Wrinkles? Retinol. Acne? Retinol. Skin tone? Retinol. Traffic fines? Retinol. Boy problems? Retinol. This never gets old, and it is no secret that I absolutely adore retinol. In this article, I’ll explain why this is a modern-day miracle ingredient and advise on introducing it into your routine for the best results. 

Let’s take a closer look at what it is, exactly: Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is a popular ingredient in a range of skincare products for a good reason. Its benefits are far-reaching and multi-functional. One of the most well-known benefits of retinol is its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Let me explain how: Retinol works by increasing the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its firmness and elasticity. As we age, the production of collagen decreases, leading to wrinkles and fine lines. So it only makes sense that by increasing collagen production, the skin will keep looking youthful. 

Retinol also helps to improve the texture of the skin. It works by stimulating the production of new skin cells while encouraging the shedding of old, damaged skin cells. This can help to reduce the appearance of rough patches and uneven skin tone, leaving the skin looking smoother and more even.

Those who’ve struggled with acne will know that it is often a first port of call for dermatologists. It truly is an effective ingredient for treating acne while improving the overall health of the skin. Acne has numerous causes — It can be hormonal but is often caused by a buildup of oil and dead skin cells in the pores, leading to inflammation and bacterial infections. Retinol helps to unclog pores, which can reduce the number of acne breakouts. What makes it such as perfect solution for acne, is the fact that it can help to reduce the redness and inflammation associated with it as well –  Leaving the skin looking clearer and healthier.

As if I need to convince you more, retinol can also help to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolouration. In simple terms, it works by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that gives colour to the skin. By reducing the production of melanin, retinol can help to reduce pigmentation. 

When introducing retinol into your skincare routine, it is important to start slowly. Plus, it is highly recommended to use it at night time. Start by using a small amount once or twice a week, and gradually increase the frequency as your skin becomes accustomed to the ingredient. I always recommend Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0,5 age defence serum to start or the pH Formula Vita A Cream if you prefer a easy single step night time routine.  It is vitally important to use good quality and broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day, as retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays. It's also important to note that retinol can cause some initial side effects, including dryness, redness, and flaking. These are usually temporary and can be reduced by using a gentle cleanser and moisturiser. It can be entirely avoided by introducing retinol into your routine slowly.

As you can see, retinol is scientifically proven to be a powerful ingredient with a wide range of benefits, from reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to improving skin texture and tone. Skin Fit has a range of products that will make it easy to include this miracle ingredient into your skincare routine. 

Written by Gunther Oliver

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