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Is Retinol Right for Me?

They don’t call it one of the gold standards of anti-aging skin care for nothing. Retinol has proven its value to skin in decades and decades of research. In fact, it’s one of the most well-studied skin-care ingredients on the market, and a favorite of dermatologists for its distinct ability to rejuvenate the skin in so many glorious ways.

So What Is Retinol—and How Can It Change Your Skin for the Better?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that is found in many anti-aging skincare products. It is often considered a “Holy Grail” ingredient for it’s ability to connect to almost any skin cell and tell it to behave like a healthy, younger skin cell. Retinol is like a super-cranked-up energy drink for your skin. This mighty form of Vitamin A speeds up cell turnover, so dull, dead skin cells move along in their journey off your face that much more quickly, revealing the younger, smoother, more radiant cells that were hiding underneath. Not only does this kind of rapid exfoliation result in an overall brighter complexion, it helps your skin burn through some of the damage you’ve accumulated from, say, incidental sun exposure and free-radical attacks. And that’s where you really start to see the benefits of regularly slathering on a Retinol serum. With weeks and months of nightly application, lines and wrinkles become less apparent and dark spots and pigmentation become, well, much more difficult to spot.

Retinol Gets a Boost from Other Active Ingredients

As one of the star ingredients in Perricone MD’s High Potency Classics Firming Evening Repair, Retinol teams up with fellow anti-aging juggernauts DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Tyrosine to create powerful results. Not only do lines and wrinkles appear less noticeable with this potent Retinol serum, the skin’s tone looks dramatically more even, its texture feels and looks softer and smoother, and other pesky signs of ageing are sent packing as well.

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DMAE is widely recognised as an excellent firming agent, helping to hoist up sagging skin and plump the cells so you regain that beautiful buoyancy of youth. And, because DMAE produces immediate results, it gives that hyper-perky cheerleader of an ingredient, Retinol, time to get your cells moving as quickly as a teenager’s again. (It typically takes four to eight weeks for Retinol to start realising its full potential.) Alpha Lipoic Acid is a potent antioxidant, valued for how easily your skin slurps it up, where it not only protects against free-radical damage but also works to makes fine lines and wrinkles less apparent. Along with Tyrosine, an essential amino acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid evens helps reduce the appearance of pore size!

In clinical studies of our High Potency Classics Firming Evening Repair, 86 percent of participants reported that their skin felt firmer and that their fine lines looked smaller and less noticeable; 91 percent saw improved skin texture and said that their skin felt more supple; and 94 percent reported that their skin felt smoother and softer.

Who is Retinol Best For?

Retinol is widely recommended to all age groups. It doesn’t discriminate by age, meaning you can start reaping the benefits starting in your 20’s and lasting through the rest of your life. According to top dermatologists, there are actually very few people the pros don’t always recommend Retinol to (namely, pregnant women; if you are pregnant, speak with a doctor before using a Retinol serum).

Not only do they recommend Retinol widely to all age groups, you’d be hard-pressed to find a dermatologist who doesn’t insist that it’s a part of your skin-care regimen because of how dramatically it can improve the tone and texture of your complexion. Retinol is truly a power ingredient, working to optimise your skin cells’ natural regenerative processes—that’s why Retinol serums should always be applied in the evening, when your skin is in its most highly restorative state. (Always follow up the next morning with SPF, by the way, as Retinol does make your skin more sensitive to UV rays thanks to its amazing ability to exfoliate.) And, unlike many skin-care ingredients, Retinol doesn’t discriminate by age, meaning that you don’t have to be over putting candles on your birthday cake to start using it. Indeed, even those in their 20s can benefit from the brightening effects of regularly using a Retinol serum.

What You Should Know About Applying Retinol

Retinol serums can cause irritation—minor redness and burning. So dermatologists recommend that those with sensitive skin ease into using Retinol, applying the product every other day to every three or four days, to give your complexion time to adjust. Everyone can acclimate to using a Retinol serum. It just takes time (typically two to three weeks). If irritation is an issue, be especially diligent about slathering on a deeply hydrating moisturiser afterward and each morning, to help fortify your skin’s protective lipid barrier.

Sensitive Skin Alternative: If a Retinol Serum is Not Right For You

For those who don’t want to work on their relationship with Retinol, our Vitamin C Brightening Overnight Treatment offers another path to more youthful-looking skin. This ultra-hydrating cream packs in an exceptional amount of Vitamin C Ester—a form of the ingredient that’s not just very stable, but very well tolerated by even those with sensitive skin. And Vitamin C Ester is another powerhouse when it comes to smoothing out lines and wrinkles and making skin glow, as well as reducing the look of dark spots and mottling over time.

But that’s not all our Vitamin C Brightening Overnight Treatment has to offer. It contains that same DMAE as our Retinol serum to make skin look firmer, Glycolic Acid to drive dead skin cells out to pasture, and Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise intensively.

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So what are you waiting for? Lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and dullness can all be ancient history. All you have to do is amplify your anti-aging routine each night with our Retinol-enriched High Potency Classics Firming Evening Repair or our sensitive-skin alternative, Vitamin C Brightening Overnight Treatment.