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What is retinol?

  • Retinol is a type of vitamin A that promotes cell turnover
  • Retinol is one of the only clinically proven anti-aging ingredients that is effective in reducing the appearance of even deep wrinkles
  • Skin can become sun-sensitive when using retinol, so it's recommended to apply at night and use SPF.
What is retinol?

Learn why retinol is the go-to ingredient when it comes to fighting signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines and uneven complexion.

Retinol: the anti-aging super ingredient

Retinol belongs to the vitamin A family and, among its many functions, is needed by the body in order to keep the skin healthy. Derivatives of retinol, retinoids were first used for acne treatment, but these days they are also regularly found in anti-aging skincare.

Why is this? Retinoids improve the quality of the skin by boosting the skin's cell renewal rate, preventing the breakdown of collagen (which keeps skin firm) and strengthening the lower layers of the skin which reduces the formation of deep-set wrinkles. As a result, the skin looks plumper, firmer and more radiant, with fewer visible lines.

La Roche-Posay would recommend...

While retinol is very effective at reducing the signs of photoaging (skin aging due to sun exposure), it is not an ingredient recommended for your skin under the sun, as the skin risks becoming particularly sensitive to the UV rays. Instead, it's recommended you use a retinol-based skincare product in the evening, so it can work its magic overnight. Always apply a sunscreen during the day when using retinol.

The Redermic R Retinol Anti-Aging Night Cream by La Roche-Posay is a repairing night treatment for fine lines and deeper wrinkles, such as around the lip and on the forehead areas, as well as hyperpigmentation caused by UV damage. The formula is suitable for even sensitive skin, although experts always recommend applying any new product on the inside of the arm as a 'test patch' to prevent any adverse reactions.

If you're looking to prevent or reduce the signs of aging, retinol could be your secret beauty weapon!