The 101 on Retinol

The 101 on Retinol

Retinol is one of the most effective skincare ingredients there is. It’s been used in skincare for a very long time and it has aged so well! Even as product testing becomes more advanced and other ingredients are discovered or developed, retinol has stood the test of time. So why has retinol remained at the top of the skincare charts for all these years? Allow us to elaborate (spoiler: because it’s amazing).

As we age, body processes start to happen a little differently than they do when we are younger. Your skin gets thinner and produces less collagen.

Collagen is the all-important skin plumper, the stuff that sits under the skin cells, deeper in the skin, to give it that bouncy look.

Skin cells renew more slowly as you get older, so you don’t get fresh new skin cells as often. This can make your skin look dry and less radiant. It also means skin takes longer to heal because there are less new cells being produced to patch up any injuries.

That’s where retinol comes into play. Retinol encourages your skin to speed up the renewal of skin cells, thickening and strengthening the skin, boosting collagen and slowing its breakdown. It’s the wonder product that reduces signs of aging, helps with breakouts and improves enlarged pores, skin tone and texture. Because retinol is an antioxidant too, it also helps to prevent environmental damage. Oxidation is a natural process that contributes to aging and skin damage and is accelerated by UV light, pollution, stress, smoking (the usual suspects), so the antioxidants in retinol are a welcome addition to anyone’s skincare routine!

Retinol is like a good teacher, it encourages your skin to do good things for itself instead of doing it for you. Basically, it helps to normalise how your skin functions, and in doing that it helps your skin behave (and look) like its bouncier, younger self. An instant spring in your step!

Our Pro Strength Retinol is a retinol blend, an age-defying elixir crafted to reverse and prevent the signs of aging.

Our Retinol and Phyto Retinol blend amplifies cellular renewal for younger-looking skin - while also being infused with Sodium Hyaluronate to provide a deep hydration that helps firm and plump the skin - this is often missing in most retinol serums.

Who is it good for? Ageing skin, uneven skin tone and texture, everyone!

How to use it? Use at night, apply a thin layer evenly across the face.

The Science:

Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within 4 weeks.

After 4 weeks:

  • 73% saw a reduction in fine lines
  • 94% saw an improvement in skin texture
  • 89% noticed smoother and firmer skin
  • 84% saw an improvement in skin tone

*Clinically proven results via instrumental measurement of average roughness (Ra) of the wrinkle profile.

The Craft:
Because we know the key to long term results is consistency, we've created a formula that is effective without causing the often negative side effects associated with retinol. We combined pure retinol with Syntenol A (the OG Backuchiol), which targets all the same antiageing goals as retinol without the drying. 

A bonus - Syntenol A is also clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of acne by 57%.

We love retinol and know you will love the results using Skinsmiths Pro Strength Retinol.

If you have any further questions about retinol, get in touch - we love to chat skincare!