A few weeks ago, a friend of mine told me about her latest obsession with Sunday Riley, a luxurious, high performance skin care line with some retinol based products. I have tried a few items from the brand, and must admit, I am also hooked. But what exactly is the impact of retinol on our skin and why so much interest in this ingredient?
It was discovered more than a century ago, but has gained popularity over the last few years, when the beauty industry realized the positive impact that it had on our complexion. Retinol boosts the collagen level in our skin, making it appear more supple and radiant, in addition to reducing and preventing the appearance of fine lines. Isn’t this what we look for in all skincare products?
Not only does retinol give a little glow to our skin that you can usually only expect with a facial, it also helps to even the complexion and prevent dark spots. It improves the cellular renewal of the skin, making it appear more clear and smoother.
Retinol, in the past, had a reputation for making skin raw and red. It has been reformulated over time and is now more gentle. You should always wear sunscreen, but it is even more important when you are using retinol based products as they can make you more prone to burns from the sun’s UV rays. Tempted to try it? Here are some retinol based products that we love.
Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Concentrate, $49.95 at drug stores
We love this daily treatment from Vichy; it helps to fill-in wrinkles and restore a youthful appearance to the skin and it has a high concentration of retinol. In addition, its reasonable price will make it less difficult to add this to your daily routine.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, $86 at select spas and online retailers
This is one of the best products to consider if you want to start adding retinol into your beauty routine. It has a non-greasy texture and moisturizers that helps keep your complexion smooth and clear. It’s intended for night-time use and will give your skin a lovely glow in the morning.
Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley, $135 by Sephora
This intense blue oil keeps our skin hydrated with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils. Just a few drops are needed to improve the appearance of fine lines, add radiance, and skin smoothness. It may seem pricey, but a little goes a long way.
Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster, $100 on Amazon
This concentrated treatment has a slow-release delivery system making your skin less prone to redness and inflammation. It can be combined with your favorite night cream or serum or during the day with your favourite cream and sunscreen.