Retinol – All Your Questions Answered
Time to read: 5 minutes
Retinol is a powerful cosmeceutical ingredient that is constantly under the magnifying lens of the curious consumer in search of its remarkable benefits. Others again remain cautious when it comes to using this potent ingredient and feel that the potential risks from using retinol incorrectly outweigh the numerous benefits in their quest to maintain healthy, beautiful skin. There is also a real concern amongst consumers about the safety and quality of their retinol products.
As a brand that is committed to ethical skin care, we take pride in our formulations containing only the highest quality ingredients and being free from harmful chemicals, artificial fragrances and colourants.
To set the record straight with Retinol, we interviewed Vitaderm’s product development specialist, Belinda Wesson, a qualified Cosmetic Chemist and a full member of COSCHEM. Belinda answered our most pertinent questions about retinol and how to use this ingredient safely to maintain a youthful radiance.
Vitaderm's Skin Perfection Capsules is a high-performance skin care formulation containing 1% pure retinol. The fact that it is encapsulated in single-use vegan capsules ensures that you get a potent dosage of retinol into your skin with every application.
WHAT IS RETINOL?
Retinol is the primary, naturally occurring form of Vitamin A and is particularly renowned for its anti-ageing properties. Extensive tests have shown that retinol assists in accelerating cell renewal, thereby enhancing skin regeneration. As a result, the epidermis, and dermal layers of the skin appear plumper and wrinkles appear to be reduced in number, length and width. The complexion appears fresher and adequately supplied with moisture.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RETINOL AND RETIN-A?
Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A, whereas Retin-A is based on retinoic acid. Retin-A tends to be more of an irritant to the skin, and is only available on prescription.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM REGULAR USE OF RETINOL?
The effects of using retinol will be visible within the first week of use. The skin will become smoother and softer. After using the capsules for 3-6 weeks, a renewed vitality will be evident and fine lines and wrinkles will appear to be less pronounced.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY?
Due to the fact that Retinol can cause photo-sensitization, a broad spectrum UVA and UVB screen (for example, Vitaderm’s Reflective Sunscreen SPF15) must be worn every day and for a week after you have stopped using any retinol product. Wearing sunscreen daily is your best defence against premature ageing and skin damage.
ARE ALL RETINOL PRODUCTS THE SAME?
No, certainly not. Products containing Retinol differ greatly. When creams contain retinol, or other vitamins, the vitamins become exposed to oxygen and this weakens their effectiveness. Vitaderm’s Skin Perfection Capsules are protected against oxidation and are therefore more active than retinol creams. The accepted therapeutic level of retinol in products is 0.5 – 1.0%. The retinol concentration in Vitaderm’s Skin Perfection Capsules is 1.0%.
IS RETINOL THE SAME AS RETINYL PALMITATE?
Retinyl palmitate is a stabilized derivative of vitamin A and has become very popular in cosmetics. However, it is not as active, nor is it as effective as Retinol.
CAN VITADERM’S SKIN PERFECTION CAPSULES BE USED DURING PREGNANCY?
As with all skin care products containing Retinol, the Skin Perfection Capsules are contra-indicated for use during pregnancy and lactation, since safety has not been established.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CONTRA-INDICATIONS?
Retinol products are not appropriate if you are on very high doses of vitamin A therapy, e.g Roaccutane medication for acne. Roaccutane causes skin sensitivity and retinol products might not be well accepted by the skin.
CAN I USE RETINOL PRODUCTS IF I HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?
Retinol is a high-performance ingredient, especially when in capsule form. If you have sensitive skin, please exercise caution by applying a small amount of the capsule contents to a small area on the face, like the side of the neck. If no sensitivity is evident after 12 hours, apply the capsule contents OVER the usual night cream for the first three applications. Thereafter apply to cleansed and toned skin.
If you have a reactive, allergy-prone skin, a patch test is recommended. Apply half the contents of one capsule to the inside of the elbow or upper arm. Apply a plaster over the product and leave in place for 24 hours. If no irritation is evident, proceed as for sensitive skin by first applying over the night cream for the first three nights. Please consult your skin care professional if any irritation results.
CAN THE SKIN PERFECTION CAPSULES BE USED ON ACNE-PRONE SKINS?
Due to the fact that this formulation has a water-soluble base, it is well-received by acne-prone skins. Vitamin A is beneficial for acne due to the fact that it has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes the healing of blemishes.
We hope that we have answered all your questions about retinol and that you are now confident to try the Skin Perfection Capsules and experience the rejuvenating results of this luxurious silky serum. If in any doubt as to the use of this product, please consult your skin care professional or contact our resident therapist on our Customer Care line: 0869 990 757.
We hope you have many years of beautiful, healthy skin.