What is Retinol and when should I use it? 

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. Dermatologists have prescribed this skin treatment for years and it has been clinically proven to improve many of our skin concerns.   Retinol can also be found in medical grade skincare products such skinbetter AlphaRet® and Skin Ceuticals® Refining Night Cream. Retinol is key to improving aging skin, wrinkles, sun damage and reduction of pore size. 

As we age our collagen production and skin cell turnover slows. Regular use of a quality retinol encourages normal cell turn over, stimulates formation of new collagen in the upper dermis, reduces melanocytes activity and promotes healthy skin renewal. Retinol is a game changer in treating acne scars/discoloration as well by slothing off the dead skin cells and revealing refreshed new cells underneath. 

With all these benefits, many want to use this product day and night but that would be a mistake.  Direct sunlight inactivates the retinol and can cause skin sensitivity. Therefore it is recommended for night time use only.  If you have never used a retinol it is best to start slow using it just 1 to 2 times a week and eventually build to everyday usage.  Aging starts as early as our mid 20s therefore it is recommended to start to include a retinol as early as mid-20’s to early 30’s.  As with all skincare, regular use is key to see results, retinol may take 3 to 6 months to see improvement. 

Our aestheticians are specialists when it comes to skincare and provide complimentary skincare consultations.  If you have questions about the products you are using and if the combination is right for your skin call today to set up your appointment 248-524-3622.  Beautiful skin is our business. 

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Blog Contributors Aestheticians – Sonja, Rebecca, Laura C, Poly and Jehan