You must have heard and read a lot about retinols and retinoic acids when it comes to finding best anti-aging products, many anti-aging products are labelled carrying retinols in them, but what are retinols and how do they prevent appearance of wrinkles and clear already visible wrinkles. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, these derivatives help in boosting collagen production, collagen production decreases a little after the age 25 milestone, but this is a natural part of aging and aging doesn’t mean getting old, aging is a natural cycle and people generally don’t feel they need anti-aging at 25.
Collagen is a structural protein and along with elastin it maintains the beauty and glow of your skin, the collagen production basically never stops, but as you age it converts into a different type. That is where come Retinoid creams that help in preserving the elasticity of your skin, but not necessarily increase collagen production. Mostly over the counter products have retinol in them, for example, Olay and Neutrogena anti-aging products contain retinols. Prescription creams used to prevent wrinkles contain retinoic acids; basically they all serve the same purpose.
Retinol based creams should be used only at night, just the way you are not supposed to expose your face to sunlight after scrubbing and exfoliating. Some people cannot tolerate retinols because they have very dry and sensitive skin, but generally it works for most people. As we age, the cellular turn over slows down, creating more dead skin cells on the surface and making the skin appear dull, retinol based creams work to increase the skin’s cellular turn over, these work to slow down the degradation of collagen, and that’s how it prevents wrinkles.
That is why retinol formula is considered the best for preventing winkles, retinol is well absorbed by the skin and it doesn’t make your skin thinner, as generally believed. However, if you feel a lot of redness and irritation with retinol based creams, you should stop using it and consult your dermatologist for a tolerable alternative. The skin adapts to topical retinols in 3-4 weeks, so you have to wait for the results to show. It works not only to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but reduces age spots, acne, and large pores.
It is important to remember if you don’t protect your skin from sun exposure and sun damage, there is no anti-aging cream that can work for you, always make it sure to wear a sun screen before heading out.