Why Retinol?

We had a great time on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) last week, and we are thrilled to have had such a great response to the Beauty Bioscience line!  One of our customer favorites has always been our RetinoSyn-45 Treatment System, which was evident in the HSN shows last week.  Maybe you recently purchased our RetinoSyn-45 System or you are thinking about purchasing this kit and you are wondering what the big deal is about Retinol.  Why is Retinol such a popular active ingredient in beauty products and how did it get there in the first place?

Retinol is essentially Vitamin A, and Vitamin A is one of the best vitamins for your skin.  While many people may think that retinol is a relatively new ingredient in skin care products, it has actually been around for over eighty years.  Swiss chemist, Paul Kerrer, was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the 1930’s for his work in synthesizing retinol.  However, due to its unstable nature – retinol is very sensitive to light and oxygen – retinol was metabolized into a more stable form called retinoic acid in the 1960’s.  Many people may recall one of the more popular brands of retinoic acid, an acne treatment called Retin-A.  While the retinoic acid products gained widespread use due to their effectiveness in reducing fine lines and hyperpigmentation, there were drawbacks.  Retinoic acid is not very delicate and can easily produce dry, irritated skin.

In attempt to alleviate these drawbacks, researchers began to revisit the gentler form of Vitamin A, retinol.  While the topical use of retinol isn’t completely devoid of irritating side effects, it is much milder than retinoic acid.  And thanks to recent advancements in the ability to microencapsulate retinol molecules, the issue of retinol’s oxygen and light sensitivity can be addressed.  Currently, retinol is the industry standard when using Vitamin A as an anti-aging ingredient in skin care products.

Unfortunately, not all retinol containing skin care products are created equally.  Some products do not contain a properly stabilized form of retinol, which means that the retinol in the product degenerated in the container before you were even able to apply it to your skin.  Another issue with some retinol products is the amount of retinol that the product is introducing to your skin is either to low to be effectual or too high and causing negative side effects.

Thankfully, Beauty Bioscience’s RetinoSyn-45 addresses both of these issues.  Not only does RetinoSyn-45 contain a properly stabilized and effective form of retinol, but it also delivers retinol to your skin in a revolutionary titration therapy system that is designed to avoid the negative side effects topical retinol can produce. RetinoSyn-45 is packaged in a simple to use three-phase system in which the concentration of key ingredients in increased in each phase.  This allows your skin to gradually adjust to the active ingredients and process them in higher concentrations.  By allowing your skin to adjust through this titration therapy, the end result is ultimate anti-aging benefit.  If you would like to learn more about Beauty Bioscience’s RetinoSyn-45 or purchase this remarkable system for yourself, click over to the Shop Now section of our website where you can find RetinoSyn-45 and our entire line of products.

Sources:    “Return to Retinol” by Cristina Mueller, Vogue Daily, March 26, 2012

Article Roundup

As our regular readers know, we like to share various skin care related articles we come across that we feel may be useful to fellow beauty enthusiasts.  Below we are linking to a few great articles of interest:

The Glossy

Cosmetics and beauty product heaven, Sephora, puts out an excellent newsletter called The Glossy.  In a recent edition, Sephora wrote an article about one of our favorite subjects: retinol!  Below is an excerpt from the article.

You may have noticed that retinol has been getting buzz, but it’s not a hot new ingredient. For years, the purest known form of vitamin A has taken a backseat due to its reputation for being a bit harsh on skin. The sensitivity to light meant it had to be applied at night (unless you drew the curtains and took a sick day), and with some of the old guard of formulas, the extra-speedy cell turnover created the shiny, telltale “retinol face.” But thanks to a few new developments, it’s stepping back into the beauty spotlight as a skin-friendly solution for combatting pretty much every skin woe.

RETINOL CHECKLIST

  • Gently but deeply exfoliates the skin for a radiant glow.
  • Diminishes the appearance of pores.
  • Minimizes the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Evens out skin tones and texture.
  • Visibly reduces the appearance of blemishes.

