Retinol Cream Helps Against Wrinkles
Retinol, a fat-soluble vitamin, is one of the many forms of vitamin A. This vitamin is present as a precursor in butterfat and cod liver oil. Digestion ultimately produces retinol. Vitamin A in the body can exist as retinol, retinal or retinoic acid.
Retinol used in dietary supplements and skin care products is often chemically synthesized as retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetate.
Vitamin A has important benefits for vision. It is required for the production of rhodhopsin, the visual pigment that is used in low light conditions.
But vitamin A has also strong effects on skin cells: it promotes the shedding of old (dead) skin cells, while speeding up the generation of new skin. It also reduces dark spots, unclogs pores (acne), improves skin tone and is important for the moisture-balance of the skin. Studies suggest that retinol stimulates the production of (new) collagen.
Low levels of vitamin A in the skin often results in dry skin with the possibility of dermatitis (skin inflammation). In addition, a lack of vitamin A causes mucus secreting skin cells to make keratin. More keratin makes the skin tougher.
Vitamin A benefits for Skin
About 40 years ago, the first vitamin A (retinoid) compound was approved as a prescription treatment for acne (tretinoin/Retin-A). Over the years, dermatologists noticed that patients taking Retin-A also had smoother, less wrinkled skin. Because of this, vitamin A is present in many anti-wrinkle creams.
With prescription-strength retinoid creams, you can expect to see less wrinkles with improved skin tone and texture in about 3-4 weeks. Over-the-counter (OTC) retinol creams (0.5%-2% concentration of vitamin A) may take a bit longer to work (up to 12 weeks). This is because with a retinol cream, the retinol has to be converted into retinoic acid in the skin to work.
Many people are sensitive to vitamin A on their skin. Many skincare products contain high levels of retinol and are not suitable for use by people with sensitive skin. However, a lower concentration of retinol (OTC creams vs prescription creams) lowers the chance for side effects. Retinol side effects include skin dryness, irritation and peeling. People with acne may see an increase in acne.
A retinol cream won’t increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Vitamin A itself is light-sensitive, so that is why it is best to apply a retinol cream at night.
Retinol is a very popular ingredient in a variety of OTC skincare products, from moisturizing body lotions, acne treatments to anti-aging creams. For many anti-wrinkle creams, retinol is considered a powerful ingredient that helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while stimulating the production of collagen.
Reverta’s Anti-Aging cream is gentle for the most sensitive skin types. However, the cream also contains a low dose of retinol for the added benefit of moisture retention and wrinkle fighting abilities of vitamin A.