Anti-aging - RETINOIDS
#MaySkinChallenge | day 16 | "Anti-aging" (hosted by @antiagingamber and @morethanjustskin )
Despite sounding like a "broken record", I‘ll keep saying: the best anti-aging strategy is protecting your skin from photo-damage ☀️- aka SPF, SPF, SPF everyday; but there are other anti-aging heroes --> RETINOIDS: vitamers of vitA or chemically related to it, such as tretinoin, isotretinoin, acitretin, adapalene, tazarotene, retinol, hydroxypinacolone retinoate, etc. Prescription vitA derivatives are highly effective in reversing sun damage & signs of aging; for instance, tretinoin has been shown to decrease fine lines, even skin color, improve texture, tighten pores, and stimulate blood flow and collagen production but quite a few people cannot tolerate tretinoin because it can be irritating and drying 😞This is why I've choosen (for the present moment) over-the-counter retinoids - retinol & hydroxypinacolone retinoate. While the results by consistent use of these over-te-counter retinoids may not be as dramatic as prescription-strength options, studies have shown that milder retinoids (like retinol) do encourage skin cell turnover and can deliever similar skin benefits with less undesired side-effects like dryness, irritation and peeling 🙌
My 2 current faves:
📌#paulaschoice 1% Retinol Booster - water-based booster w/ a lightweight consistency that can be used on its own or mixed with other serum/cream/oil. Great INCI list (besides the obvious 1% retinol, it contains ceramides glycerin, plant extracts, soothing agents (like licorice root-, willow bark- and oat- extracts), etc.
📌#deciem The Ordinary Advanced 2% Retinoid – gentle milky formula w/ 1.9% Hydroxypinacolone retinoate and 0.1% retinol that I love to alternate w/ the PC booster; and it's so affordable that became the perfect option for the #takeittothetits approach.
• Recently, I bought a generous sample of Medik8 3TR retinol (3€/5mL); it contains 0.3% retinol (like JSS Etoile Retinol), which makes it perfect for Summer days (when I usually decrease the retinoids use) - 0.3% is enough to work and low enough to be used daily without sensitizing the skin.
FINAL THOUGHTS: 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