Before you get overexcited, be warned you should limit your retinol intake. Your skin needs to adjust and go through what the experts call “retinization”—so stick to one face product and try an eye product for extra credit.

Solving Tough Skin Care Problems

The Hive, a health media website, recently published an article that discussed various skin ailments and what can be done to address these issues.  Glycerin as a skin care ingredient is one of the main focuses of this article.  Here is a little snippet, but you can click on the link above to read the article in its entirety.

If you are a human being—and you have skin—sooner or later you will need to treat a skin condition. Be it scaling and dryness, sunburn, eczema, age spots, itching, rashes, or any of a myriad other ailments–we all experience times when something is needed to comfort or heal the primary barrier between the world and ourselves … skin.

Retinol as Acne Treatment

The last article we are sharing today discusses the use of retinol as an acne treatment.  People from all ages suffer from acne and it is probably one of the most annoying and most discussed skin issues out there.  We have talked about the anti-aging benefits of retinol at length on our blog, but you should take a look at this article to read about how retinol can be beneficial to acne prone skin as well.  According to this article, “The use of Retinol speeds up the process of shedding dead skin cells from the outer layers of skin, keeping them from becoming infected and causing blemishes. This ingredient also promotes the growth of new skin cells and stimulates their functioning, leaving skin looking more healthy and pure.”

Product Spotlight: RetinoSyn-DM Plus Serum

Those of you who have recently completed the Beauty Bioscience RetinoSyn-45 treatment might be wondering what your next step is in maintaining your beautiful new youthful looking skin.  The product we are featuring in our product spotlight series today will answer that exact question.  For those of you who finished up your RetinoSyn-45 series, your next step is our RetinoSyn-DM Plus Serum.

The RetinoSyn-DM Plus Serum plays a critical role in Titration Therapy.  After using RetinoSyn-45 you have helped turn on cellular functions that begin to turn off as you age. Your skin will continue to improve for a period of time even after your treatment as you have ignited your skin’s own “engines” to help them perform at an increased capacity.  The DM Plus Serum maximizes the activity occurring in your skin after a RtinoSyn-45 treatment to not only maintain your results but continue to improve the appearance of your skin.  Without using the DM Pus Serum, your skin will eventually go back to it’s previous state and will not be able to achieve its maximum potential during your future RetinoSyn treatments.  Daily use of Beauty Bioscience’s DM Plus ensures lasting dramatic results and should be used each evening in between twice yearly RetinoSyn-45 treatments.

Vitamin A is most effective when given in larger, staged doses or using a lower concentration and delivered daily. The Daily Maintenance serum provides a small daily dose of the powerful active to help maintain and even improve results from RetinoSyn-45 treatment kit.

Just as muscle strength must be increased and maintained through regular exercise, your skin must receive continuous nourishment and stimulation to maintain and improve its appearance.  After boosting with RetinoSyn-45, your skin is prepared to accept the highly active ingredients contained in the DM Plus Serum and regular usage will maintain and improve the results achieved through RetionSyn-45.  The DM Plus Serum contains our proprietary LPA Complex ™ to help dramatically improve skin tone evenness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

To use the Beauty Bioscience RetinoSyn DM Plus Serum, apply a pea-sized amount of serum evenly to face each night avoiding direct contact with eyes. Product can be used around the eye and lip areas and may also be used underneath our Ultimate Moisturizing Cream. Recommended for use in between boosts with RetinoSyn-45 kits. Best results are achieved using once a day in the evening.

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Beauty Bioscience on Gilt Next Week!

We are excited to announce that Beauty Bioscience will be on Gilt next week, beginning Tuesday January 22!  Gilt is a members only shopping website that provides insider access to top designer labels at up to 60% off retail prices.  If you have not set up account with Gilt, now is a great time to head on over to www.Gilt.com to create your membership so you will be ready for the Beauty Bioscience offering.  Two fabulous Beauty Bioscience will be offered on Gilt this coming Tuesday, our RetinoSyn-45 Introductory System and our Contouring Neck and Decollete Cream Titration Therapy System.

