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.
“Retinoid helps to combat the early signs of aging, such as skin elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” notes Julie Russak, MD. “Most importantly, it decreases our cellular turnover rate for signs of dark spots and sun damage. I tell my patients to start using it as early in life as possible to gain the benefits. Women will have to take a break from retinoids during their childbearing age, and I try to educate my patients early on to get into the habit of applying retinol as early as their 20s before they have to take a break.
The observed fact that topical isotretinoin (13-cis retinoic acid) results in a dose-dependent effacement of wrinkles with concomitant increase in the formation of normal connective tissues in UVB-irradiated hairless mice caught the interest of dermatologists in isotretinoin. Cunningham evaluated the potential of topical 0.1% isotretinoin cream in a randomized study of 6 months. Isotretinoin-treated patients showed statistically significant improvement in the various symptoms of photoaging like fine wrinkles and pigmentation as compared with placebo-treated subjects (Cunningham 1990). Later, in 2 separate studies, the potential of isotretinoin in treating patients suffering from mild to moderate photodamage was evaluated by Sendagorta and colleagues (1992) (n = 776) and Armstrong and colleagues (1992) (n = 326) in double-blind, vehicle-controlled clinical trials. In both studies, isotretinoin cream 0.05% was applied for 12 weeks, followed by application of higher strength isotretinoin (0.1% cream) during the next 24 weeks. Interestingly, both studies resulted in a statistically significant improvement in overall appearance, fine wrinkling, discrete pigmentation, sallowness, and texture of photoaged skin without causing any significant irritation (Armstrong et al 1992; Sendagorta et al 1992).
Apply in small dots around the eye area and gently smooth until thoroughly absorbed. You may experience mild tingling or redness. This is normal and should be temporary until your skin adjusts. Apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher during the day while using this product. Continue using a sunscreen for one week after stopping use of this product.
A: The discoloration (turns brown) of the Lightening Gel is a normal reaction of this formula due to exposure to air and/or high temperature. This is result of sensitivity to oxidation of the 2% Hydroquinone Skin Lightener. We package this formula in a glass bottle with tight pump to minimize the probabilities of discoloration. If maintained at room temperature and in the same condition (tight pump) as when shipped the product should maintain it’s normal color for the 24 months of shelf life.
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.
Perhaps the most luxurious of the bunch, this ultra-moisturizing fluid keeps your skin supple and hydrated through the night and into the next day. It’s silky, it’s fast-absorbing, and it’ll make you look younger to boot.
What if irritation occurs? “Retinoids exfoliates your skin and may cause it to become sensitive,” says Dr. Murad. “It may peel, flake, turn red and become dry during initial use. It is key to use small amounts every other day, until your skin works up tolerance for vitamin-A.” Wash with a gentle face scrub a few times a week to clear the top layer of old skin.
Photoaging is the superimposition of photodamage on intrinsically aged skin generally bringing about premature aging. This specific damage occurs by chronic (multiple) exposure of the skin to UV light. Clinically, the skin becomes coarse; epidermis thickens (hyperplasia) initially and then thins (atrophy), there is laxity, sallowness with wrinkles, irregular hyperpigmentation, lentigines, and telangiectasias (Gilchrest 1996). The pores of the skin are larger, filled with horny material and have a tendency to develop Favre-Racouchot’s syndrome (nodular elastoidosis with cysts and comedones). There is also an increase in development of benign neoplasms (seborrheic keratosis, fibroma, acrochordon, and ruby spots), “premalignant” lesions (actinic keratosis, lentigo maligna), and malignant lesions (basal and squamous cell carcinomas and malignant melanomas) on chronically exposed skin found in the face, hands and neck regions (Torras 1996, Oppel and Korting 2004). In severely damaged skin, there is loss of epidermal polarity (orderly maturation) and individual keratinocytes may show atypia, especially the lower epidermal layers. More profound changes occur in the dermis, where photodamage is characterized by degeneration of collagen and deposition of abnormal elastotic material, reflected by wrinkles, furrows, and yellow discoloration of the skin. The greater the photodamage, the more the accumulation of thickened, tangled and degraded elastic fibers (Gilchrest 1996). The surface roughness is not only attributed to the changes in the stratum corneum but also to the changes in the glycosoaminoglycan (GAG) content of the skin. With increase in age, there is a decrease in the GAG content. Contradictorily, Bernstein and Uitto (1995) found that there is an increase in the GAG content in the photoaged skin. Yet GAG does not deposit in the papillary dermis, instead it accumulates on the abnormal elastotic material, which makes it unavailable as a source of hydration resulting in a dull, leathery appearance of the skin (Kang, Fisher, et al 2001). The microcirculation is also affected by sun exposure. Blood vessels become dilated and twisted (telangiectasia) and finally very sparse, while their walls are initially thickened and later thinned (Gilchrest 1996). UV irradiation of the skin increases the reactive oxygen species and decreases the endogenous antioxidant enzymes. The superoxide anion is produced by energy transfer from several endogenous UV-absorbing chromophores including NADH−/NADPH, tryptophan, riboflavin, or transurocanic acid (Rittié and Fisher 2002) in the presence of molecular water present within the cell. The superoxide anion is then converted to hydrogen peroxide, which in the presence of transition metal ions such as iron and copper undergoes conversion to a highly reactive hydroxyl radical. This increased production of ROS alters gene and protein structure and function leading to skin damage.
