Retinol Cream

Retinol and nanoparticles; these terms sound like a chemistry lesson, but they are the basis for many face creams manufactured throughout the beauty industry today.  Retinol creams are marketed as miracle anti-aging products that will transform your skin, giving it a youthful glow almost overnight, they are marketed as unguents that will eliminate wrinkles, fine lines and tighten the skin thus giving a more youthful glow with a less lined appearance.  But what exactly are they? Do they work? And if so how?

What is Retinol?

Vitamin A is required by the body for the protection and rejuvenation of skin cells.  It was identified in the early 20th century and synthesized in 1947 by two Dutch chemists; David Adriaan van Dorp and Jozef Ferdinand Arens.  Retinol is the synthesized compound of vitamin A and is used in the beauty industry as the standard for the topical application of this essential vitamin.  Retinols have been proven to encourage the turnover of skin cells, they also help to draw water to the surface of the skin ensuring it is properly moisturized.  Since the early 1980s creams containing Retinoids, have become de rigueur in many effective night creams.  Delivery of Retinol is sometimes controlled through tiny spheres known as nanoparticles, these tiny beads of Retinol have stabilized the compound and allowed a more efficient delivery to the skin.

Does Retinol creams work?

In short, yes they do.  Over the last decade positive clinical trials have been carried out reviewing the use of Retinoids in the treatment of premature skin aging.  This clinical research has in turn led to the creation and development of Retinol based anti-aging creams.  These creams target the visible signs of ageing; fine lines, wrinkles and laxity of the skin.  It is worth noting that the majority of over the counter beauty products containing Retinol also has other active ingredients which assist in the process.  The topical application of Retinol is thought to be more effective, efficient and stable when it is delivered through a nanoparticle gel format rather than a conventional emulsion.

How do they work?

All topical applications to the skin are more effective during the night time.  This is the time when our bodies recuperate and take a rest from the daily onslaught of the sun’s rays, the attacks from free radicals and everyday dirt and grime that gets under our skin.  At night the application of beauty products gets to work by exploiting the body’s relaxed state.  When at rest the epidermis is better able to absorb topical applications.  Applying creams and lotions before bed allows them to be absorbed easily ready to work on our recuperating skin.  After deep cleansing the application of a Retinol based night cream before bed ensures that as we sleep not only does our body become revitalized but our skin has the assistance required to recuperate.  After using a Retinol based night cream we should wake to find our complexion repaired, rejuvenated and refreshed ready to face the day ahead.


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