The RetinoSyn-45 Introductory System is a great way to give the Beauty Bioscience line a try.  This kit includes a full size (2 oz.) RetinoSyn-45 System plus introductory sizes of Beauty Bioscience’s Balancing Cleanser, Ultimate Moisturizing Cream, and 4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30.  This kit offers many wonderful benefits to your skin, which we have broken down by product below.

RetinoSyn-45 Regeneration Complex Phase and GFS Serum

  • Optimizes the epidural layers of the skin
  • Assists with your natural cell turnover
  • Helps plump wrinkles
  • Titration therapy mitigates the traditional side effects associated with highly active Vitamin A products
  • Concentration of ingredients increases from Phase 1 to Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Proprietary mixture of Vitamin A and peptides
  • Formulated to address many major aspects of aging including wrinkles, uneven skin tone, pores and skin spots

Balancing Cleanser

  • Light, non-abrasive gel cleanser specially formulated with very mild surfactants
  • Tough enough to remove heavy makeup
  • Ideal solution for skin with continually changing needs
  • Formulated to be used with RetinoSyn-45
  • pH is balanced to complement the skin’s pH
  • Contains antioxidants to help fight environmental aggressors

Ultimate Moisturizing Cream

  • Designed for use with RetinoSyn-45 to hydrate skin
  • Minimizes transdermal water loss
  • Contains lipopeptides and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • Contains a non-acid form of Vitamin C that provides the same benefits of Vitamin C
  • Does not contain cortisone or hydrocortisone
  • Rich texture with lasting hydration
  • Soothes and moisturizes skin
  • Contains antioxidants to help fight environmental aggressors
  • Can be used morning and evening as needed

4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30

  • Protects, restores, hydrates and smoothes
  • Formulated as the perfect daytime companion to RetinoSyn-45
  • SPF 30 provides lasting protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide system provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Contains key agents to help improve skin’s appearance over time with continued use
  • Tinted formula provides an instant smoothing effect
  • Helps skin tone appear more even
  • Contains unique silicone elastomer for silky application
  • Doesn’t leave a white residue
  • Aqueous-free and ion-free formulation

The Contouring Neck and Decollete Cream Titration Therapy System is another great product you won’t want to miss on Gilt.  This two-phase system uses titration therapy to help make the skin under your chin look younger and smoother. Key ingredients change and increase from Phase 1 to Phase 2 to deliver the most powerful ingredients to your neckline. The Contouring Neck and Decollete Cream Titration Therapy System delivers carefully formulated levels of key ingredients to help smooth lines, firm sagging skin and rejuvenate the appearance of the neck and décolleté areas.

Don’t forget to stop by Gilt this Tuesday and pick up one of these great Beauty Bioscience deals!

RetinoSyn-45 FAQs, Some Final Thoughts

Last week we shared two articles detailing the answers to some frequently asked questions around our RetinoSyn-45 product.  Take a look at our articles, RetinoSyn-45 FAQs and More RetinoSyn-45 FAQs, if you would like to catch up.  Today we are going to wrap up our FAQ series with some questions related to Beauty Bioscience products that compliment the RetinoSyn-45 system and some final thoughts on RetinoSyn-45.

Q: Do I have to use the Beauty Bioscience Ultimate Moisturizing Cream, Daily Maintenance Serum (RetinoSyn-DM) and Balancing Cleanser while using RetinoSyn-45?

A: The Beauty Bioscience Ultimate Moisturizing Cream, Balancing Cleanser and 4-in-1Tinted SPF 30 are specifically designed to work with RetinoSyn-45 to keep the skin protected, enhanced and hydrated. However, you do not have to use Beauty Bioscience skin care while undergoing the RetinoSyn-45 beauty treatment. But, we recommend that you use caution when using other skin care products during the application process. These other products may contain ingredients that can over-stimulate the skin. Before using any other beauty products during treatment, make sure that they DO NOT contain any types of acids (alpha hydroxy, vitamin C, salicylic, etc), peroxides, retinols, etc.

