I thought I would start the year with a topic about turning back the years. Those of you who know me will be aware of my love of the science behind my products and the benefits they provide to your skin so for my first blog for the year I am sharing with you my knowledge of retinol.
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and is a key ingredient in anti-aging products and the most mild version of the vitamin. Once absorbed by the skin is it converted into retinoic acid which is known to affect skin cells and what they are programmed to do. As an antioxidant it can interfere with the ageing process by slowing down the breakdown of collagen and increasing cell turnover.
It is used to plump fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone and improve skin strength by encouraging the increase of the production of collagen (the fibres that help keep our skin taut). Acne can be improved due to retinol stopping the build up of sebum in the pores helping prevent excess oil and bacteria from proliferating. Retinol can prevent the build up of cells on the wall of pores helping improve their functionality so they work more effectively and in time their appearance diminish enlarged pores.
Products that include retinol should be used intermittently up to 3 times a week at the outset and as the skin's tolerance increases use it daily. Once the skin can tolerate daily doses it is important for your therapist to regularly analyse your skin and review your skincare diet. They may introduce night cremes that rehydrate and nourish your skin. You may need to stop using the product for a time to help your skin to rebalance. Often new clients present with symptoms including reddened, patchy and dry skin which may be a sign of over use of retinol or other intense ingredients.
Usually a skincare programme would include an initial workout for your skin with up to six facial lifts on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Image Skincare encourages that you begin with a series of Signature Lifts to prepare the skin for deeper treatments; for instance their Wrinkle Lift to soften and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment's ingredients are a mix of retinol and glycolic acid to deeply exfoliate, soften and plump your skin. Your therapist will monitor the affect of these treatments and include products like Image Skincare's Ageless Repair creme or Ageless Total Vitamin A Creme, both contain retinol, to support the positive effects of the treatments.
I would normally recommend a second night creme that includes nourishing ingredients to use on alternate nights to manage the skin's hydration. From time to time a balancing treatment is brought into the programme to restore your skin's moisture levels and soothe it.
Overall the benefits of Retinol out way the negative by implementing a well thought out skincare programme and diet.