Retinol is an over-the-counter retinoid. Which means that you don't have to go to a dermatologist for a prescription. It produces results similar to prescription-strength retinoids with less irritation. We like PCA Skin Retinol Renewal with RestorAtive Complex ($88), Intensive Age Refining Treatment .5% pure retinol night ($106), Intensive Clarity Treatment .5% pure retinol night ($106).
- Increase cell turnover within the skin, stimulating collagen production, and exfoliating the top layers of skin to reveal, fresher younger-looking skin underneath.
- Decrease the appearance of wrinkles, prevent new ones from forming, fade discoloration and sun damage, reduce the risks of developing skin cancer and improve the skin's texture and elasticity.
- Are topical treatments for wrinkles that are FDA approved. They are extremely effective, and doctors and patients alike swear by the results.
Summer is a good time to start a retinoid. Humidity makes your skin less likely to dry out as it adjusts to the retinoid. Retinoids can cause dryness, redness, and flaking. But, if you ease in, you can avoid a rough transition. When you begin a retinoid treatment, apply it every two to three nights. This will give your skin a chance to adjust to the cream and help to avoid irritation. Once your skin has adjusted, you can build up to using it every night. Apply to dry skin, about 15 - 20 minutes after thoroughly cleansing your face and follow with your moisturizer to prevent dryness.
Begin using a retinoid as soon as possible. Men and women in their twenties and thirties benefit from using a retinoid as it boosts collagen production beneath the skin, making it thicker and firmer. As a result, starting a retinoid treatment early in life can prevent deep wrinkles from forming in the first place. Starting in your forties, fifties and above can have the effect of turning back the clock by plumping out the skin, fading age spots and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It is never too late to start!
Lastly, give it a chance to work - don't give up! Most people see improvements anywhere between 4 to 8 weeks.