Q: Is the Beauty Bioscience 4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30 also a moisturizer?

A: The 4-in-1Tinted SPF 30 has multiple benefits. It will protect (with SPF coverage), perfect (contains sheer coverage for your skin and adjusts to your skin tone throughout the year), prime (contains a silky primer for beautiful make-up application) and preserve (help maintain skin’s natural hydration levels).

The 4-in-1Tinted SPF 30 can also be used as a hydrator for oilier skin types. But, if your skin is normal/combination to dry, we recommend that you use a moisturizer before applying. The 4-in-1Tinted SPF 30 is not a moisturizer, but will offer you protection from UVA and UVB rays. It can be worn by itself, on top of your moisturizer and/or underneath your makeup.

Q: How and when do I use the Beauty Bioscience DM Plus Serum?

A: The DM Plus Serum is devised to help maintain and enhance the results achieved by using RetinoSyn-45. It is a lightweight serum that absorbs quickly and helps to reduce fine lines, create even skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores. DM Plus should be used once daily at night while your skin is restoring. Do not use while undergoing your RetinoSyn-45 treatment.

Q: I feel like my RetinoSyn-45 pump isn’t working, how do I get the product out?

A: The pumps for your RetinoSyn-45 beauty treatment use airless technology. During shipping, the product is sometimes jostled and must be primed again before use. Simply pump the product several times. If this does not work, tap the container firmly on a solid surface to dislodge product, and then pump several times to evacuate product. The pump may need to be re-primed occasionally during use, particularly if the product has not been pumped over a period of time.

Q: Can I have microdermabrasion while using RetinoSyn-45?

A: Please avoid any skin care/beauty treatments while using RetinoSyn-45. Combining with other beauty products or applications during use may over-stimulate the skin. Once you have completed the 45-day application, you may go back to your normal beauty regimen.

Q: I love the results from RetinoSyn-45! Can I use it for more than 45 days?

A: RetinoSyn-45 is designed as a 45-day treatment and prolonging the treatment could cause skin sensitivity.   Your skin needs a break from the retinol after the 45-day period and this system is intended to be used every six moths or twice a year.

Q: How long does the product last once opened and can I use leftover product for my next boost?

A: RetinoSyn-45 may be used for 12 months after opening.  If you have leftover product, you may use it when it is time for your next RetinoSyn-45 treatment (again, this treatment is designed to be used twice a year, every six months), but you will probably not have enough product leftover for a full 45-day treatment.

More RetinoSyn-45 FAQs

In our last post, we shared some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to our award winning RetinoSyn-45 skin treatment therapy.  We hope you found our last post useful and we are continuing our RetinoSyn-45 FAQ series today with a few more common questions about this great product.

Q: Can RetinoSyn-45 be used on the neck, décolleté and/or hands?

A: RetinoSyn-45 is formulated only for use on the face. The composition of the skin is different on the face than it is on the neck, décolleté and hands, which require different delivery systems and levels of ingredients.

If you are looking for a product specifically formulated for your neck and décolleté area, we suggest our Contouring Neck and Décolleté Cream Titration Therapy System followed by our Daily Contouring Neck and Décolleté Cream.

Q: I have some dryness when using RetinoSyn-45. Is this normal?

A: For women with sensitive skin, it is normal to experience some dryness during your RetinoSyn-45 applications. The use of Titration Therapy mitigates the traditional side effects associated with highly active Vitamin A products by gradually increasing levels of this ingredient. Your skin may look worse before it looks better, but don’t worry, you are still receiving all the benefits of RetinoSyn-45.

If you are experiencing dryness, instead of using whichever Phase of RetinoSyn-45 you are currently using EVERY night, switch to using your beauty treatment every OTHER night, and continue every other night through the remainder of beauty treatment. If you are experiencing extreme dryness, you may use the beauty treatment once every TWO nights. You will still receive all the benefits of the product — even if you take longer than 45 days to complete the treatment.

