ageing.
Retinal is the only retinoid that exhibits direct antibacterial properties. Making it perfect for those prone to blemishes. With continued use, it diminishes the bacteria responsible for breakouts to leave skin looking clear, radiant and youthful.
An alternative to Vitamin A Retinol that is clinically proven is Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a clinically proven alternative to retinol; while molecularly it has no structural resemblance to retinoids, a recent study by the British Journal of Dermatology has found that bakuchiol is comparable to retinol in anti-ageing effects, and is better tolerated than retinol. It is the perfect alternative for those who cannot use vitamin A.