Retinol is beautys current obsession and the cure-all for everything from acne and sun damage to wrinkles and a dull complexion. But critically, weve found it really works. Here we delve into the science behind this new IT ingredient and the six products you need to know aboutMore
Retinoids such as Retinoic Acid, Retinol and Pro-Retinol have been touted, in recent years, as wonder ingredients. Retinoids are all forms of Vitamin A and can treat a whole host of skin conditions. They stimulate collagen, which keeps skin plump and glowing; increase cell turnover, preventing spots and dry, flaky patches; and increase the thickness of the skin, making it the perfect choice for older complexions.Retinoic Acid (or Retinol A) is only available via prescription, through a dermatologist, to treat serious skin complaints, while Retinol and Pro-Retinol is available in lower doses in over-the-counter skincare products. ‘The higher the percentage in over-the-counter products, the better they will work’ explains D
Retinol molecules can irritate the skin causing dry patches and redness. The best way to avoid this is to look for products with a more sophisticated delivery system. Dove Spa’s Rejuvenating Serum contains encapsulated retinol, which delivers the encased retinol through the epidermis without coming into contact, which is when irritation can occur. Once the retinol is into the lower layers of the skin it is released and sets to work. This is a course of serum which is to be used when your skin needs a boost, the four tubes last a month and the serum should be applied at night under your usual moisturiser. It is ideal if your skin needs a boost.
Recharge Intensive Rejuvenating Serum, £47 by