Skincare Science: What Are Retinoids?

“Retinoids” has become a buzzword in skincare, but many people are often at a loss to explain what these ingredients are, exactly, and how they might work to improve the look and feel of skin tone and texture. Here are the ins and outs of retinoids in skincare and when and how to add them to your regular routine to help smooth and revitalize the appearance of your overall complexion.

What Is a Retinoid?

Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that have been shown to be beneficial in helping to manage acne, acne scarring and signs of aging. Retinoids work by aiding in the natural process of desquamation, in which old skin cells are sloughed off the surface and are replaced by new ones. If these old cells build up on the skin, they can combine with dirt and oil to clog the pores, which may result in acne breakouts or other unwanted skin conditions. Retinoids may also have anti-inflammatory effects that may contribute to their anti-aging benefits (Dermatology Nursing).

Retinoids may also have anti-inflammatory effects that may contribute to their anti-aging benefits.

Retinoids may also have anti-inflammatory effects that may contribute to their anti-aging benefits.

Skincare Benefits of Retinoids

While retinoids have long been used to help minimize acne by aiding in skin turnover and nourishing collagen, these same properties have come to be recognized as beneficial for anti-aging skincare needs as well. Healthy skin turnover rates help to ensure the look and feel of a smooth, even skin tone and texture, while collagen-nourishing properties assist in providing a full, youthful appearance.

Healthy skin turnover rates help to ensure the look and feel of a smooth, even skin tone and texture.

Healthy skin turnover rates help to ensure the look and feel of a smooth, even skin tone and texture.

How to Use Retinoids in Skincare

Traditionally, the primary drawback of using retinoids in skincare has been the fact that these ingredients can cause redness or irritation. Although this is a common side effect and one that often indicates that the product is working, many sensitive skin types may not be able to handle such a product on a regular basis.

That’s why skinbetter science has developed a revolutionary anti-aging formula that combines a retinoid with lactic acid to form a double conjugated retinoid. The result is a truly significant reduction in the appearance of depth and size of wrinkles, but with little to no irritation. The AlphaRet™ formula is available in two concentrations, AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE and AlphaRet™ Intensive Overnight Cream FACE, which contains a higher level of glycolic acid for increased skin retexturization.

This proprietary anti-aging formula also contains an ultra hydrating blend of squalane, niacinamide, ceramides and fatty acids. Added to that are skin soothing compounds and antioxidants to help provide a sensation of calmness and added protection against collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid breakdown.

The AlphaRet™ formula is the first of its kind to successfully combine these two gold-standard skincare ingredients into a one-step nighttime wrinkle cream that can offer all of their anti-aging benefits without the irritation.

Many sensitive skin types may not be able to handle such a product on a regular basis.

Many sensitive skin types may not be able to handle such a product on a regular basis.

In Summary

Understanding the various components of your anti-aging skincare products can help you to custom-tailor your daily and nightly routines to fit the needs of your unique skin type. Those with sensitive or very dry skin can now benefit from the anti-aging properties of ingredients like retinoids without experiencing the irritation that may result when using many traditional retinoid formulations. For additional skincare advice, talk with your dermatologist about the most appropriate products to use for your skin type and condition.

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