Superstar Ingredient: Retinol

Retinol is often hailed as one of the most potent superstar ingredients for your skin. It is part of a family of chemical compounds related to vitamin A known as retinoids. Read on to learn more about the benefits of retinol based products and how they can combat the signs of ageing.


What is retinol? 

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, which plays a vital role in strengthening our immune system. Vitamin A provides the ability to fight more effectively against illness and infection and benefits eyesight. It can be found in a variety of foods including eggs, dairy products, oily fish and meat (especially liver).


What are the benefits of retinol for the skin?

As well as offering internal benefits Vitamin A, in the form of retinol, has healing and strengthening elements that are wonderful for your skin. Retinol is both a trusted ingredient for products designed to treat acne and is famous for its anti-ageing properties.

When retinol comes into contact with the skin enzymes, the body converts it into retinoic acid, the active form of the vitamin. Retinoic acid then works to: increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots and keep the skin hydrated and glowing.

Retinol is also an important ingredient in products designed to soothe and reduce acne. It works to unclog blocked pores and prevent further build-up, helping to reduce acne by treating its root cause.

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Who can use retinol?

Most retinol-based products are suitable for all; however, you need to take care if you have sensitive skin, eczema or rosacea. Applying a retinoic acid based product to sensitive skin can cause irritation, however applying it in the form of retinol is a milder, yet effective, alternative. Retinoids should not be used to pregnant or breastfeeding women.


How do you use retinol?

Retinol based products, especially those that are highly concentrated, are best used overnight so that they can fully absorb into the skin. Our Night Force A + E Cream is enriched with retinol and has been formulated to enhance collagen production and regulate skin renewal while you sleep.