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When reading the back of any skin care bottle, it’s easy to get confused, overwhelmed and then put the bottle back down. But, instead of slowly pushing your cart away and venturing for the familiar, think about going into the store equipped with a little skin care know-how. After all, you shouldn’t let an uncommon word or ingredient turn you off, some complicated-sounding ingredients, are actually simple and effective components of any good skin care product, and they shouldn’t be skipped over. Before you hit the skin care aisle, brush up on some of the basic, yet valuable, skin care ingredients that can take your regular skin care regimen up a notch or two.
Let’s start with retinoids. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A. Retinol was the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription anti-wrinkle creams even though it was first used in prescription acne treatments over 40 years ago. Soon after its FDA approval as an OTC acne treatment, dermatologists noticed that patients using products formulated with retinoids experienced not just clearer-looking but visibly softer, brighter skin with less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. While prescription products formulated with retinoids yield effective and fast results, an over the counter retinoid, called Retinol, can also help improve the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone
The lack or excess of retinoid in your skin can create changes in its upper layers to promote or slow down the natural process of shedding dead surface skin cells. Retinoids can help keep this pace steady so that the regular removal of dead cells can help to unclog your pores, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth out the look of your skin. Today, retinoids can help address a multitude of skin care concerns including visible wrinkles and noticeable pores too. Here’s how:
Wrinkles. A common sign of visible skin aging, the appearance of wrinkles can develop prematurely and deepen overtime if left susceptible to skin aging elements like UV rays and free radicals in your daily environment. If you already have visible fine lines and a few wrinkles too, you can help minimize their appearance. SPF can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays and skin care products formulated with antioxidants can offer skin some defense against environmental stressors too. Retinoids, like pro-retinol, are antioxidants that can help refine the appearance of the surface of your skin by sloughing away dead surface skin cells to reveal skin that appears more bright, fresh and youthful looking – not to mention protected against free radicals.
Large Pores. Many factors like oily skin and genetics can contribute to the development of noticeably large pores—and, so can your age. As your skin ages, it can lose its elasticity potentially causing it to appear less firm. One way you can help improve the look of visibly enlarged pores is by using a product that is formulated with retinoids to help firm the appearance of the loose areas of your skin. Try using a night cream formulated with a retinoid after cleansing your skin and applying an anti-aging serum.
Face the skin care aisle and your skin care concerns head on with the help of knowing how and why retinoids can help address skin aging concerns like visible wrinkles and large pores.