Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Five Great Retinol Products for Your Skin

Are you resolving for more beautiful skin in 2014?  You could shave your face for a great exfoliation.  Hands down, though, experts unanimously recommend retinoids or over-the-counter products with retinol as anti-aging super stars.

LiftActiv Retinol HA Night
Vichy LiftActive Retinol HA Night - Good Housekeeping Beauty All-Star Award Winner

Why?  Because retinoids are the only ingredient scientifically proven to work on a molecular level.  It improves the cellular function of aging complexions and skin that has suffered sun damage.

In English?  It improves skin texture while diminishing wrinkles and brown spots.  My dermatologist recommends retinoid cream.

Here is the in-depth science behind retinol and retinoids.

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Prescription Strength
So what products work?  The prescription stuff is the best.  I can attest to the efficacy of Renova and Retin-A.  I use Renova every other night. Click HERE to learn about the difference between Retin-A, Renova and retinol

TIP: use Retin-A or Renova on your hands to help with brown spots.  I do.

My Personal Renova & Retin-A Stash
WORD OF WARNING: the stuff is effective and you should wear sunscreen while using it.  When I was a teenager and used Retin-A to treat acne, I developed a terrible sun blister on my chin.  I was at a track meet, sans sunscreen and burned.  Badly. The blister took weeks to heal.

What About Over-The-Counter?
Experts suggest looking for a product with a .4% concentration of retinol.  Also look for something that is packaged in a way that it blocks light and air, as retinol degrades in both.  This means no clear jars with removable lids.

Here are five OTC retinol creams that work and are worth your money.

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream | Skin Medica .25 Retinol Complex |
  Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night | Kate Somerville RetAsphere | Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0
  1. RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream - a bargain beauty buy that dermatologists CONSISTENTLY recommend. I recently interviewed one who said RoC was her favorite drugstore anti-aging brand. RoC's Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum recently earned "Best Retinol Product" honors from New Beauty magazine. Worried the retinol might be too much? Try RoC's Sensitive Skin Night Cream.
  2. Skin Medica .25 Retinol Complex - InStyle magazine named this treatment a "Best Beauty Buy" in its May 2014 issue. This also comes in a .5 concentration.
  3. Vichy LiftActive Retinol HA Night - Good Housekeeping deemed this its "Best Anti-Aging Night Cream". I like this because it's not too strong. 
  4. Kate Somerville RetAsphere - Elle magazine likes this product because it also contains hyaluronic acid to help plump your skin while fighting wrinkles. 
  5. Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0 - everything Skinceuticals does is a winner.  This product is no different. 
The Takeaway
If retinol products aren't in your anti-aging arsenal, they should be.  Start slowly with them, though.  If the product is too potent it can irritate your skin.  Try a patch test on the inside of your arm if you're new to retinol.  Then begin using it once or twice a week and work your way up to the manufacturer's directions.  

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  1. While there may not be one "best" cream, there are several "best" ingredients. These ingredients are not FDA regulated since they are under the cosmetics heading. Ingredients known to work well on wrinkles include hydroxy acids, retinol, tea extracts, Coenzyme Q10, and copper peptides. Since cheap brands and expensive brands typically contain the same ingredients, use your research to decide which product is in your price range. skin care treatments