Retinol is an incredibly popular anti-aging compound. You can find it in a variety of products trying to offer you all the ways you can to potentially help turn back time for your skin. Night creams are particularly popular, but others products use it as well. Knowing what to look for in a product is really only the start of using one though. Typically you want to have a clear idea of how a product works so that you can determine whether they’ll work well with the rest of your routine or not. After all, it is relatively easy to accidentally load up on products that work in the same way that can lead to damage if abused. That’s why we’re going to try to demystify retinol for your. We’re going to give a brief overview of what it is and how it actually helps to support a more youthful complexion. You might be surprised to know that you already know what retinol is even if you didn’t know that it had more than one name.

Hey Vitamins
Retinol, amusingly enough, is just Vitamin A. It isn’t some specialized and secretive chemical you’ll never know the truth behind. We don’t mean that retinol is literally what you’re eating when you’re eating some food high in vitamin A, but it is a variation on that crucial vitamin. Much like with vitamin B, there are several forms of vitamin A. Retinol is Vitamin A1 specifically. All of its relatives in skincare, retinoids, are variations on this central compound. They all help to support your skin in similar ways providing you’re willing to let them. Vitamins A, C, and E are all crucial elements of skincare that you need to use properly. Each one is necessary to both internally support your skin and can be used topically to support it in a more direct fashion. Vitamin A, like the other two, has a close relationship with your skin’s ability to both repair damage and reduce the overall effects on aging on the skin. Why this is so is somewhat complex topic, but easy to summarize.

A Little Support
One of the big ways that retinol works is by help encourage cell turnover rate in the skin when applied topically. Most of us already know that our skin regularly sheds layers of dead skin cells. These outermost layers of skin help to protect the delicate inner skin while the regular turnover rate prevents anything from being truly caught in the outer layers of the skin. It keeps the skin clean and healthy. Unfortunately, it isn’t a perfect system. Dead skin cells can end up clumping together because they don’t quite detach properly or because they get caught by your skin’s natural oils. Retinol actually helps to increase the turnover rate overall to help reduce these problems. This results in reduce buildup of dead skin cells over the healthy skin while keeping enough of the layers of dead skin cells to protect the skin below. The result is a healthy, natural look rooted entirely in your skin doing exactly what it evolved to do.

The Right Materials
There are studies that suggest topical vitamin A helps in other ways as well. As we highlighted earlier, vitamin A plays a clear role in helping to support your skin’s ability to repair itself. Skin turnover rate is only one of those ways. Vitamin A is also a crucial element involved in the production of collagen within the skin. Collagen is one of the body’s primary structural proteins. You can thank it for being what gives your skin the firmness of your youth. Collagen production in your body drops off as you age. It never fully stops, but it stops being able to keep up with your body’s overall demands. You need to take steps to help support your body’s production of collagen to help minimize issues such as wrinkles, from skin lacking support, and overall sagging. It is important to note that we can’t fully stop the loss of collagen, but minimizing it goes a long way towards helping us to age gracefully and look as youthful as we can.

Retinol, also known as vitamin A, is an important part of skincare. It helps to support keeping our skin healthy and youthful in multiple ways. By increasing cell turnover rate in surface cells and supporting the production of collagen in the skin, it keeps your skin looking healthy and bright while minimizing wrinkles. You can expect to get these benefits from any of retinol family of compounds too. This combined with the copious amount of studies done that confirm these benefits means you can expect retinol to remain a favorite compound in the skincare industry for a long time yet.

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