25 January 2016
Having a youthful appearance is coveted by many, leading men and women to seek out Anti-Ageing creams and treatments in a bid to reverse the hands of time. According to one expert though, there’s one ingredient which stands out against the rest when it comes to restoring youthful vitality to skin. You guessed it: vitamin A.
The easiest way to use vitamin A is to invest in skincare containing retinol. This base form of vitamin A boasts a whole host of skin benefits, leaving it visibly smoother and more youthful-looking.
South Africa-based expert Dr Fernandes explained: “Studies on the effects of retinoic acid on the skin show that you’ll see a dramatic change from wrinkled skin to smoother skin, and pigmented skin becomes much less pigmented.
“It makes more collagen and more elastin, and results in thicker skin.”
So what do you need to know about vitamin A?
- You’ll need to wait to see results
Unlike with many Anti-Ageing treatments, you won’t notice immediate results from using retinol skincare products. In fact, some people may experience a slight reaction to the substance. It’s important to use it sparingly and to keep persisting for optimum results.
Start with a small dose
Retinol is a known irritant so it’s important to introduce it to your regime in small quantities and in low doses – this allows your skin to become used to it and prevents any red patches or flaky skin. Reduce the concentration by mixing a tiny amount with your usual moisturiser.
- Apply at night
Retinol should only be applied at night to prevent it from reacting with the sun’s UV rays. After your usual cleansing routine, apply a small amount of retinol to skin and slather on your usual night cream. Apply SPF 15 in the morning before going outside to protect your skin.
- Remember use-by dates
After six months, retinol becomes ineffective so remember to check the use-by date on the box before using it – otherwise you won’t notice any difference in the appearance of your skin.
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