What is retinol?
Retinol is also known as vitamin A and is used topically to boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unlike many other anti-ageing ingredients, retinol has been backed by research.
Will I suffer from irritation?
Every user reacts differently to retinol. Some people experience irritation, redness and flaking while others have no side effects.
Proteins in the skin called retinol receptors boost collagen production by releasing retinoids into skin cells.
Retinol converts into retinoic acid; the substance which results in irritation. Your skin can produce retinoid receptors to help control the reaction to retinol. Those with lower levels of retinoid receptors have more irritation than those with higher amounts.
What is the difference in retinol percentage?
Retinol comes in different strengths – you’ll mainly find percentages of 0.1 or 0.2% in creams. Higher percentages, such as 1 or 2% are usually in serum form.
If you have sensitive skin, its best to start with a low concentration to see how your skin reacts. If you don’t notice any irritation, move up to a stronger percentage.
Live Skincare Regenerate Retinol Serum
is formulated with 2.5% retinol but contains soothing aloe to help calm your skin. Additionally, hydrating jojoba oil prevents dryness to leave skin supple and strong.