Retinol a.k.a the Secret to Anti-aging!

Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative. Retinol is considered to be a cosmetic ingredient and found mostly in skin care products. Prescription retinoid products such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova), aldapalene (Differin) and tazarotene (Tazorac) are more potent than retinol, but have a higher chance of irritation.

Retinol stimulates collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production, increases cellular turnover and normalizes keratinization. It also, reduces the appearance of redness, fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, it targets acne prone skin by unclogging pores. When choosing a retinol, choose an encapsulated product that slowly releases the retinol into the skin, thus, avoiding any shock and adverse reactions. This allow the skin to slowly adapt to the product as it gradually releases.

Tips on how to use retinoids:

  • Start low and go slow. If you are new to retinoids, start using every 2 to 3 days. You can get up to 2% unprescribed. Start low and increase your tolerance.
  • Use retinoids in the evening and wash your face in the morning. Vitamin A in all forms is destroyed by UV light and can make skin more sensitive to the sun.
  • Give your skin time to adapt to the products
  • Use a strong moisturizer as retinol can tend to dry the skin

Having a company like Alumiermd that uses USP medical grade products, makes it easy for Bare Beauty to recommend to our clients. All their products are paraben free, fragrance free, dye free, animal cruelty free, sulfate free and phthalate free!

To learn more about retinol visit Alumiermd and register an account. Please contact Bare Beauty for any questions regarding the usage of retinol.

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When to use:

  • Do not use if pregnant or trying to conceive or breast feeding

  • Use only at night

  • Before and after 1 week waxing

  • Not in conjunction with other exfoliating agents

  • Use a SPF 30 or higher

Side effects (temporary):

  • Dryness or tightness

  • Itchy or peeling

  • Redness, sensitivity and heat