10 Facts about retinol

Let's discover some facts about the so-called "best anti-aging ingredient".


1. It is an anti-aging hero

Retinol slows down the aging process and increases collagen production. It targets skin at a cellular level and speeds up cellular turnover. 

2. It not only prevents, it also cures

Retinol smoothes your current lines and also prevents new ones from forming. It not only protects the skin from forming new wrinkles but also treats the ones you already have.

3. It is a multi-talent

Besides the anti-aging effect, retinol also evens out the complexion. It fades dark spots, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars. And last but not least, retinol also has a beneficial effect on acne-prone skin by regulating oily skin and keeping pores from clogging.

4. There is a difference in all these ingredients starting with 'R'

Prescription formulas contain retinoic acid, the strongest form of retinol and the most effective one. Nonprescription alternatives need to be converted into retinoic acid by the skin at the cellular level. The derivatives are called pro-retinols (retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and retinyl linoleate) are more gently - but weaker, too.

5. It’s not only a night job

That retinol should only be applied at night is a myth. True is that the ingredient itself is sensitive to light, that’s why it should be packaged in an opaque tube. But as long as you wear a good SPF (which is the best anti-aging thing anyway!), there is no reason retinol can not be used during the day, too.

6. The right combination makes it all

To counteract irritation and provide hydration and nourishment to the skin, retinol products are often mixed with antioxidants, peptides, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and calming natural ingredients for an optimal skincare regimen.

7. Consistency is key

Good things take time – unfortunately, that is the case for retinol as well. It takes about 12 weeks to notice the beneficial effects. And because retinol changes the skin at a cellular level, it must be used regularly for keeping the benefits. So use it or lose it.

8. It’s never too early

There is no need to wait until the wrinkles show up – in fact, it is best to start with retinol early. Regardless of age, it works to keep skin looking healthy and youthful.

9. It might not be for everybody

The downside of retinol is that it can cause skin irritations as well as dry, red, and flaky skin. Even though the skin gets used to it over time, for people with sensitive skin retinol might be too strong. Also most retinoic acid is animal based (derived from the enzymes in milk or egg), and therefore not vegan.

10. There are natural alternatives

The fact that retinol can cause irritations and is animal-derived has increased the research for complementary practices like Face yoga and plant-based alternatives. NovoRetin™ is our plant-based, stable and safe alternative to retinol.

It is based on mastic, which is an aromatic resin from the bark of a tree that grows only on a Greek island. NovoRetin™ is able to increase the amount of naturally occurring retinoic acid in the skin, leading to retinol-like effects without the need to apply retinoids topically on the skin.

As a unique all-in-one product, it increases skin density and elasticity, reduces pore size and wrinkles, refines skin texture, and creates a smooth and matte finish.

Christine Meier
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Christine Meier