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Retinol and Retinal

EWG Rating—Retinal

Retinal Review from Skin Deep

Retinal or Retinaldehyde

The fundamental structure of the retinal is Vitamin A. In its purest form, it is Vitamin A that you can apply directly to your face. Vitamins are necessary to consume for the health of our bodies. But why do we want to apply it to our faces?

Retinal is one of the world’s most popular anti-aging ingredients. Vitamin A that it contains not only nourishes the skin but improves the appearance of the skin, blurring the annoying lines and wrinkles that threaten to take over as we age.

Vitamin A is a necessary nutrient for our bodies, so it only makes sense that it is also essential for the skin. However, while the skin can utilize some of the Vitamin A consumed, it is far more beneficial to apply retinal topically.

To take full advantage of all of the benefits that Vitamin A has to offer. While it is available on its own, retinal is often combined with other anti-aging ingredients to improve its effects.

The Benefit's of Retinal

reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin A encourages healthy skin development with increased cell turnover helps remove superficial fine lines by sloughing off dead skin cells.

As we age, our skin becomes less able to produce new layers. Meaning that old, dead skin cells will remain on the face and settle into our lines and wrinkles.

Applying Retinal improves the skin’s growth cycle. It is vital to help your complexion look younger, especially when you see signs of aging.

Retinal is an effective antioxidant. Free radicals enter the skin through the environment, caused both by sun exposure and by pollutants. These free radicals attack the face. Antioxidants create a protective barrier between free radicals and skin cells.

This helps to protect the skin from harm. In addition, it is allowing it to restore itself. Youthful complexions with the proper nutrients encourage healthy collagen, which further aids in minimizing lines and wrinkles.

Retinal also keeps your skin clear. Unfortunately, even though many women are lucky enough to leave acne in their teenage years, many of us still get spots, even as we mature.

Retinal unclogs pores by exfoliating dead skin cells, combating oiliness, reducing redness, and improving the skin's overall texture. Which is something that few other individual ingredients can do on their own?

EWG Rating Retinol

Retinol Cosmetic EWG Review Score

Cosmetic Independent Review (CIR) suggests that Retinol is safe in small doses but should not be applied when pregnant or becoming pregnant.

Retinol, A form of Vitamin A

Dermatologists have long recommended vitamin A as the best treatment for wrinkles. 

Vitamin A helps the cells in our skin turnover and regenerate faster, exfoliating the dead outer layer of skin and leaving fresh new skin to appear.

It also minimizes pores, especially larger pores that can appear as we age or as the pore wall deteriorates.

Vitamin A Treatments for the Face

There are few nutrients as good for the skin as vitamin A. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant, but it also is an excellent anti-aging treatment. In addition, it is the number one ingredient most recommended by dermatologists to reduce the look of wrinkles.

However, it is important to remember that vitamin A can be deactivated by sunlight and air, so the most effective products will come in clouded, airless pumps.

Vitamin A has three primary functions: reducing wrinkles, lightening dark spots and discolorations, and smooth rough patches of skin. Keep in mind that vitamin A is often packaged as a “retinoid.”

As we age, our skin becomes less able to regenerate itself. In addition, Photo-aging occurs from when we were younger begins to catch up with us. 

Thus, free radicals cause wrinkles and dark spots to appear. Vitamin A helps fight these signs of aging by boosting the skin’s natural ability to renew and regenerate healthy cells.

It also contributes to alleviating wrinkles' appearance by pushing dead skin cells to the surface, where they can be naturally sloughed away.

This is especially important, as layers of fresh, healthy skin can be covered by layers of decaying skin, which gives the entire face a gray, dull, sagging complexion.

By increasing blood flow to the application areas, vitamin A helps fade blemishes even in the deepest layers of skin. For example, under-eye discoloration can be caused by inadequate blood flow and eliminated by applying this ingredient to the area.

Better blood flow brightens the appearance of the entire face but can especially work to lighten age spots and other blemishes that occur at all ages.

Last but certainly not least, the function is to even areas of roughness in the skin. The use of a retinoid cream can soften acne scars, pockmarks, and other roughness.

Unfortunately, these rough patches cause the skin to look dull and have uneven coloring, making the entire face appear more aged than it is.

By increasing the amount of blood that flows, the skin can return to its natural, more even appearance.

A straight vitamin A cream may be too irritating for some women, especially those with sensitive skin. In addition, some women report drying and redness after applying a retinoid.

You can counteract this with a soothing moisturizer or other product designed to eliminate redness and soothe irritation.

It is essential to apply the serum at night and only in the areas that it is most needed.

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