Hello Skin lovers, it has been a while hasn’t it? So sorry I have been crazy busy these last couple of weeks and didn’t want to half-heartedly blog!
So lets have a little catch up!
So far in my blogs I have discussed many topics with you, such as; a decent daily & nightly routine, acne, how to save money in your skin care splurges, battling drying winter skin, vitamin c, the SPF war, my view on botox and fillers, water and its effects on the skin and more. I have even made a couple of videos (yes guys I have a youtube channel as well). Now that’s quite a lot of info on various topics to take in, but it doesn’t stop there, I have more for you!
This week I wanted to hit you with a little power house in the skincare world. Vitamin A. vitamin A has many maaaany different names in the aesthetic industry but the most common is retinol, so I’ll go with that for the purpose of this blog.
Retinol is one of the leading products in anti-aging. It’s a nimble little molecule that penetrates deep into the dermal layer of the skin you stimulate your fibroblast cells. Ones these bad ass cells have been stimulated collagen is produced, which plump out fine lines and wrinkles. Once collagen production is having a boost then your elastin coils are able to shorten again, tightening your skin for an overall smoother and younger appearance. Retinol also speeds us your skins natural exfoliation process because of the increase of cellular turn over (activity in the skin), so your skin will always have that youthful glow as well as having tighter pores and a reduction in break outs. Amazing right?
Well that’s not all. Retinol helps to lighten pigmentation as well. Pigmentation is far more aging than even wrinkles and fine lines because young people can have wrinkles whereas pigmentation develops, and gets worse over time. To lighten/remove age spots really make the skin appear younger. Because of the pigmentation being lightened Retinol is also a tyrosinase inhibition, which basically means it will protect your skin from overactive melanocyte activity. In more simple terms it will calm down the cells in your skin responsible for causing pigmentation and reduce your chance of getting more or worsening pigmentation. This does NOT mean it protects your skin from the sun though, in no way take that from this SPF is paramount and will be the best block against unwanted pigmentation.
Impressive right? Right! Retinol gets the thumbs up from me!
I may have to warn you though strong products with a high concrete of Retinol in are build up products because if you just go straight ahead and use them every day you are going to end up with a very sore, very red flaky face. So, build up from using it once a week in the evening. Also AVOID the eyes like a panda and wash your hands after use retinol spreads extremely easily, trust me you do not want retinol in your eye. OUCH!
Much skin loving love,
Your skincare Queen
Isabelle P x