This serum contains a whopping total of 23 vitamins the skin uses for therapeutic functions on top of retinol. The vitamins are derived from botanical sources like flax seed, a known source of omega-3 fatty acids, that are known to prevent irritation and Yarrow, an ancient herbal medicine, that has brightening properties for the skin.
Apply on clean dry skin. If you are using a toner, first use the toner and then the serum. Apply a small amount of it with your fingertips on both your face and neck. Wait for it to be fully absorbed and put on your moisturizer.
Seité and colleagues (2005) conducted two double-blind vehicle-controlled clinical studies in postmenopausal women to investigate the effects of a topically applied retinol plus vitamin C combination on epidermal and dermal compartments of aged or photoaged skin.
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I use this cream for my acne because I’ve heard good things about it. I don’t see much of a difference but it does leave my skin feelings younger and smoother. I’m happy with the results just wish it would’ve worked on my acne scars as well. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
Something else to consider is that retinol, like all vitamin A derivatives, is NOT recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. That includes all skin care products, even serums and night creams. And it certainly includes sunscreens – I’m always appalled when I see pregnant women applying retinol-containing sunscreens on their bellies. I can’t understand why warnings for pregnant women are not on more skin care products.
This clinically-proven serum contains Murad’s potent yet gentle Retinol Tri-Active Technology featuring a fast-acting Retinoid, a time-released Retinol and a Retinol booster. Marine Kelp Complex contains bio-nutrients from Brown Algae and Giant Kelp to help lift, firm, and visibly brighten dark circles for more defined contours and an illuminated appearance. See the difference in just one week.*
I have used many different brands of eye creams over the years beginning in my twenties. It was an attempt to ward off the family gene for baggy eyes. Well, many years have past and I can’t say if the creams really helped, but I am sure this RoC retinol correxion eye cream has been by far the best. I have thin, dry, delicate skin and sensitive eyes, too. So, lucky me, I have tried many creams that just won’t work for me. But RoC eye cream has never caused my eyes to water or the skin around my eyes to get irritated. The best thing about RoC, though, it works! I noticed within two weeks that my puffiness was reduced and the pinkness was lightened. I don’t have dark circles, but the since my eye skin is thin, the pink from underneath is visible. Since using this cream, I feel like my skin is plumper in that area, hiding the redness. It also helps my concealer go on without pilling. It keeps my eyes moisturized, but not greasy. It absorbs in without leaving a sheen. Every so often I have tried other eye creams and they never live up to their claims, I always go back to this RoC product. With RoC, I know my eyes will look the best thay can. It keeps the puffiness away, the fine lines hardly visible and makes my eyes look “fresher”. The price is good when compared to department store brands, very reasonable, and you can find it almost anywhere. I highly recommend RoC retinol correxion! Ro Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
After noting barrier-bolstering niacinamide high atop the ingredient list, we weren’t all that surprised by this formula’s nonaggressive approach. The retinol is encapsulated, which makes it less vexatious and keeps its strength up. Our tester loved its luxe vibe as much as the early returns: smoother, fresher-looking skin in only two weeks. If you’re one to pile on multiple skin-care products before bed, you’ll appreciate how swiftly this water-light serum sinks in.
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At this point, retinol creams have become a staple in skincare. People across ages have found multiple ways to incorporate retinol creams into their routines. It’s important to note that while many of the retinol cream benefits focus on skin concerns related to age, you can reap the many benefits that retinol creams provide as early as your twenties.
Please be mindful to use this at night as Retinol is an advanced ingredient and works best under optimal conditions: ideally no sun penetration and apply before going to bed so it can absorb into your little pores and work its magic overnight.
Retinol is another name for vitamin A. Like other vitamins, vitamin A is found naturally in the body and is primarily connected with keeping the eyes healthy. However, scientists began to synthesize the vitamin in the late 1940s and it was discovered that its topical applications were beneficial for the skin, especially skin that was prone to acne.
Amazing eye cream product. Have been using for a couple weeks and I am impressed with the results. Fine lines and wrinkles look much better and even my dark circles got a fresher look. Highly recommend!
For example, you can not ‘cure’ your genetics. Look at your mom (or dad) do you look like her? How is her skin? What does she do different than you? 95% of the time you’ll have the same predisposed conditions as your parents in terms of height, weight, or skin. That said, you can slow the effects of aging and minimize the signs of it but keeping your face moisturized correctly. I practically believe my skin responds very well to collagen infused products, which is why I recommended the vitamin c cream, however, if you’re a younger lady and you have under-eye circles, all the collagen in the world may not help. Try things out, experiment, there is no simple answer, but if you’re lucky you’ll find something that works like I did.
Retinol products can help visibly diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the appearance of firmness, improve uneven skin tone, smooth and refine the surface of skin, and help mitigate the effects of environmental stressors.