Retinol - Everything you need to know

by Michelle Moran
Retinol - Everything you need to know

There is so much talk about retinol oil in the beauty and health industry. Experts talk about numerous benefits of it, manufacturers cannot take their hands of it, and users always come back for more! But what is it and why do we need to know about it?

What is retinol?

If retinol doesn’t sound familiar to you, you probably know it by its other denomination – vitamin A. The family of vitamins A has a few other vitamins that are all nutritional, and retinol is only a form of it. However, in popular language, we often think of retinol when we speak about vitamin A.

So, being an organic and nutritional compound, we can find retinol in food. The normal intake of this vitamin comes from consuming animal products. Animal liver, eggs and dairy products such as butter, milk or cheese all have vitamin A in them. Besides animal products, it can be found in carrots, pumpkins, bell peppers and broccoli. This vitamin is very important for our health. Insufficiency can lead to serious problems such as blindness, malnourishment or conjunctivitis.

Signs of retinol insufficiency

Eye and vision problems

Metabolism problems

Skin and hair problems
  • Night-blindness
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Blurry or reduced vision
  • Lower libido
  • Fatigue
  • Amenorrhea (missed menstrual cycle)
  • Hair loss
  • Acne and skin irritation
  • Dry and cracked skin

Retinol in the skincare and beauty industry – answering big questions

There are numerous retinol skin benefits. In commercial use, retinol is mainly found in a form of oil or inside creams, shampoos and other skincare products. What we usually find in these products is Retinyl palmitate.

Retinol - Everything you need to know

Its main function in skin care is skin revitalization and restoring youthfulness. A retinol-based skin revitalization cream or an age-defying retinol moisturizer will help your skin find more elasticity and reduce dryness.

Benefits of retinol oil for skin

Some of the benefits of retinol oil, but also retinol cream benefits are:

  • Reducing skin dryness
  • Skin revitalization and increase in elasticity
  • Acne treatment
  • Treatment of minor scars
  • Wrinkle smoothing
  • Skin flexibility
  • Cell rejuvenation
  • Collagen production improvement

Can you use retinol while breastfeeding or pregnancy? 

This question is asked very often, and the answer is both yes and no. Even though there is a very low risk, high levels of retinol in the mother’s body could harm the baby. So, without consultation or a doctor’s prescription, we suggest you don’t use formulations that contain high levels of retinol while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Retinol - Everything you need to know

If you are, however, having normal levels of retinol it is safe for you to use products containing a small amount of this vitamin.  

Does retinol help with acne scars?

Retinol is often used in treatment for acne, but also for the scars that they leave. Its anti-aging properties help our skin smoothen and tone, so it can also help with the fading of scars.

Retinol - Everything you need to know

Products not to use with retinol

It is best if you didn’t use other skin exfoliants (AHA, BHA, etc) combined with retinoids (such as a retinol cream, body milk, etc.). Also, products that dry the skin and benzoyl peroxide can affect the effects of retinol on your skin. Drying agents can cause irritation or redness when combined with retinoids, and benzoyl peroxide will make retinoids to oxidize, which will reduce the power of retinol. 

Skineez and retinol

Skineez knows a lot about the benefits of retinol oil for the skin! For that reason, as a health and beauty business, we included it in our usual formula. Now, all our products contain a small dose of retinol, just enough to freshen up your skin!

Combined with other skin-nourishing ingredients, retinol plays a big part in our skincare philosophy. Its anti-aging properties help every woman (and man!) feel good in their skin.

Although we use the term “anti-aging”, we think it is very important that we accept our aging process and proudly embrace our age. We are all beautiful when we feel good in our skin, and that is the real goal of our company! Our formula will help you care for your skin in the most natural way.

Check out our skincare products and don’t let dry skin be your enemy this winter!

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