It’s the beauty buzz word on everyone lips (and face!), but why and how should you be using it and is there such as thing as too much Retinol?
No cosmetic ingredient has been scientifically proven to be more effective for improving the signs of ageing than Retinol which is why everyone is talking about it.
How does Retinol work?
A form of vitamin A, Retinol works is by increasing collagen and Hylaronic production in the skin. This helps increase volume in the skin, which in turn helps to plump out fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinol also regulates the growth and development of skin cell, increasing cell turnover which can help to refine dry, dehydrated or rough skin. Retinol is often recommended in targeting other skin concerns such as age spots, acne and photodamaged skin, as it helps regulate the formation of excess skin cells around follicles (which can lead to acne) and inhibit’s UV-B stimulated pigment formation on the skin surface.
“Retinol is such a multifunctional vitamin and for this reason, anyone from the age of 20 onwards can start to use retinol to help maintain optimal skin health,” says Heather Vounnou, Ultraceuticals Global Education Innovator, who advises always seeking advice from a qualified Skin Technician when deciding on percentage strength.
Top of the Class, Ultra A
At Ultraceuticals we’re incredibly proud of our pure vitamin A (Retinol) products. Retinol is a tricky and unstable molecule so it has to be stabilised to maintain optimal potency until usage.
Luckily our team of expert research chemists have spent years developing and testing its exclusive ULTRA-Reti™ microencapsulation technology for effective stabilisation and delivery of retinol to the skin – with all Ultra A Skin Perfecting Range products undergoing three months of rigorous clinical trials.
At the heart of our Ultra Vitamin A Range , ULTRA-Reti™ microparticles are formed by encapsulating pure vitamin A (Retinol) into a soft wax base which is readily absorbed into the skin – helping to refine, plump and visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles along with a whole bunch of other amazing skin health benefits.
The newest Ultra A Skin Perfecting Range formulation contains 1 million more of these microparticles, which are also 1 millionth of the size – meaning they penetrate into the skin much faster and deeper.
Are they any risks in using Retinol?
We recommend that the use of any vitamin A product be under the supervision of your Skin Technician, this is an ingredient that commands a lot of respect and best prescribed by a professional. There are certain groups and skin types who should avoid retinol and the increase in photosensitivity and dryness of the skin are common side effects if used incorrectly.
“We would always advise using the Ultra Vitamin A Range over a three-month period, starting at a lower dose and gradually building to a higher dosage to avoid any form of irritation; and also suggest that the product is used every alternate night for the first two weeks, gradually building to daily use as tolerated” explains Heather.
To start your journey to your best possible skin and discuss how to incorporate vitamin A into your skin health routine, visit your local Ultraceuticals expert clinic for a consultation with one of our qualified Skin Technicians.