“Retinol” is one of those words that we hear bandied about in adverts for beauty products almost every day, with many claiming it to be a wonder-ingredient. But what is retinol and why do we need it? Well, the long and short of it is pretty simple; it’s the animal form of vitamin A which is found in humans and performs a whole bunch of functions from aiding the immune system to reducing wrinkles to helping us to see in the dark! Here, we take a look at five of our best retinol-containing products and what they can do for you.
This little potion is so powerful that it actually comes with a separate tube of “buffer cream” to allow you to dilute the formula for the first few days of use, to allow your skin to get used to such a potent product! It’s incredibly intense and fights against wrinkles, the signs of aging and fine lines, as well as reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and improving the firmness of the skin. This is not a product for the faint-hearted!
It may look like a bar of soap but the Dermalogica Clean Bar is actually totally soap-free and gets your skin squeaky clean without stripping away vital moisture. It can be used by all skin types but is a favourite of our male customers because lactic acid, oat kernel flower and retinol are all gentle exfoliants that ensure a smooth surface and a closer shave.
This powerful exfoliant feels like a little tube of magic when you apply it to the skin as it instantly heats up to dramatically enhance its own exfoliating power. It gently polishes off dulling skin cells to reveal smoother, fresher skin immediately and contains retinol to stimulate cell turnover and cell renewal.
This product is developed specifically for drier or prematurely aging skin and contains a blend of hydroxy acids and natural humectants for increased cell renewal and more supple, healthier-looking skin. Retinol is used to reverse the signs of photoaging, which is a really fancy way of saying sun damage!
Our eyes can be one of the first places to give away our age if we don’t take care of the delicate skin in this area. Dermalogica UltraSmoothing Eye Serum is designed to target the signs of aging around the eyes using powerful ingredients, without irritating the area, as it can often be sensitive. Carrot root extract is used as it’s a great source of vitamin A which is super gentle, allowing it to be turned into retinol once absorbed into the skin. Clever, huh?!