Retinol is a huge buzz word in the skincare industry at the moment however what is it? What does it do? Why should you use it? When do you use it? Why did it previously get bad press?
Retinol is a form of vitamin A. There are many forms of vitamin A which all go through a conversion when applied onto the skin. Retinol is not a new ingredient it has been used for many years in the skincare industry however due to research and clinical trials it has recently been brought into the lime light due to the remarkable results it creates within the skin.
Retinol has many benefits from stimulating collagen, normalising cell turnover, balancing oil, generating skin health, correcting and repairing cell DNA damage,normalising pigmentation and locking in moisture the list is endless. Having so many functions and benefits vitamin A is suitable for most if not all skin challenges. So whether its ageing, acne, scarring, pigmentation, uneven texture Retinol is essential.
Retinol is clinically proven to correct and repair the cell DNA damage therefore regardless of the skin concern retinol will create and maintain skin health... which everyone needs!
Retinol is a very active ingredient therefore is best used as part of your evening routine. As most of us are deficient in vitamin A you would start off using1-3 times per week depending on the dosage recommended then gradually increasing as you acclimatise.
Previously Vitamin A was used in very high concentrated dosage therefore it carried what we would call "down time". Alumier follow a more progressive than aggressive approach. This is why we start off on a lower % and build up to more frequent use and a higher %. Jumping in at the deep end with vitamin A doesn't necessarily achieve faster or better outcome often building up the tolerance over time achieves optimum results
Things to consider when picking up a Retinol based product: Quality & Season! For Retinol to be effective you need to ensure it is a good quality. This may mean checking the % of active ingredient and what form of Vitamin A is actually been used. Is the % a blend of vitamin A's including Retinol or is it just retinol. In the summer be aware that Retinol is extremely active therefore an SPF is a must have. We advise when going on a summer holiday or exposing your skin to excess UV leave your retinol at home. In the winter the skin can be a more sensitive and compromised so introduce into your skincare routine slowly.