Vitamin A derivites have long been the gold standard of anti aging. I have recently done a lot of research on the difference between retinol, retinaldehyde, adaplene, tretinoin, and the list goes on. After my research I immediately starting incorporating it into my skincare routine!
What are retinoids? Retinoids are made from Vitamin A derivatives, and they work by neutralizing free radicals in the skin. Retinoids are amazing for helping reduce fine lines, sun damage, skin texture, skin tone, helping with acne, and hydration. It is best to start slow when using a retinoid, and work up to using three times a week. If you have sensitive skin we will want to start even slower!
Retinoids are also very fickle. They are sun and heat sensitive, so the way they are packaged, the temperatures they are stored at, and the type of preservatives used are very important. I would look for opaque packaging and an airless pump. I'd also recommend buying from someone who knows how they've been stored. If you're buying from amazon I'd immediately switch to a trusted retailer. Amazon is a market place, you never know how long things sit on the shelves, or even where they come from!
If this is your first time hearing about retinoids and you're intrigued, shoot me a message! I sell two top of the line retinol serums. They are the least irritating form of retinoids! If you're ready to step your skincare up to the next level, I'm here to help! Ask about it at your next appointment or inbox me. Retinoids should not be used while pregnant or breast feeding.