Anti Aging Skin Care With Retinol

By Marilynn Syrett Published 04/17/2009 | Beauty

As we grow old, our skin begins to age  and develops wrinkles and fine lines. There is a plethora of anti  aging skin care products available in the market that help to relieve  these signs of aging and help the skin regain its lost vitality.  These anti aging skin care products are packed with powerful  ingredients that specifically aim to correct the aging signs and  enhance the skin quality. One such amazing ingredient is  Retinol.
  What is Retinol?
  Retinol is an active form  of Vitamin A. It is a topical compound that is used to treat acne and  signs of skin aging like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. It also  heals sun damaged skin. The skin has vitamin A receptors, thus  absorbs retinol based products when they are applied on the skin.  Once absorbed, Retinol stimulates the production of collagen and  helps improve the skin structure.
  Retinol is also proven to be  effective in treating cystic acne and exfoliating the skin to unclog  skin pores.
  Types of Retinol Skin Care Products
  Vitamin  A based anti-aging skin care products can be classified in two  categories Prescription strength products and Over-the-counter  products.
  Prescription strength products contain ingredients  like Tretinoin, which is very effective in diminishing the appearance  of wrinkles and fine lines and thereby improving the skin  quality.
  Over-the-counter products contain relatively milder  ingredients like Retinol and can be effective enough to reduce  wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Apart from this, it also  enhances the skin tone and makes the skin more smooth and  supple.
  Working of Retinol Skin Care Products
  Our  skin has a supporting layer of collagen and elastin fibers within the  skin surface. As we grow old, these fibers get damaged by factors  like sun exposure, environmental pollutants, and prolonged use of  cosmetics to neme a few.. Asa result, the skin loses it elasticity  and develops wrinkles and fine lines.
  Retinol is a small  molecule that penetrates the skin surface and repairs the damaged  collagen and elastin fibers. When the collagen and elastin levels of  the skin are revitalized, the skin regains its vitality and  elasticity. As a result, the skin becomes smooth and supple. Wrinkles  and fine lines also get diminished and the skin looks younger.
  Side  Effects of Retinol Skin Care Products
  Retinol based anti aging  skin care products are generally very safe to use. However, there can  be slight itchiness and skin redness in some people. This is  perfectly normal and just shows that the product is working. These  side effects will subside in a couple of days as the skin gets used  to it.
  One thing that you should note is that Retinol  increases the skins sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore avoid  prolonged sun exposure. Also, make sure you wear sunscreen when you  venture out in the sun.
  Tips for Using Retinol Skin  Care Products
  The best time to apply retinol based skin care  products is in the evening or at night before going to bed. This  minimizes the risk of undue sun exposure as these products tend to  increase the sensitivity of the skin to sun. If at all you need to  use Retinol skin care products in the day time, make sure you wear a  sunscreen along with it.
  Never overuse or use more than the  prescribed quantity of Retinol based skin care products, especially  the prescription strength ones. Overuse may cause irritations and  lead to burning sensations on the skin.
  Avoid using Retinol  skin care products when you are using other skin care products that  contain alpha hydroxy acids and benzoyl peroxide. If you combine  Retinol with these, it may fail to be effective.
  Some  Product Suggestions:
  iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum It is  revolutionary skin care formulation that contains 15% Vitamin C, 1%  Vitamin E and 1% Retinol combined with powerful antioxidants and  olive leaf extracts. The serum heals the skin and improves its  integrity in addition to enhancing the skin texture and preventing  damage by the ultraviolet radiations of sunlight. It also contains  0.5% of Kojic acid that evens out skin pigmentation and prevents the  occurrence of acne. The zinc sulfate contents in the serum helps  reduce inflammations.
  Obagi Tretinoin Cream (.025%, .05% and .1%)  - Obagi Tretinoin Cream stimulates cell turnover and is a derivative  of Vitamin A and the active ingredient in Retin-A. It is used to  treat acne and scaly skin problems as well as has anti-aging benefits  to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences. She has authored several articles about antiaging skin care products including many from Obagi and iS Clinical range of skin care products.