Top 5 Things You Should Know About Retinoids and Vitamin A

Why You Should be Using Retinol Cream to Fight Wrinkles and Other Signs of Aging


Are you noticing the first signs of wrinkles and want to stop them in their tracks?

Maybe you’ve tried retinol before but couldn’t tolerate it or didn’t see results fast enough.

Whatever your reason for not incorporating some form of Vitamin A into your wrinkle-fighting regimen, you need to rethink your decision.

Today we’re going to teach you some facts about Vitamin A, dispel a couple of common myths about retinoids and tell you why you need to clear a space on your counter for this age-fighting miracle ingredient.

Before we go any further, let’s talk for a second about what retinoids are actually scientifically proven to do.

  • Unclog pores to help keep skin clear of blemishes and acne
  • Boost collagen production to help minimize existing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Speed up cellular growth to reduce discolorations and even out skin tone
  • Bolster skin’s thickness and elasticity to get rid of that thin, crepey look

  1. Myth – Retinoids Don’t Penetrate Skin To Begin With

    I hear this one a lot and it’s a load of baloney. True, there are some products with molecular structures too big to penetrate your skin but vitamin A in any form isn’t one of them. Whatever form of vitamin A that you use is converted to retinoic acid, which is what helps your skin. It absorbs perfectly well right down to where it needs to be.

  2. Myth – Only expensive prescription retinoids work

    Totally false. There are plenty of good OTC retinoid products that work beautifully. For instance, Olay’s ProX is a great product, as is Philosophy’s Miracle Worker Line. They’re not as strong as prescription retinoids, but they do work. The key is to look for a product with the retinoid listed in the first half of the ingredients list. They may be listed as:

    • Retinyl pamitate
    • Retinol
    • Pro Retinol
    • Adapalene (prescription synthetic, aka Differin)
    • Tretinoin (prescription, aka retinoic acid, Retin-A, Atralin, Avita, Renova)
    • Retinaldehyde (aka retinal, vitamin A aldehyde)
    • Tazarotene (prescription synthetic, aka Avage, Tazorac)
    • Isotretinoin (prescription synthetic, AKA Accutane)
    • Retinyl Propionate
  3. Retinoids made my skin red and flakey.

    Because retinoids act to enhance rapid cellular turnover from underneath, it’s possible that your skin will appear red and/or flaky when you first start using it. Give it time though, because once your skin adapts to it, your skin tone will even out, the redness and flakiness will dissipate, and you’ll start to really see the benefits.

    To help avoid this completely, ease into use. Start with a less powerful retinoid such as OTC retinyl palmitate and work your way up to stronger ones if you need to. Since your skin has to convert it to retinoic acid, your body can signal for a halt in production so that your skin doesn’t get irritated.

    If you’re prescribed a retinol, try using it only a couple of times a week to see how your skin handles it. Also, you only need a pea-sized amount for your entire face. If you tolerate it OK, go to every other night, then to every night.

    A good OTC cream with retinyl palmitate is Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum. It’s won more than one consumer’s choice award. Philosophy’s Help Me Retinol Night Treatment is well-liked, too.

  4. Myth: Retinoids make your skin sensitive to sunlight

    Nope again. Vitamin A and retinoids are sensitive to sunlight and will break down when exposed to UV rays (which is why you should use it at night) but it doesn’t make your skin sensitive to sunlight.

  5. I tried retinol cream and didn’t see any results.

    You probably didn’t try it for long enough. If you have relatively clear skin and want to use it simply for its wrinkle-fighting superpowers, you won’t see results for several weeks, but you WILL see them. A good rule of thumb before you give up: wait 6-8 weeks to see results with prescription retinoids and 3-6 months of daily use with OTC retinoids. It seems like a long time, but it’s worth it!

  6. Now that we’ve dispelled some of the most common myths about retinoids, you may want to seriously reconsider your decision not to use them. They’re relatively inexpensive, extremely effective, and readily available in numerous products. What are you waiting for? Younger skin awaits!

    If you’re using (or have used) a retinoid, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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