Retinol Night Cream Image Bloz SizeSo you’ve probably heard the buzz about retinol being one of the top skin care products for anti-aging. If not, I’m quite surprised. Everyone from dermatologists to Dr. Oz to Oprah have sung its praises.

But if you’re anything like me, you would like to know how it works before you rush out and spend your hard earned money on what may be just another skin care fad claiming miracle results.

The truth is, retinol has been around since the early 1970’s, remember Retin-A? Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which is essential to your skin. It turns to retinoic acid when it is applied to your skin and works on a molecular level to repair your skin.

But before we discuss how retinol works, we must first address the issue of what happens to our skin as we age and why we need a good retinol night cream.

What Happens To Our Skin As We Age

As you age, your skin cells fail to regenerate as they did in your glory days of youth.

As this occurs, your skin becomes dull, dry and rough. Another undesired consequence of aging is that your skin stops producing collagen as it did in your younger days, causing it to lose firmness, elasticity and ultimately, the dreaded appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If all of this wasn’t enough, your skin then starts losing its ability to hold hydration, adding yet another unwanted element of aging.

Environmental conditions also contribute to the aging process. Free radicals that are generated by air pollution, uv radiation from sun exposure, smoking and other elements wreak havoc on your skin by damaging our skin’s precious molecules.

How Retinol Works As An Anti-Aging Treatment

There have been many clinical trials on retinol from some big names such as Johnson & Johnson to name just one that have proved that it is an effective solution for anti-aging.

When applied to the skin, retinol stimulates your skin to regenerate, causing dead skin to slough off. This process improves your skin’s surface texture and brightens your complexion. As the regeneration process continues over time, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage and dark spots begin to fade as new skin cells surface and replace the old ones.

Retinol also prompts your skin to start producing collagen, by stimulating fibroblasts. This collagen boost creates tighter, firmer skin, eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.

By generating new skin cells and boosting collagen, your skin can retain moisture and allow you to maintain your new youthful looking complexion.

The 5 Things You Must Know Before Using Retinol

So now you know why retinol is so highly praised and you’re probably ready to stop reading this so you can grab a bottle now and get started. Before you do, there are 5 important things you need to know before getting started.

  1. Retinol is not an overnight miracle product. It took years for your skin to age and it won’t be repaired overnight. The regeneration process takes time to work so don’t jump ship if you don’t see noticeable results right away. Depending on your skin’s condition, it can take a few months to reverse those signs of aging so be patient and remember, it works.

  2. When you first start using a high quality retinol cream, your skin may get irritated and result in some red patches. Don’t panic, this is normal as your skin is exfoliating and sloughing off dead cells. If the redness persists beyond a week or two, you may need to discontinue use or see your dermatologist.

  3. It is highly recommended for use as a night cream before you go to bed. Retinoids actually degrade from sun exposure so if you apply it during the day and are exposed to sunlight, you are actually negating the benefits. In addition, your newly exfoliated skin will be quite vulnerable to sun exposure and extreme irritation and redness can occur. If you must apply it during the day and will be exposed to the sun, be sure to apply a sunscreen with an spf of at least 30.

  4. Retinol is something that needs to be part of your regular skin care routine. You can’t abandon it after you have achieved results or your skin will go back to its old habits and the signs of aging will eventually return. You will need to add retinol cream to your monthly budget as a lifelong commitment, if you want to keep your new look. However, you can reduce the frequency of use from daily to perhaps 3 times per week after you have achieved your desired results.

  5.  When you’re ready to buy, pay attention to the retinol percentages as they vary per product. At the time of this post, a strength of 2.5% was the strongest percentage available without a prescription and is the most effective over the counter solution. The norm was traditionally 1% and many retinol creams still offer the lower strength version. Also pay attention to container sizes. What may seem like a great deal could be a small ½ or 1 oz size. And be wary of bargain basement retinol creams.

Warning: Shameless plug coming. Of course, we would love for you to try our retinol night cream, which not only is a 2.5% strength, but also comes in a large 1.7 oz container, which is airless and much more sanitary than a typical jar type cream. With 97% natural and 71% organic ingredients, it is devoid of the many synthetic materials and fillers found in many retinol creams. Ok, we’ll stop now.

No matter what product you choose, if your skin shows signs of aging, it is essential to initiate a good skin care regiment that includes a high quality retinol cream.