The Ingredient You Need for Younger Skin: Retinol

June 4, 2018 / / Newsletter

 

Searching for the perfect skin cream or serum can be tricky to navigate.  We definitely have our favorites, but the one ingredient our physicians swear by is:  RETINOL.  SkinMedica’s medical-grade Retinol 0.25 has the power to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, and minimize acne…all without over-stressing your skin. Pair it with our anti-aging product:  Total Defense and Repair, for a duo that delivers tangible results in 3-4 weeks. 

WHAT IS RETINOL AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, a form of retinoid.  It’s been long-prized by dermatologists for the way it gently exfoliates.  As we age, our skin cells stop maturing and they start to pile up.  Retinol tells them to renew themselves regularly again.  Retinol makes our skin GLOW!!!

Have you been into the office lately?  Many of our female team members use SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex daily.  Their favorite results from Retinol Complex:

  • Brighter skin
  • Tighter skin
  • Smoother skin
  • Smaller pores
  • Fewer breakouts
  • Less make-up

BONUS ACNE TIP:  Because retinols work to unclog blocked pores and prevent further build-up, they also help eliminate the roots of the breakout.

NOT ALL RETINOLS ARE CREATED EQUAL

SkinMedica’s Retinol Complexes were reviewed by physicians against prescription retinoids.  Studies showed that they performed head-to-head and delivered equally beautiful results in the same amount of time.  Over-the-counter retinol?  Not so much.  Products sold at the drugstore or behind the make-up counter cannot contain the level of retinoid needed for results that “wow”.  Over-the-counter products can also add ingredients that diminish the efficacy of the retinoid.

MEDICAL-GRADE RETINOL:  We love SkinMedica’s line of medical-grade Retinol Complexes.  There are 3 different strengths that accommodate even the most sensitive skin types.  Keep reading for more info on how to choose which Retinol Complex is best for you.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Retinol can leave you looking radiant when applied properly.  However, it’s common to overdo it with usage because we want to see faster results.  Just one pea-sized pump of SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex is plenty and will treat your entire face.  It may feel like luxurious moisturizer…but don’t be fooled!  This product is best used sparingly.

BEGINNER RETINOL TIP:  New to retinol?  Your skin might need a week or two to adjust.

  • Week 1:  Start using it 3-4 times at night-time only
    • Apply it immediately after cleansing your face, and right before moisturizer
    • Avoid the eye area
  • Week 2:  Begin using your retinol nightly and evaluate your response
    • What you want to see:  mild flaking and redness are completely normal in weeks 1 and 2
    • After your adjustment period, your skin should glow, pores should be smaller, and fine lines/wrinkles should look softer
  • Be sure to wear a 30 SPF during the day under your make-up

FINDING YOUR TYPE

We feature 3 strengths of SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex:  0.25, 0.5, and 1.0.  Which one is perfect for you?

  • SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.25
    • Sensitive skin
    • Acne-prone skin
    • Rosacea breakouts or flares
    • First-time retinol users
  • SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5
    • Oily, normal, dry skin
    • Acne-prone skin
    • Mild-to-moderate fine lines and wrinkles
    • Appropriate for all skin types pre-conditioned to use of SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.25
      • May also be appropriate for 1st-time retinol users with less-sensitive skin
      • Contact Ashley Slack, our Product Expert, at (301)698-2424 to determine which option is best for you
  • SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0
    • Oily, normal, dry skin
    • Acne-prone skin
    • Mild-to-moderate fine lines and wrinkles
    • Appropriate for all skin types pre-conditioned to use of another SkinMedica Retinol Complex

DR. WARNER’S PRO TIP:  Every woman over 30 should be using a daily retinol.  Start using SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex today and give your skin the rejuvenating ingredient it needs!

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