While it’s true there is no magic bullet when it comes to perfecting skin, one ingredient comes pretty close—retinol. “Prescription Retin-A and Tretinoin and over the counter retinols increase skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen synthesis,” explains Jennifer Chwalek, MD of Union Square Laser Dermatology. “With consistent use of a topical retinol or retin-A you can see improvement of fine lines, dark spots, texture, and tone.” While an OTC retinol (0.5%-2% concentration) isn’t quite as effective or speedy as prescription-strength, it’s less likely to cause irritation, redness, and peeling so better for anyone with sensitive or drier skin. There are also naturally derived retinol alternatives like rose hip seed oil, chicory root oligosaccharides, and tara tree gum, but Chwalek cautions that there are no studies to prove efficacy. Want to add retinol to your routine? Here are the latest options to stock up on.
The majority of users were very pleased with the changes they have experienced on their skin’s appearance. I can’t avoid to mention here one review which sounded a bit exaggerating when I first read it but at the same time so very funny!
To start- I’m a 28 yo/ female with fair skin and a predisposition to burn and scar easily. I’ve been living in Colorado for the last year and I was warned the altitude and cold weather are not great for the skin. Everyone was correct about this. Fine lines have been dramatized and full-on crow’s feet started settling in. This was only magnified by my mineral makeup that settles in the creases.
Do not apply retinol daily, but rather every other day. Gradual usage is key here so that your skin can acclimate to this active ingredient. If your skin is resilient and shows no signs of sensitivity, thereafter you may apply it once a day. Stop using retinol if irritation occurs with persistent use.
Although you can use any retinol face cream under your eyes, a formula especially made for this delicate area helps prevent sensitivities or reactions. There are retinol eye creams made for use during the day or at night, sensitive skin versions that contain soothing emollients, and time-release formulas that slowly release retinol to help prevent inflammation or redness. Over-the-counter face creams may contain up to 2 percent retinol, the highest percentage permitted by the FDA, although most retinol eye creams contain much less, usually around .5 percent. Look for retinol creams with complementary active ingredients such as caffeine, which constricts blood vessels, reducing puffiness and the appearance of dark circles; hyaluronic acid, which helps moisturize and plump skin, reducing the look of lines and dark circles; and vitamin C, a popular antioxidant that can firm and brighten skin.
However, wrinkle creams with retinol have some downsides. They work by encouraging rapid turnover of surface cells, and that process can cause irritation. For most people, that redness and irritation subsides after a few days or weeks and the skin looks noticeably improved, but some people with sensitive skin simply can’t tolerate retinol; they’re better off trying a wrinkle cream without retinol, which are covered in our discussion of the best wrinkle creams. Another tip we often see for those sensitive to retinol is to start by using a wrinkle cream that contains it every other day or every third day, and then work your way up to every day. Also, if you use a retinol-based product, be sure to be diligent about wearing sunscreen, which we cover in a separate report, as retinol can degrade in the sun.
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Retinol creams also help to stimulate skin cell regeneration. This increased cell turnover helps to improve the appearance of skin including fading dark spots and reducing hyperpigmentation. In this same way, retinol creams are great for healing scars, sun spots, and even more stubborn wrinkles and skin imperfections.
If you’re new to using retinol, start slowly. Mix it with your usual moisturizer or serum to see how your skin responds. And, depending on the concentration of retinol in your product, you can vary the frequency of use from daily to a few times per week.
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Excess preformed vitamin A during early pregnancy has also been associated with a significant increase in birth defects. These defects may be severe, even life-threatening. Even twice the daily recommended amount can cause severe birth defects. The FDA currently recommends that pregnant women get their vitamin A from foods containing β-carotene and that they should ensure that they consume no more than 5,000 IU of preformed vitamin A (if any) per day. Although vitamin A is necessary for fetal development, most women carry stores of vitamin A in their fat cells, so over-supplementation should be strictly avoided.
It does include the ultra-moisturizing sodium hyaluronate, and two fatty alcohols, stearyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol, also known for their moisturizing qualities. Another skin care standout, PTFE. Better known as Teflon, this ingredient works similarly as it does on pans — it creates a smooth surface. Exactly what you want in a wrinkle cream. It’s also known for filling in fine lines as well. (There is a toxicity concern with PTFE, but that occurs at 662 degrees Fahrenheit. Not a likely environment for your face.)
There is new technology, of course, and products that contain retinol are more sophisticated than ever. You can smooth fine lines faster and with less irritation. But in case you’re confused about the best retinol for you (and who wouldn’t be? — the names and variations are mind boggling), we’re breaking down the need-to-know info on the best anti-aging ingredient on the market. Plus, we’re recommending retinol products — from serums to the best wrinkle creams out there.
The world of skincare is one that is ever changing. There is a steady stream of new face products, active ingredients, and innovative cosmetic technology that promise to transform the way we see skincare and the health of our skin. One common ingredient that has been consistent in the skincare conversation for years is retinol. Retinol creams are skincare products that contain the vitamin A derivative retinol. They are typically formulated for the face. Milder formulations are available for use around the eyes. What are the best retinol creams? Read on to find out or scroll to the bottom of the page.
At night, your skin is actually primed for soaking-up moisturizers, which is why it’s good to have a creamier, more moisturizing eye cream at night. Another reason? If you’re using an eye cream with a retinoid, those are broken down by sunlight, so they won’t work during the day anyway.
I order this product as I was using the face cream at night that goes with it. I have noticed my wrinkles becoming much less noticeable. Have had comments from others about less wrinkles. Will continue to use both products.
“I recommend this product to my patients all the time because Neutrogena is a reliable company and the products are easy to find in any drugstore. The ingredients are of good quality and I have never had anyone complain about any skin reaction or difficulty managing this retinol.” —Jessica Krant MD, board-certified dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate