Over-the-counter retinol products are highly sought-after due to their multifaceted benefits: beyond acne management, they offer enhanced skin appearance and reduced signs of aging. In this article, Joanna Vargas, facialist to some of the most radiant complexions on the red carpet, would like to highlights their effectiveness in minimizing fine lines, large pores and improving skin texture and tone.
Vargas says, “Navigating these products can be challenging as they are numerous and the formulations can vary greatly and therefore careful application is crucial, particularly initially, as they can cause irritation.
Retinols belong to the retinoid family, derived from vitamin A, explains Dr. Mitchell. While prescription-strength retinoids like Retin-A and Accutane have existed since the 1970s, retinol, a milder form, is accessible without a prescription. So the distinction here is that retinoids are what your dermatologist can prescribe while retinol is found in over-the-counter skincare products like serums and creams.
Retinol can operate in various ways and it’s a true multitasker that can address multiple skin concerns like enhancing skin cell turnover, facilitating natural exfoliation. Other benefits can include the unclogging of pores, aiding acne treatment and prevention.
Retinols are less potent than their prescription counterparts but they can still help in preventing or correcting aging concerns. Moreover, retinols may boosts collagen production, crucial for skin firmness and elasticity.
Additionally, retinols may diminish dark spots by curbing excess melanin production as supported by many clinical trials and also demonstrating significant reductions in crow's feet and skin discoloration with consistent use.
Choosing the Right Product
Despite widespread availability, consulting a dermatologist or your skincare professional before starting retinol is wise, especially for those breastfeeding or with skin conditions like eczema or rosacea. Pregnant women should avoid retinols.
Another factor to consider is that some formulations can cause irritation and knowing this side effect can help you in asking which retinol serum or cream will be best for you.
For sensitive skin, opt for products with additional ingredients like ceramides, niacinamide, or hyaluronic acid to counter dryness and inflammation. Encapsulated retinols, with a protective barrier for gradual release into the skin, might be less irritating. The Joanna Vargas Super Nova retinol serum is an antioxidant rich formula and will boost your skin’s hydration level as it was designed to be soothing while also having the benefits associated with retinols.
When and How to Apply Retinols
Patience is key when using retinols, emphasize some experts.
Some retinols skincare products like serums or creams might take some time to show effects but consistency and patience are the key to results.
Start slowly, applying the product once or twice weekly for the first two weeks, gradually increasing frequency if tolerated. Nighttime application is recommended as retinol breaks down in sunlight.
Using a noncomedogenic moisturizer after retinol application can alleviate irritation and dryness and the use of sunscreen is essential during the day due to heightened skin sensitivity caused by retinol.
Lastly, persistence and consistency is the key in all skincare routine and is necessary for visible improvements, leading to better skin quality in time. So continue and onwards to glowing skin.