For a very small number of women, Phase 3 might be too much for skin on the first RetinoSyn-45 boost. Listen to your skin and, if you experience extreme dryness, you can stop your beauty treatment during Phase 2 (without moving to Phase 3) and still experience beautiful benefits.

Q: My skin is feeling dry now that I have started Phase 2. What should I do?

A: The concentration of ingredients increases for each Phase. If your skin feels dry during Phase 2, we recommend that you begin using the product every other night as stated in the directions. On the “off” night, be sure to use nothing but a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and SPF during the day. It is okay if you are unable to continue beyond Phase 2. For a very small number of women, Phase 3 might be too much for your skin on your first RetinoSyn-45 boost. Listen to your skin and, if you experience extreme dryness, you can finish your beauty treatment during Phase 2 (without moving to Phase 3) and still experience beautiful benefits.

Q: Can I use RetinoSyn-45 in the morning and evening?

A: RetinoSyn-45 is designed to be used once daily at night. RetinoSyn-45 is specifically formulated to take advantage of the time you are sleeping, when your body is resting and restoring. The RetinoSyn-45 applications are measured exactly for the 45-day beauty treatment. Using them more than once per day would not leave you enough product for the full 6 weeks and could over-stimulate the skin.

Visit us again next week for our final post in our RetinoSyn-45 FAQs series.  And don’t forget to share your email address with us so you can get the inside scoop on events and special offers with Beauty Bioscience.  Just scroll to the bottom of the Beauty Bioscience home page, enter your email address, and click submit!

More Beauty Bioscience News

Beauty Bioscience had a great opening day on HSN, and we hope you were able to catch one of our shows yesterday!  As we stated on Monday, we will have one last show today as part of HSN’s Today Show.  This show will air on January 02, 2013 from 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM CST and our founder, Jamie O’Banion, will be talking about Beauty Bioscience products with hosts Helen Keaney and Kathy Wolf.

We previously mentioned that a great way to introduce yourself to the Beauty Bioscience line is by trying our RetinoSyn-45 Collection that will be offered on our HSN shows.  This kit contains our RetinoSyn-45 system along with introductory sizes of our Balancing Cleanser, Ultimate Moisturizer, and 4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30.

Another great product to try is our Neck & Décolleté Creams.  We offer a Neck & Décolleté Contouring Cream – 2-Phase System, which uses titration therapy to help make the skin under your chin look younger and smoother. Key ingredients change and increase from Phase 1 to Phase 2 to deliver the most powerful ingredients to your neckline.

We also have a Daily Neck & Décolleté Cream that can be used after you’ve completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Neck & Décolleté Cream Titration Therapy System.  The Daily Neck & Décolleté Cream can be used to help maintain results. It helps smooth, firm and restore the look of your skin.  We hope you can watch us on HSN tomorrow and try one of these great products!

We are also thrilled to be wrapping up our week with HSN with an appearance on The Beauty Report with Amy Morrison!  On her show, The Beauty Report, beauty expert Amy Morrison gives you the scoop on all things beautiful.  This is a great show to watch if you love to keep up with beauty trends as well as great beauty tips and tricks! Amy Morrison shares beauty innovations and goof-proof advice as well as celebrity secrets and hair how-tos to give her viewers that secret edge for head to toe gorgeousness.  The Beauty Report has a huge following and if you have ever seen the show, you understand why! Catch Beauty Bioscience on The Beauty Report this Thursday, January 03, at 7:00 PM CST.

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Beauty Bioscience on HSN Tomorrow!

We have some exciting news here at Beauty Bioscience. Many of our fans and supporters have been asking when Beauty Bioscience will be appearing on the Home Shopping Network again, and we finally have an answer!

Tomorrow, our founder, Jamie O’Banion, will be appearing on HSN in three separate segments throughout the day.  The schedule for the Beauty Bioscience appearances is as follows:

1:00 AM– 2:00AM CST, hosted by Michelle Sorro,

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST, hosted by Bobbi Ray Carter, and

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST, hosted by Lynn Murphy.

