Retinol Cream – Best Retinol Products
If you are looking to choose a Retinol Cream you will have noticed that there are a tonne of Retinol products on the market which all claim to be the best.
Retinol is an over the counter version of Retin-A, the cream or gel used to fight aging.
Working beneath the surface, it helps your boost collagen production and repair skin cells from the inside out.
The results overtime can result in a more even tone and less wrinkles to reduce.
Effective retinol products must always contain vitamin A. This helps increase the absorption rate of the cream. Many high end products now also include pro-retinol such as Resveratrol which stimulates your SIRT1 enzyme, the only anti-oxidant that is capable of doing this.
This is important as the SIRT1 enzyme contributes to cellular regulation, therefore regulating your longevity, so by increasing the number of SIRT1 enzyme compounds, these will enhance the effects of using retinol on your skin.
How Should I Choose a Retinol Product?
First: It’s impossible to know how much Retinol is in a product, where products only occasionally list this in their ingredients, which leads to:
Second: The mean requirement for Retinol as a percentage of the products ingredients starts at 0.15%. You may want to work your way up once your skin adjusts to the higher levels of concentration.
Third: Retinol stays most potent when away from air and sunlight, in a cool enviroment, a fridge is advisable. Therefore it will not lose its effectiveness. You ideally want a product that comes in a pump bottle or a carefully packaged box.
Example of Percentage of Retinol in Popular Retinol Products:
Txsystems Afirm 3x:
At 0.6% Retinol, this product comes in 0.3% or 0.15% versions. For sensitive skin, lower concentration levels are recommended.
Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0:
At 1% Retinol, this is the highest concentration of Retinol that potentially clogs pores, so if you suffer from acne this is worth avoiding, however this also comes in a lower strength of 0.5%.
Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 5x:
Along with Skinceuticals Retinol this comes in a 1%, 0.5%, 0.3% or a 0.2% product.
La Roche-Posay Biomedic Retinol 60:
At it’s highest concentration 0.6%, then 0.3% and finally 0.15%, this is a popular European Retinol Face Cream.
Neova Retinol ME:
With 0.30% Retinol this also contains pore-clogging ingredients, however it also comes in a 0.15% version.
While a Retinol Cream is considered the best anti-aging ingredient to treat dark circles, crow’s feet, sagging and the so-called turkey neck, it should be noted that some of best Retinol products are those that include the polyphenol Resveratrol, that as stated, stimulates your SIRT1 enzyme, fortifying collagen strength by up to one third of your facial cell tissue.
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