Simply put, retinol is another name for vitamin A. It is an extremely effective cell-communicating ingredient that has the ability to connect to almost any skin cell receptor site and tell it to behave like a healthy, younger skin cell. That in itself has tremendous impact for improving skin, but it gets better…
Retinol also functions an antioxidant that can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and other signs of aging. Moreover, it has been shown to increase collagen production, help fade discolorations from sun damage, and there is emerging research pointing to its potential for building elastin.
For the skeptics out there, we know all of that may sound too good to be true, but that’s why it’s so exciting that there is an overwhelming amount of research to back up retinol’s anti-aging prowess!
Prescription creams containing retinoic acid, a potent derivative of vitamin A, began life about 40 years ago as a topical treatment for patients with severe acne. Then dermatologists noticed that acne wasn’t the only thing they banished: Sun-induced age spots and wrinkles also faded.
That’s because, as studies show, retinoic acid (also called tretinoin) plumps wrinkles and kick-starts the release of collagen, which adds youthful volume to your face. Then it safeguards skin from collagenase, an enzyme triggered by sunlight that breaks down collagen.
After retinol skin starts looking less lined and more even-toned. All ages and skin types can benefit, although most women in Canada who do use it are in their 40s and 50s.
In terms of enlarged pores, let us clarify that retinol cannot change the pore size you have due to genetics, but it can reduce the size of pores that have enlarged due to clogging or sun damage.
Here’s how: The follicular keratin cells that are part of the pore lining can become sluggish and build up, causing the pore wall to stretch. Due to its cell-communicating abilities, retinol can step in and “tell” these lazy-acting cells to get back to work, doing what they should be doing (and likely were doing, before sun damage caused them to malfunction). The result can be im-proved pore function, which, in time, will help enlarged pores return to their normal size!
penetrate through 14 layers of
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• retinol – even by 340%