What is the difference? What do they do? Which one do I use?
We get asked this almost everyday at Classic Beauty when we are talking about achieving skin results and creating a skin plan to follow at home. Then we get talking about what to be using at night...that's when we see the confusion around vitamin A usage. So I thought I would write about it.
Firstly let's start with Retinoids. This is the name for the group of compounds that are derived from vitamin A. When you use retinoids regularly, your skin tone will be firmer, texture will be smoother and a brighter overall complexion achieved. It also works on increasing collagen in the skin and even proven to work on elastin production. A huge game changer in Anti-Ageing! Also working on speeding up cell turnover to unblock pores for acne as well as a more youthful appearance. So we have different types of Retinoids like Retinol, Retin-A, Retinyl Palmitate and many more.
So here we go. For an ingredient to work it must be absorbed and transformed into molecules the body can recognise. To achieve a cellular response and results from retinoids here is the *not so secret* conversion. Retinyl Palmitate converts to Retinol. Retinol converts to Retinal (retinaldehyde). Retinal converts to Retinoic Acid to be absorbed into the cell.
So if you're using a product that has Retinyl Palmitate as its Retinoid, it then has to go through a lot of conversions to be absorbed, and who knows what amount makes it that far!?
But on the other side of that is, using Retin-A (which is pretty much Retinoic Acid) can leave the skin quite sensitive, red, dry, burning and peeling. Quite extreme. This is sold only by prescription but definitely still has its place when used at correct dosage and usage for deeper lines, pigmentation and acne.
If your wanting to freshen your skin and start your skin journey, Medik8's Retinol is the perfect place to start. It comes in different strengths so when your skin becomes accustomed to retinoids, we can then step up the % in a safe way that ensures we don't compromise the skin while achieving the very best results!
CLASSIC ADVICE- Sunscreen must be worn when using any retinoids as new cells are brought to the surface layer and we don't want to be causing any more damage that we go back and correct! AND retinoids must be used in a progressional way to build up, so your skin can tolerate it to achieve the best results. Speak to your Classic Therapist if you're unsure on the frequency of your retinoid. If your not using our brand of retinol then check your night cream etc and find how far down in the ingredients list its named. The lower it's listed=the less active=less results achieved.
Well I hope that all makes sense now and if you haven't started a retinoid yet....come see us! We would love to start your skin journey!
Yours in skin health,