Retinol Can Dramatically Improve The Look of Your Face. Here’s How…

It’s the holy grail of anti-aging ingredients.

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Everyone wants glowing, wrinkle-free, and clean skin right?

Of course!

That is all the hype and interest these days. With millions of skincare products out there and with news ones coming out every year, it’s no wonder that the global cosmetics market is projected to value around 758.4 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

People are now more focused on their skincare than ever before. Young consumers are now more informed and more health-conscious about their skin which is why there is a growing young consumer base for these products. People are now looking to prevent skincare problems down the line by using these products rather than buying a product only when they have a certain problem.

Skincare routines such as 5-step or even 10-step routines have exploded in popularity as people try different combinations of products such as serums, moisturizers, face masks, cleansers, etc.

All in all, people want to improve their skin and one thing that is on the top of everybody’s list is looking young, wrinkle-free, and blemish-free.

People want to prevent wrinkles and premature aging from forming in the first place and the one ingredient that is at the top of everyone’s recommendation and is often referred to as the holy grail of anti-aging ingredients is retinol.

Retinol is a type of retinoid which is essentially a derivative of vitamin A. Vitamin A is known to speed up healing, boost cell turnover, reverse signs of aging, etc. Retinol is able to do all of this as well when applied topically to the skin.

It is no wonder why retinol is the go-to and gold standard skincare ingredient.

The main benefits of retinol on the skin are:

  • It helps boost collagen production which reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It helps reduce acne and breakouts.
  • It brightens dull skin and evens skin tone.

It helps boost collagen production which reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinol is extremely popular and is considered the gold standard of all anti-aging ingredients. This is because it is able to boost collagen production while also stimulating the production of new blood vessels.

Collagen is extremely important for the skin because

  1. It is the most abundant protein in the human body comprising 75–80% of our skin.
  2. It gives skin strength, flexibility, and elasticity and plays a role in tissue development.

At around age 25, collagen production starts to decline which slowly deprives the skin of its strength and flexibility. Because of this, fine lines and wrinkles start to develop which also causes sagging skin.

Retinols change how cells function specifically affecting the speed at which a cell turns over. Retinol encourages cells to divide more rapidly thereby fortifying the epidermis which is the top layer of the skin. Retinol also increases the production of natural chemicals found in the skin such as hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is involved in keeping the skin hydrated and moisturized which helps reduce the development of wrinkles and collagen degradation.

Retinol also stimulates and boosts collagen production which helps reduce current wrinkles while also protecting against future development of wrinkles and premature aging.

Because retinol also stimulates the production of blood vessels, this also increases cell proliferation which can help heal damaged skin and encourage the growth of new, healthy skin cells.

All of this has the combined effect of reduced fine lines and wrinkles which can help prevent premature aging and contribute to a younger, healthier look.

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It helps reduce acne and breakouts.

Retinol is famous for its ability to reduce acne and reduce the appearance of inflammation/scarring.

When applied to the skin, retinol gently unclogs pores which is the root cause of acne. Additionally, retinol helps accelerate the process of cell turnover. It does this by seeping into skin cells and binding to nuclear receptors, which regulate processes such as cellular proliferation, inflammation, and cell death. Retinol then tells these receptors to start their turnover process.

This turnover process ultimately removes dead skin cells which have the potential to pile up and clog pores.

Retinol also has significant anti-inflammatory effects which is particularly helpful in reducing acne and breakouts. Inflammation in the skin can cause pimples and acne because it leads to clogged pores. By reducing inflammation, retinol gradually fades away acne scars while preventing future breakouts.

Over time, continued use of retinol results in a reduction of acne scars, blemishes, breakouts, inflammation, etc.

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It brightens dull skin and evens skin tone.

Since retinol is able to stimulate new skin cell growth, it accomplishes two things:

  1. Your skin becomes more smoother and gets an even skin tone.
  2. Dark spots become less visible because excess melanin gets eliminated due to shedding of skin cells.

When dead skin cells build up or the growth of new cells becomes impaired, this causes dull-looking skin which can affect a person’s complexion and skin tone.

Because retinol boosts cell turnover, new cells are able to grow and proliferate thereby displacing dead cells. Your skin becomes more smooth and even. Hyperpigmentation commonly known as dark spots often result due to excessive sun exposure, radiation, air pollution, etc. Dark spots result when excess melanin is produced in one area of the skin which shows up as dark blotches of pigmented skin.

Retinol helps reduce the appearance of dark spots by eliminating excess melanin in those dark spots while at the same time boosting collagen production and cell turnover which helps rebuild skin in that area.

Continued use of retinol results in smooth skin with an even complexion.

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Final Note

It is no wonder why retinol is considered the gold-standard of anti-aging ingredients. Along with being perfect for anti-aging, it’s ability to reduce acne and brighten dull skin make it the go-to for improving skin.

To apply retinol to your skin, it’s best to buy a retinol serum. Make sure you apply the serum at night and not during the day because retinol makes your skin sensitive to sunlight.

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