Beauty Bioscience will also have an additional show on HSN that will air the following day, January 02, 2013 from 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM CST, hosted by Helen Keaney and Kathy Wolf. This segment is part of the Home Shopping Network’s HSN Today show.

If you will not be near a television at one of these times, you can watch any of these shows on HSN live online at the following link: http://www.hsn.com/watch-hsn-live_xh.aspx?cm_sp=Global*BN*WatchHSN .

Each HSN show will feature a different Beauty Bioscience product, but all of our wonderful products will be available to purchase.  If you are new to the Beauty Bioscience line, this is a great opportunity to give Beauty Bioscience products a try with our introductory kit offered through HSN called the RetinoSyn-45 Collection.

The RetinoSyn-45 Collection is a great way to try several products from the Beauty Bioscience line because it combines our award winning RetinoSyn-45 system with introductory sizes of our 4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30, Balancing Cleanser, and Ultimate Moisturizing Cream, all at a price that can’t be beat.

The RetinoSyn-45 Collection Features:

RetinoSyn-45 Regeneration Complex Phase and GFS Serum

  • Optimizes the epidural layers of the skin
  • Assists with your natural cell turnover
  • Helps plump wrinkles
  • Titration therapy mitigates the traditional side effects associated with highly active Vitamin A products
  • Concentration of ingredients increases from Phase 1 to Phase 2 to Phase 3
  • Proprietary mixture of Vitamin A and peptides
  • Formulated to address many major aspects of aging including wrinkles, uneven skin tone, pores and skin spots

4-in-1 Tinted SPF 30

  • Protects, restores, hydrates
  • Formulated as the perfect daytime companion to RetinoSyn-45
  • SPF 30 provides lasting protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide system provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Contains key agents to help improve skin’s appearance over time with continued use
  • Tinted formula provides an instant smoothing effect
  • Helps skin tone appear more even
  • Contains unique silicone elastomer for silky application
  • Doesn’t leave a white residue
  • Aqueous-free and ion-free formulation

Balancing Cleanser

  • Light, non-abrasive gel cleanser specially formulated with very mild surfactants
  • Tough enough to remove heavy makeup
  • Ideal solution for skin with continually changing needs
  • Formulated to be used with RetinoSyn-45
  • pH is balanced to complement the skin’s pH
  • Contains antioxidants to help fight environmental aggressors

Ultimate Moisturizing Cream

  • Designed for use with RetinoSyn-45 to hydrate skin
  • Minimizes transdermal water loss
  • Contains lipopeptides and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • Contains a non-acid form of Vitamin C that provides the same benefits of Vitamin C
  • Does not contain cortisone or hydrocortisone
  • Rich texture with lasting hydration
  • Soothes and moisturizes skin
  • Contains antioxidants to help fight environmental aggressors
  • Can be used morning and evening as needed

If you are thinking about making a positive change in your appearance with the New Year, the RetinoSyn-45 Collection offers the perfect opportunity.  So join us on HSN tomorrow, and have a beautiful New Year!

Retinol Roundup

Here at Beauty Bioscience, we like to keep up with the latest news and research surrounding beauty and skin care.  One of our favorite topics to monitor is retinol.  We also like to keep our readers informed on the subjects that are important to us, so today we are sharing several interesting articles about retinol.

Retinol, The Anti-Aging Ingredient, (Still) Fights Wrinkles Better Than Anything Else

This article was published a few weeks ago in the Style section of Huffington Post.  Simone Kitchens’s article gives a little background information about retinol and its benefits and also includes a FAQ style discussion with several skin care experts.  Kitchens’s article concludes with a gallery of skin care products that contain retinol.  This is a great article for anyone who is new to using retinol as part of a skin care regime and would like some basic information about this ingredient.  Below is a snippet from this article:

There are literally thousands upon thousands of creams and serums out there that all promise to turn back the clock and other wishful claims, but at this point there’s only one super ingredient that really delivers on such promises. That would be retinoids, friends. (Both over-the-counter retinol and its prescription counterpart Retin-A both fall under this category.) While it was initially used to get rid of acne, blackheads and dead cell buildup in pores, retinol was also found to have incredibly effective anti-aging properties.

