In the fight against anti ageing, there are few ingredients that actually work to make us look younger. Retinoids and Retinol are two of the skin care components that are proven to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even-out skin tone, stimulate collagen growth, and they even help with acne. Retinoids can only be found in prescription products which you would have to see a dermatologist to get, but Retinol is in all sorts of over-the-counter products.
The reason that Retinoids are prescribed only by doctors is that they are much more powerful, however you can find some strong and effective Retinol products, if you know what to look for. This article shows you how to choose a good Retinol product and lists a few that we have found at the end of it. One important point to remember when you use Retinol based products is to always make sure you wear sunscreen every day, since they make your skin more sun-sensitive.
Once you have found a product that contains Retinol, the first thing to do is to check the percentage of Retinol that is in it. Usually manufacturers do not list the amount of their ingredients on the bottles but if you look at a product’s list of ingredients and Retinol is listed at or close to the beginning of the list, the more there will be in there.
You have to check that the packaging is right. Retinol has to be kept away from air and sunlight to keep its potency. This means that it will start to lose effectiveness if it’s in a jar, or see-through container and you will be surprised how many come packaged like this! You want a product that comes in a non-transparent tube or pump bottle.
A good way to keep tabs on new Retinol products is to sign up to http://www.makeupalley.com/ here you will find Product Reviews and you can also look up any product you are interested in and read user reviews. You will certainly find that some products will have attracted bad reviews, but this could be because it did not suit the reviewer, it is best to keep an open mind. You will know of course that if a product is receiving favorable reviews it is worth trying out. You can also compare products with each other and it is best to go for the cheaper option first, to see if that suits your skin, before opting for the more expensive versions.
If you have not tried a Retinol based cream or lotion before, I would begin with a product that has at least .15% Retinol, and then you can always work your way up to higher concentrations, if your skin is not too sensitive. Make sure you always follow the product instructions for proper use.
Here are some products that list their Retinol percentage and have had good customer reviews.
Afirm 3x by TxSystems, with the patented APS Microsponge system containing .6% Retinol, is designed to minimize the appearance of aging due to sun damage, fine lines, brown spots and surface roughness. Regular use of Afirm dramatically transforms your skin, providing a radiant glow. Afirm should be used as part of a comprehensive skin care and sun avoidance program including the use of sunscreens. Use 3x only if advancing from the 2x or if you are currently using an equivalent strength retinol product. Afirm can be irritating! Follow instruction card. Use alone, very sparingly (Pea-sized amount) every other night or less often as tolerated and wait 30 minutes after washing before applying. The 3x version comes with .6% Retinol, and you can get the product in .3% or .15% versions.
At 1% Retinol, this is the highest concentration of Retinol that I’ve seen in a product. Perfect for problematic and photo-damaged skin, Retinol 1.0 contains 1% pure retinol, the highest concentration currently available, and should be used for advanced treatment of pre-conditioned skin. Designed for maximum efficacy and stability, SkinCeuticals Retinol is formulated with highest concentrations of pure retinol available and enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies. Our retinol products help stimulate cell regeneration and build collagen to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots from both photo- and intrinsic- aging. Additionally, they help minimize the appearance of pore size, while correcting blemishes and blotchiness often associated with problematic skin.
Replenix Retinol Plus helps achieve more radiant looking skin while delivering the skin enhancing benefits of Green Tea Polyphenols and caffeine in a moisturizing base. Retinol is pure and active vitamin A – it works to increase cell turnover and exfoliation by stimulating cell production underneath the skin. Skin appears softer and smoother, and will help even out skin tone. Green Tea Polyphenols have potent antioxidant properties as well as an anti-inflammatory and calming effect on the skin. Helps to prevent skin irritation. Caffeine enhances the antioxidant properties of the skin and acts as a topical vasocontrictor. Hyaluronic Acid base aids in skin hydration.
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