What is important to know before using retinol for cosmetic purposes?

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What is important to know before using retinol for cosmetic purposes?
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A woman has always been concerned about preserving her youth and beauty. Progress, medicine and its achievements have stepped in this direction and today women all over the world have a huge assortment of beauty tools in their hands.

Cosmetics are one of the most popular, safe and easy-to-implement ways to care for healthy facial skin. High competition in the niche, a wide range and the desire to take their share of the market from year to year motivate manufacturers to make high-quality and effective products, because women today are capricious and selective.

Benefits of retinol

But literally 5 years ago, the world of skincare cosmetics and cosmeceuticals was shocked by a no longer new, well-studied, effective asset, which had not previously found such popularity among the masses due to its narrowly targeted use. Retinol has become the No. 1 asset not only in cosmetic products for fighting acne and helping problem skin, but also as a powerful anti-aging ingredient.

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Thus, the list of beneficial functions of retinol has expanded to:

  • Smoothing skin microrelief, increasing skin density, accelerating skin regeneration processes due to gentle exfoliation of dead cells
  • Increasing skin firmness and elasticity by accelerating the production of hyaluronic acid
  • Thickening of the deep layers of the epidermis, which has a direct effect on skin hydration
  • Problem solutions for acne-prone skin
  • Retinol normalizes sebum production, relieves inflammation and helps narrow pores

Important to know before use!

Such an effective component is fraught with many surprises. One of the most important rules when using cosmetics with retinol is consultation with your doctor. This is not a marketing ploy, it is an elementary precaution, because retinol can both help and harm if used incorrectly, causing burning, peeling, dryness and redness.

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An ideally selected concentration of retinol by a dermatologist will allow you to obtain the best properties of this strong beauty component in the form of improved skin appearance, reduction of wrinkles, increased skin tone, getting rid of signs of acne, maintaining an optimal level of skin hydration, and lightening age spots.

But there is a case when retinol is truly dangerous. First of all, this is the state of pregnancy. Retinol has teratogenic properties, causing genetic mutations in the fetus. Before you start using cosmetics containing retinol, you need to exclude the fact that the woman is expecting a child.

Terms of use

Retinol can become the best guide to the world of beautiful and healthy skin if you follow simple rules:

  1. Care procedures and the use of cosmetics with retinol are carried out in the evening, adapting it for night care. Retinol does not work in sunlight, and also makes the skin sensitive to UV rays, so it is recommended to use creams with spf protection during the day while constantly caring for products with retinol.
  2. For the purpose of skin rejuvenation, cosmetics with retinol are recommended for use from the age of 25. In most cases, the first signs of aging appear no earlier than the specified age.
  3. If you are planning a vacation in hot countries with active sun exposure, it is recommended to stop using products containing retinol a week before.
  4. Cosmetics with retinol are contraindicated for use in home care in combination with products containing AHA and BHA acids due to enhanced regenerative processes that can cause increased peeling, redness, and in some cases, even burns.
There is a deep misconception that retinol is vitamin A. Being a powerful antioxidant, as is clear from all of the above, it is not without reason that it is so loved by cosmetologists and dermatologists. However, retinol is only one form of so-called retinoids. While retinoids are a whole group of substances derived from vitamin A. The evidence base for retinoid components is impressive and amazes the mind with the presence of such highly effective substances that can really play a role in the beauty and youth of the skin.
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