Is Retinol the secret to Anti-Ageing?

19 February 2014

Woman rubbing cream onto faceThe elixir of youth has yet to be discovered – or has it? According to Cosmetic Experts, Retinol, a leading ingredient found in many Anti-Ageing creams, could hold the secret to younger-looking skin. Dr James Willis, of the International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics, describes Retinol as “the whole vitamin A molecule, which is one of the best vitamins for your skin […] and works to protect your skin from free radicals, generates cell growth, and repairs damaged cells”.One of the first signs of ageing is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By using skincare products containing Retinol, collagen levels will increase and as a result, skin will appear firmer and smoother. Retinol is also said to improve the texture of the user’s skin too, while protecting against redness and dryness. When asked how early Retinol should be used, Dr Willis advises: “Early use of products containing pure and stable Retinol will help to combat fine lines before they start to appear, so skin continues to look years younger than its true age.” He adds that Retinol should be introduced gradually into a person’s skincare regime, to allow skin to adjust to the effects of the ingredient. “As a general rule, it is best to begin using retinol products every other night and work up to every night”, he adds. It is useful to book a skincare consultation with a medical professional to determine which products are best suited to your skin type. The scientifically-proven skincare range from The Harley Medical Group includes products such as the Performance Eye Lift, and Gentle Cleanser, which both contain vitamin A to help boost the skin’s collagen levels and give it a smoother, more youthful appearance. Which skincare products in your cabinet are giving you your daily source of vitamin A? Send us a tweet about your skincare regime.