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Retinol is the form of Vitamin A in the molecule known as Retinol. The name Retinol stands for ‘Retinoic Acid’, and it is one of the most important nutrients for your skin in protecting it from the effects of the sun and also developing and maintaining a healthy appearance. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that can be used in very small doses (1% or less) and hence must be in a carrier oil for example it must be combined with Vitamin E. For those who are sensitive to Vitamin A or retinols such as those who suffer from ‘Pigmentation Disorder’ or ‘Pimples’ it is always best to try a patch test before applying a cream to the face.
Vitamin A supports collagen production and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin which may slow the signs of ageing. Vitamin A helps to repair the cellular structure of the epidermis which can improve skin texture and improve hydration. This can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin A also reduces sebum production which can assist in the prevention of acne. Vitamin A facilities the flow of nutrients and oxygen to skin cells which can support the eradication of lesions, optimise UV protection and reduce brown spots and pigmentation.
Once you understand the importance of Vitamin A in your skin, it makes sense to want to take a form of retinol or Vitamin A regularly. Retinol’s “magical” power lies in the fact that it works by encouraging your skin cells to mature and regenerate. As you age, your skin loses this ability – so taking your retinol regularly helps to rejuvenate your skin by helping to speed up this process. Retinol not only addresses skin aging, but it is also an effective tool against wrinkles and deep-set pigmentation. Retinol’s impressive effects can be attributed to its ability to stimulate melanocytes – these are the cells that give your skin its colour and that help to protect it from the sun.
The benefits of Retinol are more than skin deep. The sun, pollution, and stress are leading to dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, oily skin, and pigmentation on the skin’s surface. The above factors are all to be blamed on the nutritional deficiencies of the body. When the skin does not get enough nutrition it gets exposed to oxidative stress and reacts. The Pro-oxidants create blemishes and wrinkles due to the lack of antioxidants. They also rob the skin of its natural glow. Retinol restores a healthy and balanced PH in the skin and thus protects against the effects of environmental damage. Retinol helps in collagen production thereby rejuvenating the skin’s appearance.