One of the ingredients most everyone should incorporate in their skincare routine is Retinoids. “Retinoid” is an umbrella term for a category of molecules that share the basic chemical structure of Vitamin A. Under this umbrella are:
Retinal (retinaldehyde)– Applied topically is converted to retinoic acid, but at meaningful concentrations can still be irritating to the skin.
Retinol– Applied topically is converted to retinal which is then converted to retinoic acid by enzymes in the skin and is less irritating upon application than both retinal and retinoic acid.
Tretinoin– Medical grade sold in doctor’s offices. The generic form of Retin-A.
Retin- A– Available only with a prescription from your doctor, these retinoids are the strongest on the market.
What are the benefits of using Retinoids?
Retinoids prevent and reduce wrinkles, assist in skin cell turnover, improves skin texture and pores, acne, helps to fade hyperpigmentation spots, and stimulates collagen production. This sounds like a winner to me! I would love to address all of these issues!
How should I use Retinoids?
Always apply your retinoids in the evening. Only a pea sized amount is needed for the full face, more is not better. If your skin becomes red and flaky, the product may be too aggressive for everyday use. If this is the case, you can cut back to only a few times a week or you can mix it with your nighttime moisturizer. Retinoids make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so always make sure to wear sunscreen. Always check with your doctor or aesthetician before having a cosmetic procedure or any kind of waxing because most likely they will have you discontinue the product for a few days prior to your treatment. Overall retinoids are a great product to add to your regimen just make sure you are using it correctly!