In today’s world where everyone is very particular about their appearance, retinol is one of those must-include ingredients in your anti-aging arsenal that can truly turn back the clock. HEALTH looks at the facts behind retinol.
Q. What is retinol?
Retinol creams are derivatives of vitamin A which is the only vitamin been proven to have therapeutic effects on the skin. The use of retinol use of retinol be done under the direction of a specialized physician.
Q. Why is it used?
Retinol creams are among the most effective methods
of skin rejuvenation. Although its initial use was described for acne eruptions, it was found that retinol creams when used for a duration of three months, has a profound effect on making the skin look healthier and younger.
Q. When to use retinol?
Retinol is ideal for anyone above age 30 to improve the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation. However, as visible signs of aging and sun damage start to surface, incorporating retinol earlier helps strengthen the skin at a deeper level.
Q. What does it do?
It works by increasing and regenerating collagen and the deeper layers of the skin as well as increasing the number of elastin fibers. It also helps to reduce blemishes and impurities and provides a thicker, younger, and more radiant appearance to our skin.
Q. What to expect?
It is very normal to experience redness, itchiness, and some skin irritation during the first few days or weeks of the therapy. During that period, it is extremely essential to avoid direct exposure to the sun and to always use
a sunblock when heading outdoors. It
is also very important to keep the skin moisturized to avoid excessive dryness.
(Credit: Dr. Maher Al Ahdab, consultant plastic surgeon)