• Sophie

Retinol. My Anti-ageing Hero 🖤

Retinol - Hailed as the most effective ingredient in anti-ageing and here’s why!

After the age of 30, we slow down our production of collagen and elastin—the two proteins that help our skin stay firm, plump, and toned.

To explain what retinol is and why it should be a part of your skincare routine, it’s worth understanding where it came from. The chemical name for vitamin A, scientists first discovered its skin-friendly benefits back in the ‘70s. Linking dry, irritated skin to a lack of vitamin A, vitamin A-derived molecules (AKA retinol) were used to deal with various skin problems, including acne and improving the skin's appearance and elasticity. Coupled with this and its ability to minimise the appearance of wrinkles and thinning skin, it soon became an anti-ageing hero in the ‘90s, too. It wasn’t suitable for everyone however, and caused flare-ups including rashes and inflammation for those with sensitive skin. As a result, it took a back seat to hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides.

Any skincare specialist will tell you that retinol plays an essential role in preventing cracks (AKA wrinkles) in the dermis, as well as combating signs of ageing and the harmful effects of UV rays. Simultaneously exfoliating the epidermis to brighten and balance melatonin production to even out your skin tone, as well as boosting collagen production to prevent wrinkles, it’s a skin-loving all-rounder. Until now though, it wasn’t suited to everyone.

Once shunned for its irritating properties (partly due to concentration levels that reached 0.3%), this molecule is now presented in lower doses that are gentle and easily tolerated by those with sensitive skin. The addition of other active ingredients and new slow-release treatments also allow your skin time to adjust and those that couldn't handle previous versions to enjoy its anti-ageing benefits.

Packed with anti-ageing properties and kinder to your skin, it thickens the epidermis, helps cell differentiation, regulates keratinisation, prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin and increases cutaneous vitamin A levels. In simpler terms, it evens out your skin tone and leaves your skin looking smoother, softer and more radiant.

Retinol gets to work beneath the surface, not only improving cell renewal in the epidermis, but also boosting the production of collagen fibres and glycosaminoglycans, including hyaluronic acid. It also has a positive impact on cutaneous immune cells and melanocytes, the cells that cause pigmentation. Plus, it protects the skin from enzymes that gnaw away at its fibres.

Adding Retinol to your daily skincare routine will truly pay dividends in the long run. And it can be very simple to use!

Medik8 Retinol 3TR Serum is simple to use! Just apply 3-4 drops directly onto your skin at night time!

Designed to complement skin’s nightly regenerative cycle, the serum resurfaces while you sleep to rejuvenate skin and restore radiance. Vitamin A improves skin texture, minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and balances uneven skin tone. Retinol also helps to decongest pores and regulate sebum production for a clearer looking complexion. Formulated with Time Release Technology, Retinol is delivered gradually into the deeper layers of the skin throughout the night to ensure maximum results without overwhelming or irritating skin.

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