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Retinol 101: Why your skincare routine needs this anti-aging ingredient!

WHAT IS RETINOL?


Simply put, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and a powerful ingredient. Formulas containing it help fight against signs of aging skin. It's the #1 recommended skin-aging solution for its ability to improve the appearance of collagen-depleted skin, speed up skin renewal and minimize the signs of aging. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin and is an essential nutrient for promoting cell turnover — a process that slows down as we age. It stimulates collagen production by fibroblasts & gradually exfoliates the outer layer of skin to improve tone and texture, and can help even pigmentation.


Up until your early-30s, your cells turn over every 28 days, creating a fresh layer of baby smooth skin. But after you hit your mid-30s, your cell regeneration slows down, turning over every 50, 60, or 70 days. That slower cell regeneration is what causes your face to look dry, dull, and wrinkled. How do we correct this? Retinol. Not only will retinol increase your cell turnover, collagen & elastin production, it will also:


1. Prevent wrinkles: It not only smoothes your current fine lines and wrinkles, but also minimizes new ones that form.


2. Brighten dull skin: It exfoliates on a cellular level, revealing brighter, smoother, and newer skin.


3. Treat acne: It not only regulates oily skin, but also keeps pores from clogging, resulting in fewer blackheads, cysts, and pimples.


4. Fade dark spots: Over time, it'll even out your complexion, fading sun spots, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and dark spots.


Early use of retinol products can actually help to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles before they become apparent, so your skin stays looking younger and healthier. Retinol works best when introduced gradually to your regimen. Slowly build up your tolerance level—begin by applying a product containing retinol every other day.


How To Use Your Retinol:


Step 1: Wash your face and apply eye cream. An eye cream will protect the delicate skin around your eyes.

Step 2: Apply antioxidants & make sure your face is completely dry.

Step 3: Take a pea-size amount of your retinol and, starting at your chin, apply with your fingertips in upward and outward motions.

Step 4: Finish with your moisturizer.

Step 5: Remember to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen the morning after.


CAUTION: Retinol use actually makes your skin more delicate and sensitive to the sun, and it is recommended that you use a high SPF and avoid sun exposure (or tanning beds) when using retinol. Also, do not use if you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant.


Skinbetter Science's award winning AlphaRet is a unique combination of an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and a retinoid that leaves skin looking rejuvenated with little-to-no irritation. AlphaRet is the latest innovation in retinoid renewal delivering remarkable results compared to other retinoids and retinoid-based products.

  • Significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles in as little as four weeks, with little-to-no irritation.

  • Combines two gold standard skin rejuvenation ingredients— a retinoid and lactic acid—to create a revolutionary double-conjugated retinoid.

  • Provides moisture to help counteract dryness associated with traditional retinoid-based products

  • Has a potent blend of antioxidants helps neutralize free radicals.


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Available at Pink Medspa in both formulas (Alpha Ret & Alpha Ret Intense) Retail: $110

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