Retinol – a proven anti-aging skincare ingredient

In recent years, skin care companies have released many products advertising the benefits of retinol.
Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is a naturally occurring fat-soluble vitamin found in animal products such as fish oils and liver.
It is also manufactured in the form of retinoids, tritonin, and retinyl palimitate.
Retinol was first used to treat acne but is now frequently used to treat signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarge pores, blemishes, acne scarring or age spots .
Retinol is an anti-oxidant that has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer by neutralizing free radicals. It increases cell production in the top layer of skin, so new skin cells begin to grow underneath and push their way towards the surface of the skin. Resulting in the Cells looking smoother and the skin looking younger. It also has a positive effect on collagen production, because skin uses retinoic acid when it produces collagen. As a result, skin looks plumper. Also, it helps to reduce pigmentation that comes with sun damage.
The greatest cause of damage is the sun, which can greatly accelerate the effects of aging. Chemicals, such as second-hand smoke and pollution, also work to harm sensitive skin tissues. Retinol stimulates cell growth and production and helps misshapen skin cells to grow back to their proper form to help repair this damage. Retinol is an excellent product to use because it works simply by repairing and improving the overall health of your skin.

Anti-ageing creams contain varying amounts of retinol, so check the label before buying. All the High Street beauty products that state they contain retinol may only contain a very small amount and will not say how much. With Cosmeceutical products you will find high levels of retinol and a good delivery system, so the retinol stays effective in the bottle and penetrates deep into your skin when you use it.

Side effects

Because the turnover of skin cells is higher, the cells at the surface are younger and more vulnerable to sun damage, so you should always wear a daily sunscreen even if it’s not sunny. There is no point getting the anti-ageing benefits of a retinol cream, only to have them undone by sun damage. Retinol affects cell growth, it is known to cause birth defects and therefore should not be taken during pregnancy.


Retinol needs to be applied at night. It can cause irritation, so start by building up retinol use slowly to help skin to adapt. Use a retinol cream every third night for a week, then alternate nights for a week before going for nightly use. If burning, stinging and skin peeling persist for more than a day or two discontinue use. It can take about 12 weeks to notice the full effects of retinol, so do not be discouraged if you do not notice any changes at first. Use Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel if you experience any redness or irriatation, it soothes, moisturizses, gets rid of the red flaky skin without the heaviness of other moisturisers.

Retinol creams that have high levels & are stabilized, are delivered to the deeper layers of the skin

Our range of Professional skincare products, which contain Retinol 
Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3%
& 0.5% Night cream
They make two retinol products – 0.3% is the recommended starter cream and is used overnight and you should try this if your skin is sensitive or you’ve never used a retinol product before. Move up to the Skinceuticals 0.5% retinol cream once your skin is acclimatized which is the highest level of retinol in any over the counter cream.

Jan Marini Retinol plusHighly concentrated of all-trans-retinol is combined with advanced peptides and antioxidants for maximum results. Improves the radiance, texture and tone of the skin, diminishes fine lines, aging, and sun-damage. 

Medik8 Retinol 3TR - Contains highly stable, pure, encapsulated all-trans retinol at 0.3% concentration. 

combat common skin-ageing concerns such as facial wrinkles, lines, folds and a loss of firmness by stimulating collagen and hyaluronic acid production. Retinol has also been proven to improve skin clarity and texture, promote anti-pigmentation plus demonstrate anti-acne and pore-minimizing effects, all leading to a more youthful skin appearance.

Agera Ultimate Retinol Rejuvenator – 35 & 60 - A combination of Agera® Rx Bioemulsion Delivery Technology, Retinol and Growth Factor Peptides Specially formulated Retinol with low irritation potential delivered in time-released minute particles (bioemulsion) deep into the skin. Also Growth Factor Peptides, the first in a new generation of laboratory proven peptides to simulate skin cell production and collagen and elastin levels. Recommended to use Ultimate Retinol Rejuvenator – 35 if your skin is sensitive or you’ve never used a retinol product before. Move up to the Ultimate Retinol Rejuvenator - 60 once your skin is acclimatized.

If you prefer an alternative to a retinol cream but want similar anti aging effects then using glycolic acid would be a great choice. It has similar benefits and is less irritating to sensitive skin than retinol, so you could start using this product alone and gradually add retinol to your skin care routine.Glycolic acid has been found to increase the effectiveness of retinol by enhancing the penetration. Also using a Vitamin C will reduce environmental skin damage and enhance collagen production. By using Retinol, Glycolic Acid & Vitamin C together they are all do something different to contribute to rejuvenating the skin.