Retinoid power and types

Just before you hop off to stock your skincare cabinet with retinoid products, be certain you know that the product you are going to buy is aligned with your expectations and goals. Nonetheless, it is always a good idea to start off with a gentler product to build up your skin’s tolerance and to avoid skin irritation.

Retinol or Tretinoin

Tretinoin was developed over 25 years ago as a topical treatment for acne. The anti-ageing benefits were later coincidentally discovered and documented. A stronger version of over the counter retinols, this prescription strength form is better suited for oily skin and skin that is not prone to sensitivity. Despite the numerous benefits of retinoids, they are known to cause some irritation, particularly at the beginning. But do not let this put you off the potential benefits you can reap from this wonderful ingredient. A milder form, over the counter retinols, have been proven to be effective with minimal irritation. More recently, retinol alternatives have also become increasingly popular as they have been touted to provide the same benefits without the side effects.

How Retinol works

Retinol, a form of vitamin A, which is also a type of retinoid as explained above, works by converting to retinoic acid when coming into contact with the skin. This is the most common over the counter form of retinoid that you will encounter. Retinol converts to retinaldehyde then to retinoic acid which is then usable by the skin. Retinoic acid binds to the retinoid receptors in our bodies, including on the skin, and this encourages improved cellular renewal and processes, working to soothe wrinkles and banish spots.

Though highly beneficial to the skin, those with sensitive skin may experience dryness and skin irritation from vitamin A. However, organic alternatives such as The Organic Pharmacy Retinol Serum and Pai Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil works indirectly with the skin to encourage cellular renewal without the irritation.

Preventing skin irritation

There are a few ways to work around this. A soothing moisturiser can be applied before or after applying a retinoid product. We love the Pai Age Confidence Cream and The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream.   

Using hydrating masks regularly also helps to keep dryness at bay and prevent skin irritation. As an added benefit, this will further plump your skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with an enviable glow when used regularly and consistently.

Those with the most sensitive skin types, or for those who prefer an organic alternative, retinoid alternatives may be your answer. The Pai Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil contains Beta-carotene, an inactive form of vitamin A. A great antioxidant, this oil is safe to use in the day and at night, and will protect the skin against environmental aggressors while providing it with the benefits of vitamin A.

Our Team’s Pick

Our absolute favourite targeted results-oriented formula is undoubtedly The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream.

However, for those seeking a multitasking formula, The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine Night Conditioner Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Vitamin C to give you that extra boost. Although it is generally not recommended to use multiple active ingredients at once, this formulation has been formulated by the manufacturer to minimise skin irritation while the ingredients work in sync. 

For those who would prefer an oil, apart from the highly praised Pai Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil, the Suki Nourishing Facial Oil is one of our most sought after Vitamin A Facial Oils. If you are in search of a gentler alternative, look for products rich in Carrot Oil, an excellent source of Vitamin A, such as the Odacite Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate which contains ingredients to restore your glow and protect the skin.

In June, Pure Tincture will also be introducing a new Retinol Product – The Evolve Bio-Retinol Gold Mask! Keep your eyes peeled for this exciting new arrival and a special storewide promotion in June.

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