Three skincare Myths of Retinol (Vitamin A)

Three skincare Myths of Retinol (Vitamin A)

Retinol is a widely used ingredient in cosmetics, without a doubt, the star ingredient in anti-aging creams. However, there are doubts about the properties of Retinol and its use in cosmetics. Is it good to use it with exfoliants? Is it harmful to apply the treatment during the day? Can it be mixed with Vitamin C?

We will give answers to these questions that arise when choosing to purchase a cosmetic with Retinol.

But first, let's explain what is Retinol and its properties so we can resolve some of the myths that have been created around this active ingredient.

Vitamin A (also called Retinol), is a vitamin that our body needs, among other things, to fulfill many dermatological functions.

Between its great properties, we find the skin restoration, therefore, its use is very effective in anti-aging treatments. Retinol has a double effect: keratolytic that promotes cell renewal and a very effective increase of collagen synthesis.

Due to all these properties, best cosmetic products widely use Retinol, but there are also some misunderstandings about its use.

Can Retinol be mix with AHA and BHA exfoliants? 

First myth says that Retinol cannot be combined with AHA or BHA exfoliants. But first, what are AHAs and BHAs?

AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids (such as Glycolic Ac.) are highly effective exfoliants for the dry or aged skin. When we use this product, we obtain a clear reduction of wrinkles, sun effects and a better moisturized skin with a healthy glow.

On the other hand, BHAs or Beta hydroxy acids (such as Salicylic Acid) are exfoliants with soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, particularly effective against clogged and enlarged pores and skin imperfections like acne. For this reason, BHA is particularly effective on oily or combination skin. It is important to take in account that Retinol, regardless of what most of the people think, doesn't have exfoliant properties( don’t remove dead skin) so it is recommended to use exfoliants to leave a clean and healthy skin allowing Vitamin A to be more effective on our dermis.

Maybe this Myth of not combination Retinol and exfoliants comes from a scientific study which concluded that the pH of these exfoliants (acid) interacted with the properties of Retinol (that needs a more basic pH). However, this research was not realized on the skin, and no other investigation has been able to confirm this. On the other hand, there is a lot of investigation supporting the use of these two ingredients together and confirming their great efficacy on the skin. It´s time now to debunk this myth and starting telling the people that AHA and BHA exfoliants can be used together with Retinol.

About to the apparent exfoliating effect on the skin that some people describe when using Retinol, it is, in fact, a flacking effect that occurs if we abuse of Retinol or if our skin is particularly sensitive to it. To prevent this, cosmetic professionals will customize the retinol concentration that your skin needs, normally starting with a lower concentration or spacing its use initially.


Can Retinol be used during the day?

Despite the widespread belief that using retinol during daytime is not possible, the answer is yes but using sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun, (even if it is only half an hour) because Retinol produces a sun sensitizing effect.

For this reason, Lesielle offers you the possibility of using a Base with SPF 30, so you can have a daytime retinol anti-aging skin care.

Can Retinol and Vitamin C be mixed?

Myth 3 is that Retinol and Vitamin C cannot be used together within the same product. If both, Vitamin C and Retinol, are naturally produced in our bodies, why can't we use them in the same lotion? Vitamin C stabilizes the properties of Retinol, and together they form a perfect team: Vitamin C is responsible for removing the natural tone and removing blemishes and Retinol will act on the regeneration and restoration of the skin.

The different Lesielle active's ranges give you the variety you need to create your personalized skincare treatment
. If your skin requires an anti-aging treatment, include an anti-aging active ingredient such as Retinol in your base. Among other options, this range includes peptides, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and the lifting effect to helps your skin recover its better state.

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