We all age differently; some of us start to see wrinkles and dark spots in our 20s, while others don’t notice a change in their skin until much later. But at some point or another, all of us begin to notice the effects of aging: loss of volume, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and dryness. While aging is a gift, most consider these changes, in particular, to be unwelcome.
Retinol has become the top dermatologist-recommend, “holy grail” ingredient for combatting pretty much every visible sign of aging skin. Clinical trials and countless success stories make retinol undoubtedly the gold standard. But how is it really working on your skin to achieve these results?
The Power of Retinol
Retinol (the purest derivative of Vitamin A), encourages surface skin cells to turn over and die rapidly, igniting new cell growth. Underneath the surface, it boosts collagen synthesis and repairs connective tissue. By training cells to work faster, skin starts to become firmer, smoother, and more even in tone.
While dramatic before/after images might encourage you to slather skin with retinol every night, Retinol is a very powerful ingredient and needs to be used carefully. Skin takes time to adjust to this new pace of cell turnover, often causing redness, irritation, and flaking for new users – a commonly reported downside of the ingredient.
So how can skin reap the benefits of Retinol, while avoiding this common side effect?
Retinol’s 2 Sidekicks
Two ingredients work alongside retinol to achieve the same skin-smoothing results without the typical irritation: Bakuchiol and a retinol-like peptide. Combining these two ingredients into your retinol routine is both safe and helps boost the anti-aging effects.
Bakuchiol is an antioxidant extracted from the similarly named plant and is regarded as the plant-based alternative to retinol. In recent years, it has become a common choice for “green beauty” lovers and those with sensitive skin. Like retinol, bakuchiol signals skin cells to amp up collagen production and cell turnover. But as a naturally derived ingredient, it does this a little differently, taking a gentler approach to achieving a similar end result. What’s even better? It doesn’t come with the dryness & irritation retinol users fear. It actually helps to stabilize retinol and builds onto the benefits when used together.
Less commonly known is the retinol-like peptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38. This very scientific-sounding name is fitting, as it means serious business. It works to improve the “skin matrix”, the space between skin cells. By increasing the rate of cell repair and collagen production, it’s incredibly effective in plumping forehead grooves, crow’s feet, and fine lines in as little as one week. Like bakuchiol, it also avoids excessive dryness and irritation, and pairs perfectly with retinol.
Combining all 3, in 1 formula
By combining these 3 anti-aging allstars, our Retinol Reface fights the visible signs of aging while avoiding the typical irritation that comes along with it. And it goes one step further, using encapsulated retinol microspheres that slowly release through the night, to make extra sure that there’s low potential for irritation. If you have sensitive skin, are a retinol beginner, or just want to maximize the anti-aging results, add 1 pump of retinol reface to your routine just 2 times a week, and get ready for real results.
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*When using Retinol Reface, start slow. Use 1 pump after toning, 2 times a week, working your way up to nightly use.