Some skincare components just seemed like rocket science for me. I wanted to finally describe retinol so that everyone understands what it is.
It took me a while to understand what free radicals are and how antioxidants prevent oxidative damage. Then you might imagine that it took me even more to finally grasp what retinol does, I just knew I had to apply it to my skin. So, this is how this article came to life.
Retinol for dummies
What is retinol?
Retinol is one of the main forms of vitamin A, just like vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid and niacinamide is a derivative from vitamin B3.
Retinol is one of several types of retinoids. Retinoids, on the other hand, is a term that includes all derivatives from vitamin A—natural or synthetic— they include retinoic acid, retinyl esters, retinaldehyde, and retinol, of course.
What does retinol do?
Retinol helps stimulate cell turnover and also boosts collagen production.
It improves tone and texture, dryness, fine lines, and it evens skin tone.
If you are using retinol, the rule is sunscreen is a must, because it makes it more prone to sun damage.