With over 40 years of study behind Vitamin A in the field of ageing, it’s no wonder it’s referred to as the “gold standard” in anti-ageing skincare.
It’s comes as no surprise that products developed to fight ageing skin represent the largest category of skincare products globally. In the past ten years, the scientific community has made great progress in developing ingredient complexes to address the numerous problems associated with ageing skin.
As a skincare expert I am constantly monitoring and compiling these studies, some of the most convincing and scientific data supports Retinol – pure Vitamin A for reversing the signs of ageing. Vitamin A is often referred to the normalising vitamin, for its ability to convert abnormal skin back to health. Because of this incredible normalising property, this one molecular Retinol is used in the treatment of acne and the treatment of ageing.
So how does it work? Vitamin A’s role on the skin is truly remarkable; once applied, it is converted to Retinoic Acid or Tretinoin, which is the same as the prescription drug Retin A. a clever molecule that signals cells to produce more collagen. This increase in Retinoic Acid which, boosts the regenerative cycle of cells, hinders the formation of excess melanin, and balances excess sebum production in the skin; inhibiting the bacteria that leads to acne.
In fact, studies carried out at the university Michigan medical school showed that topically applied Retinol reversed the signs of photo ageing and physiological ageing such as loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles and thinning of the underlying dermis. Retinol has also been shown to stimulate collagen and Hyaluronic Acid synthesis, which keeps the skin hydrated and plump. In addition it is shown to stimulate cellular renewal and turnover.
The amount of clinical data that supports the benefit of Retinol is simply astounding, and without a doubt makes it one of the most sought after ingredients for the treatment of ageing skin, which is why it was so important for me to harness this potent ingredient both within a serum and an oil, as I have with Youth, The results are really promising, not only when treating ageing, but also for targeting acne-related issues and excessive oiliness.
Caution: In the early stages of treatment while the skin builds up a tolerance, Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness, or peeling – especially around the eyes and mouth. Because retinoids make the skin photo-sensitive and more susceptible to UV radiation, I recommend to use it at night-time.