DIY rosehip retinol cream with lavender
Although the skin is subject to acne, other skin conditions and aging, as the body’s largest organ, it also has the potential to soak up a lot of healthy vitamins. One of the main vitamins our skin soaks up is vitamin D, which it absorbs from sunlight.
The skin can also absorb vitamins from face creams and moisturizers, including retinoids, which contain lots of vitamin A. Retinoids may be the way to healthier, more youthful skin. Read on to learn more about retinoids, retinol cream and how you can make your own homemade retinol cream.
What Is Retinol Cream?
Retinoids and retinol cream products were originally developed in the 1970s as an acne treatment. They also are used as a way to help treat aging skin, psoriasis and warts. Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives. Vitamin A has been known to help with eyesight and it also helps keep the skin healthy.
Retinoids are derived from animal sources and include retinol. Other sources come from carotenoids, originally from plants, and include beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. The major carotenoids are lycopene, lutein, and zeaxantuin, and are filled with antioxidant and photoprotective properties.
Retinol face cream has many uses, such as minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, helping keep the skin thicker, maintaining the elasticity of the skin, slowing the breakdown of collagen, which helps keep the skin firm, and lightening those annoying brown spots caused by sun exposure and age. Retinoids can speed up the cell turnover of the skin. This process helps even out skin discoloration and smooths the skin.
Commercial Retinoid Products
You may have heard of Retin-A. Retin-A was the first prescription retinoid, Tretinoin, that the FDA approved nearly 40 years ago, but even today you cannot get it without a prescription. However, a study shows that after several weeks of use, over 50 percent of participants had a reduction in wrinkles.
Types of retinoids: alitretinoin, isotretinoin and tretinoin, etretinate, acitretin, tazarotene and adapalene, differin, seletinoid G
Common brand names: Panretin, Accutane, Roaccutane, Accure and IsotrexGel,, Tretinoin, Renova, Retin-A and Vesanoid, Tegison, Soriatane, Tazorac, Fabior, Avage, Differin, Targretin
The peeling that often occurs when beginning to use retinol actually helps to thicken the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. And this sloughing off of dead skin cells is what helps get rid of the dark spots by diminishing the production of melanin.
Regardless, the process requires about three to six months of consistent daily use to make a difference. Some prescription versions are more potent and could be more effective in a shorter period of time. However, they may cause more peeling at first than the over-the- counter options.