The Secret to Perfect Skin: Retinol

The editors at New Beauty shared this great retinol article in late October.  This article discusses the differences between over the counter, medical grade, and prescription strength retinol products.  This is a great article for anyone who is interested in using a retinol product but is wondering where to begin.  This article explains who is best suited for each type of product and gives a succinct description of each category.  Read the introduction to this article and then click on the link above for the answers:

Among the multitude of anti-aging skin-care products on the market, one ingredient stands out: retinol. And it’s no surprise why. Dermatologists, plastic surgeons and aestheticians alike agree that this miracle ingredient (and its derivatives) has the power to make skin look younger, smoother and simply better. But with all the skin-boosting benefits of retinol, how do you know which type— be it a drugstore brand or a prescription-strength product—is right for you?

Is Drugstore Retinol Even Worth It?

Gina Way of NYMag.com gives a objective explanation of the differences in retinol containing skin care products that can be purchased at a drug store in comparison to retinol products purchased through a higher end skin care line or dermatologist.  This brief article is perfect for anyone wondering what to expect from her retinol options.

Check back with us again soon as we will be sharing more great beauty and skin care articles as we discover them.  Have you recently read a great article about retinol? Feel free to share a link with us in a comment!

Why Choose A Skin Care Product with Retinol?

Last week on our blog, we shared an article about the history of retinol and how it came to be a popular ingredient in skin care products.  Now that you know how it got there, today we are going to tell you why it is there.  Why is retinol such a prevalent ingredient in skin care products and what can it do for your skin?  Read on to find out.

Retinol Encourages Younger Looking Skin

Everyone would love to have more youthful looking skin, and this is probably the top reason you should look for skin care products containing retinol. One great thing about retinol is it actively assists your skin in the cell turnover process.  This means that skin will look and feel more youthful due to the increase new skin cells replacing naturally lost older skin cells.  With this increase in new skin cells, your skin will look and feel smoother and more radiant. If younger looking skin is your goal, adding a retinol product to your skin care routine is a great place to start.

Retinol is Supported by Research

Many beauty products make claims about what they can do for your appearance, especially those products in the anti-aging category.  Unfortunately, not all of these products can back up their claims.  Retinol has become a popular ingredient in skin care products because it is one ingredient whose effectiveness is backed by scientific research. Skin care studies have shown that the use of retinol can produce statistically significant improvements to fine lines, skin texture, and other signs of aging.  For example, a study sponsored by the University of Michigan in 2006 titled “Topical Vitamin A Versus Vehicle Cream in the Treatment of Aged Skin” found that retinol is effective at treating deteriorating skin in older study participants.  A 2007 study in The Archives of Dermatology concluded that study participants experienced dramatic improvements in the look and feel of their skin after using a topical retinol-containing product for 24 weeks.  This same study also found that retinol reduces fine winkles, improves appearance and helps skin withstand injury.

Retinol Can Reduce Acne

As we mentioned in our article about the history of retinol last week, a popular anti-acne medication from the ‘70s and ‘80s helped to pave the way for retinol being included in so many skin care products today.  However this acne medication, most widely known as Retin-A, did not contain retinol but rather a derivative of retinol called retinoic acid.  Retinoic acid was used in these acne treatments decades ago because it was less sensitive to light and oxygen than retinol (and therefore easier and less expensive to formulate) but it was also much harsher on the skin.  Thankfully, today scientists have found ways to use the gentler retinol in skin care products so we can reap the anti-aging and anti-acne benefits of retinol with fewer irritating side effects.

In 2006, the New York Times reported that there were over 300 retinol-containing cosmetics on the market.  And as you can see, it is easy to understand why.  Retinol containing skin care products have been scientifically proven to promote a healthier looking complexion by diminishing fine lines, smoothing skin texture, and reducing acne.  If healthier and more youthful looking skin is your goal, choose a skin care product containing retinol.