We’re going to tackle a few retinol myths and help you sort out what’s fact…and what’s fiction!
RETINOL IS USED BY DERMATOLOGISTS.
True: Dermatologists first used Retinoic Acid (the acid version of Vitamin A) to treat acne. After noticing how smooth and younger the skin looked, retinol became beauty history. Numerous scientific studies later, dermatologists now also prescribe retinol to combat signs of ageing.
RETINOL IS STABLE.
False: Retinol is a highly unstable molecule, easily affected by light, oxygen and heat. Creams containing retinol have to be carefully formulated, with packaging that helps to protect from light exposure.
RETINOL ONLY WORKS ON THE SKIN’S SURFACE.
False: Retinol works in both the upper and lower layers of the skin. Cell renewal, and collagen production are stimulated. Retinol also has a positive impact on melanocytes—the cells that cause pigmentation.
RETINOL IS A VITAMIN.
True: Retinol, or Vitamin A, is naturally found in tuna, liver, butter, eggs and dairy products. Its precursor molecule, Pro-Vitamin A, is found in vegetables and fruits like carrots, spinach and apricots. This vitamin plays an important role in keeping our skin, eyes and bones healthy. Pro-Vitamin A also helps to hydrate skin.
Now that you know what happens when you start using retinol, it’s time to add some Revitalift products to your skin care routine! For further helpful articles, check out our comprehensive guide to serums.