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My Top Five Skincare Ingredients: Vitamin A/Retinoids

On any given day I use a combination of my five favorite ingredients to treat clients and myself. Everyone will benefit from using these ingredients —except those who have true allergies— My first favorite is Vitamin A/Retinol.

Am I saying that a teenager should be using Retinol? No, but yes. If you are 17 or 18 years old and struggling with acne and/or very congested pores then yes. Get some guidance from a skincare professional to design the right treatment for your skin. The great thing is that you can find Vitamin A/Retinol in different formulations at varying levels of potency—real english? Mild forms to prescription strength. And no, you don’t necessarily need a prescription strength formula to reap the benefits of a Retinol. The more I use retinoids the more I see the value in starting with a lower concentration and stepping up to stronger formulations over time. That way you get the normalizing effects without causing irritation and redness or compromising the barrier function of your skin.

What are the benefits of Vitamin A/Retinol? Vitamin A works to virtually reboot your skin at the cellular level. It normalizes your skin.  When your skin is acting out or showing signs of aging, Retinol steps in to rebalance things to bring your skin back to it’s healthy best. I always notice how smooth my skin feels when I use it. Sometimes I will have a little break out–even at 47–that heals quickly. I think Retinol does a great job helping to heal after breakouts. It helps with collagen production which then helps form plump and healthy new skin. Sweet!!

You definitely need to use a daily sunscreen when you’re using retinoids.  Your skin will likely be more sensitive to heat and sunlight. Protect your investment of time and money here.  Find a formula with an airtight pump and an opaque bottle or tube. Preserve the formulation so your skin can reap the benefits. While some products are now being formulated for daytime use, I still prefer to use a retinoid as a night time treatment to ensure that my skin gets the goods. My go-to daytime ingredient is Vitamin C.  Tune in next time to find out why! Can’t wait? Check out this Blog post from June.

If you have any questions about the use of retinoids or are curious about any ingredients you’ve come across, post it in the comment section, and I will be happy to answer and help guide you to the right products and treatments for you.

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