Arguably the most popular skin care ingredient in the market, retinol continues to make waves in the cosmetic industry. Dermatologists around the world recommend it. But why? Research has shown that retinol delivers real and actual results when it comes to firming and brightening up your skin. Its regenerative properties have made it one of the most sought-after ingredients for those looking to bring out their skin’s natural glow.
While it may seem like another youth-chasing hype, retinol is proven to be incredibly beneficial to mature skin. In fact, you could say it’s more catered for ageing skin rather than the younger market. How? Well, to understand that we need to know what retinol is and how it works.
What is Retinol?
Not to be confused with retinoids – which is the umbrella term for all vitamin A derivatives – retinol is one of many vitamin A derivatives that are available in your local drugstore. The differences lie in the concentration. From the prescription to over the counter, these retinoids vary in strength and purpose. But retinol is usually recommended for most skin types.
Before rushing to the drugstore and buying the retinol infused products, it’s important to know what dosage works best for your skin. It's not just a matter of applying the ingredient on your skin as it does come with side effects. If the wrong dosage is used, there could potentially be some irritation, dryness and flaking.
Make sure to use products that indicate the retinol percentage so you know where you started. The common retinol concentration in serums and creams come in the range of .25% to 1.5%. But to experience more dramatic results, a 0.5% dosage is a great starting point. From there, you can build up to 1% if your skin has no adverse effects.
Experts recommend starting slow and figure out what works best for you. For a more effective and safe approach, you may want to explore time-released retinol.
What does it mean when it’s time-released?
The terms ‘time-released’ and ‘retinol’ are intimately linked in the cosmetic industry. Time-released retinol in skin care products utilizes unique carrier systems to deliver retinol to the skin. This simply means that retinol is encased as it penetrates your skin, allowing for longer and more effective results. This method also reduces the risk of irritation and inflammation that is usually associated with retinol.
NOOMI uses Birch Sap as its carrier for retinol which is loaded with vitamins, enzymes, minerals and amino acids that help strengthen your skin and repair your skin barrier. Due to its small molecule size and microcaps delivery system, Birch Sap enhances the delivery of retinol while keeping your skin strong and safe from irritation. Other fillers and carriers like water don’t provide such benefits to your skin. This makes Birch sap an ideal carrier for retinol to help optimize retinol benefits with added skin protection.
What makes it great for mature skin?
Your skin is constantly shedding its cells. When this happens, brighter and fresher cells push themselves to the surface of your skin, giving it that smooth and radiant glow. Up to your 30s, skin cells regenerate every 28 days, creating a fresh layer of skin. However, when you reach your mid-30s, the rate at which your skin cells regenerate gradually slows down. This means an even slower regeneration rate for women over 50, who are often bothered with conditions like dry skin, dark spots, rough texture and prominent wrinkles.
But with the help of retinol, the cell turnover on your skin speeds up. Applying retinol helps your body to maintain or at least increase the rate of regenerating brand-new skin cells than you normally would as you age.
This magical ingredient also stimulates collagen and elastin production, making your skin’s connective tissues weave together for firmer skin. This is hugely beneficial for women going through menopause. Menopause causes many changes to your skin. During this time, your body produces less collagen and skin elasticity significantly drops leading to sagging, dry and thin skin.
Together with increased cell turnover and collagen producing properties, retinol effectively reduces the appearance of pores, firms and smoothens skin and softens fine lines and wrinkles.
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Unlike many topical skin care products, retinol works on a cellular level. It deeply rejuvenates your skin to give you that fresh and radiant glow. So no matter your age, you can confidently go through your daily activities knowing you have healthy skin, inside and out.
You can enjoy all these luscious retinol benefits and more in the NOOMI Stockholm BirchTech Hybrid. It’s time-released system in a nourishing birch sap base is specifically designed to optimise the benefits of retinol on your skin without irritation or side effects.
Click here to begin your retinol infused skin care with NOOMI Stockholm today.