An anti-aging powerhouse.
Simply a "Must Have" as part of any effective skin rejuvenation routine!
In particular, retinol, a form of Vitamin A is clinically proven to have significantly effective results in the treatment of a range of aging skin care issues. The most potent form of Vitamin A is Tretinoin, (Retinoic acid- Retin A / Renova), an extremely powerful rejuvenation treatment, albeit, available by prescription only.
Be aware the retinol skin care products can be very irritating to aging skin.
If you have never used a retinol treatment before, start with a lower concentration of .25% to .5%, gradually building up to the most potent OTC strength of 1% to allow your skin to build-up a tolerance.
Retinol, the most common form of vitamin A in anti-aging products has been clinically studied extensively and found to have profound rejuvenating properties.
There are four distinct categories of Vitamin A skin care treatments ranging from the gentlest form to the very powerful retinoic acid form. They are:
The closer the form of retinoid is to retinoic acid, the more potent and effective yet potentially increases the likelihood of skin sensitivity and irritation.
As a super-power exfoliant, Retinol is also often prescribed as an effective treatment for acne.
SkinCeauticals Retinol is formulated at a 1.0% concentration and considered to be the strongest available retinol treatment that can be purchased OTC.
When retinol is used in combination with hydroquinone, age spots will eventually start to flake right off! But it is an extraordinarily STRONG treatment when used together so only do so for a very short period of time.
Be very careful!
When using retinol skin care treatments follow the directions very, very closely or you will, without a doubt, have severely irritated skin. The very sore, red, raw, peeling type of irritation!
Personally, as a sensitive and reactive skin type, I learned the hard way that my skin can only tolerate the 1% strength of retinol as a spot treatment for the worst of my age spots. I put a tiny dab on the tip of a Q-tip and apply it very carefully to larger age spots.
Preliminary research indicates that Retinyl Palmitate, another Vitamin A derivative, has demonstrated promising results that indicate similar rejuvenation effects to that of tretinoin without the skin irritating side effects.
Retinyl Palmitate is a great vitamin A skin treatment alternative for sensitive and reactive skin types. It is generally non-irritating and is considered a milder, viable alternative to the stronger retinol concentrations and tretinoin.