Retinol, The Game-Changer for Your Skin
This Powerful Skin Treatment Must Be Part of Your Beauty Routine
Few skincare ingredients possess the extensive research-backed results of retinol, the ultimate multi-tasker in skincare. Whether you want to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots associated with aging or you are struggling with acne, retinol can help you.
Let’s look at the background of retinol and what this powerful skincare component can do for you.
What Is Retinol?
The most abundant vitamin in your skin, retinol is an oil-soluble molecule with numerous benefits, from improving the skin’s barrier function and stimulating skin cell turnover to increasing thickness in aging skin and stimulating collagen production.1
Retinol can be effective at delaying or restoring changes associated with sun damage and the aging process.
Simple Beauty Age-Defying Moisturizer is formulated with Retinyl Palmitate, an ester form of retinol that is converted by the body to form Vitamin A, which is then oxidized to produce retinoic acid, the active form of retinol.
The Essential Vitamin A
A member of the vitamin A family, retinoids support healthy vision, bone growth, and a healthy immune system. Since vitamin A is not produced by the body, you must rely on dietary sources like eggs, orange or yellow vegetables, and green leafy vegetables. The skin is the last organ to access the vitamin so there typically isn’t enough to go around. That’s where topical retinol treatments come in.
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks treated night blindness with vitamin A by supplementing the diet with liver, an abundant source of vitamin A. By 1912, an English biochemist had discovered vitamin A in milk. Thirty years later, the first study of retinol use to treat acne was published. By the 1950s, retinoic acid was being used to treat acne. It wasn’t until 1983 that a study was published to support retinoic acid to minimize the impact of aging.2
Retinol works by stimulating your skin’s growth cycle. Simply put, as we age, our skin cells stop maturing, which means older cells pile up. Retinol signals the cells to renew. These new cells also create more collagen, which gives elasticity and firmness to the skin. If you stick to a retinol routine, you’ll experience everything from fewer wrinkles and blackheads to less sun damage.
The Magic of Retinol and Your Skin
Retinol works by stimulating your skin’s growth cycle. Simply put, as cells die and slough off, they leave room for new skin below. These new cells also create more collagen, which gives elasticity and firmness to the skin. If you stick to a retinol routine, you’ll experience everything from fewer wrinkles and blackheads to less sun damage. Here are just some of the benefits you’ll experience from adding retinol to your skin care regimen.
- Minimizes wrinkles and fine lines. Retinol boosts collagen production, leading to reduced wrinkles and fine lines.3
- Evens skin texture. As we age or due to sun damage, the skin’s ability to generate new cells and slough off dead cells slows down. Retinol stimulates this cell turnover process, leaving the skin smooth and evenly textured.4
- Increases elasticity. Sagging skin is caused by a breakdown in collagen, fat, and elastin. Retinol acts by stimulating production of elastin to keep skin resilient.
- Reduces discoloration. With consistent use, retinol will fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, as well as redness from inflammation.
- Unclogs pores. Initially used to treat acne, retinol unclogs pores, which makes pores less noticeable, allows medicated treatment to work better, and reduces acne breakouts, as well as scarring by preventing dead cells from clogging pores.
- Helps manage psoriasis. Retinol works by reducing the rate at which skin cells grow and shed, as well as reducing inflammation associated with psoriasis.5
- Eliminates warts. Applying a retinol cream disrupts the growth of warts, especially on the back of the hands.
Step by Step Guide to Applying Retinol Moisturizer
To get the best effects from retinol moisturizer and to avoid further sun damage, follow these steps.
- Apply daily to clean, slightly dampened skin.
- Blend gently, using upward motions, until the cream is completely absorbed into the surface of the skin. This technique not only stimulates circulation but also brings nutrients to dehydrated skin.
- Use with Daily Purifying Cleaner, Fine Line Eye Serum, and Skin-Brightening Spot Corrector for the complete Simple Beauty Treatment.
- Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen before spending time outdoors. Sunscreen is your first line of defense against damage from UV rays.
The Bottom Line
With consistent use, retinol moisturizer is considered one of the most effective ways to protect skin from the effects of aging and sun damage. Simple Beauty Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer is formulated with 1% retinol, along with peptides and natural botanicals, such as aloe vera. Quickly absorbed into the skin’s surface, the formula hydrates the skin to fight fine lines and wrinkles.
1 SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on Vitamin A (Retinol, Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate), SCCS/1576/16, 20 April 2016, final version of 6 October 2016, CORRIGENDUM on 23 December 2016.
2 Ramos-E-Silva M, Hexsel DM, Rutowitsch MS, et al. Hydroxy acids and retinoids in cosmetics. Clin Dermatol. 2001;19:460–6.
3Kligman DE, Draelos ZD. High-strength tretinoin for rapid retinization of photoaged skin. Dermatol Surg. 2004;30:864–6.
4 Mukherjee, S., Date, A., Patravale, V., Korting, H. C., Roeder, A., & Weindl, G. (2006). Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 1(4), 327–348.
5 Afifi, T., de Gannes, G., Huang, C., & Zhou, Y. (2005). Topical therapies for psoriasis: Evidence-based review. Canadian Family Physician, 51(4), 519–525.