Retinoids are no strangers to anti-aging skincare formulas and products, but until recently, they have been known to come at the price of skin irritation. Their biochemical properties can make them very potent anti-aging ingredients that can help to improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture. But retinoids may be most effective when combined with the right blend of compatible ingredients.
What Is a Retinoid?
Simply put, a retinoid is a class of chemical compounds that either contain vitamin A or are chemically related to it. There are three primary categories of retinoids, but the ones most commonly found in skincare products include many of the so-called first-generation retinoids, which include retinol and tretinoin.
These retinoids are some of the most studied ingredients for the restoration of photo-damaged skin, and while research has shown that they can be good anti-aging ingredients, they do have limitations that hinder their effectiveness. In the case of tretinoin, the anti-aging results may require a very long period of time in order to take effect, which can frustrate many people looking for an improvement in the appearance of their skin.
Additionally, there are many cases of adverse effects related to the use of tretinoin and retinol, including skin irritation and dermatitis. While retinol may produce fewer occurrences of skin irritation than does tretinoin, this ingredient may be as much as 20 times less potent, thus leading to less efficacy.
It’s Use in Cutting-Edge Skincare Formulas
Although a retinoid on its own may have its drawbacks, when combined with lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, the result is a double conjugated retinoid that is able to deliver the benefits of each of these ingredients without causing skin irritation. However, this combination of anti-aging ingredients has never been successfully achieved in one stable formula…until now.
AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE and Intensive AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE by skinbetter science utilize a cutting-edge formula to successfully blend a retinoid and alpha hydroxy acid together for the first time. This may result in a significant reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles in as little as four weeks, with little to no irritation.
These two formulas are identical, except that Intensive AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE contains a higher level of glycolic acid, another alpha hydroxy acid, for increased skin retexturization.
When applied to the skin, these formulas can invigorate collagen and help to improve the look and feel of skin texture. As an added bonus, the AlphaRet™ creams also contain targeted peptides, antioxidants and a hydrating blend of ingredients to provide the most comprehensive anti-wrinkle cream available.
Anti-aging skincare truly is a science, and knowing which ingredients are best on their own and which may need to be combined with other complementary ingredients is a key component of finding the right anti-aging solution for your skin. If you’d like to learn more about how the proprietary AlphaRet™ formulas might be able to help minimize the effects of aging on your skin, find a professional in your area and take the first step toward achieving the appearance of smoother, more radiant skin.