All you need to know about Retinol, Retinoids or RetinA

Hello my sweet Beauts and Beauties (Beautique clients), this is your Lady KNOW it all here.

My Beautician (Beautique therapist who works magic!) has recently let me in on a top secret sealed product that has been on the low down for far too long BUT finally I am bringing it to the limelight so that all Beauts & Beauties (Men and Woman) can try look as good as me.

Carry on reading if you’re at all interested in being in the cool crowd.

The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup, I say a little prayer for you… before you comb your hair Now, and think what dress to wear now… STOP! and read on!

The moment I wake up or any time after, I don’t have that awestruck radiant, frozen in time porcelain, no flaw, skin appearance!

Look at those wrinkles around my once googly eyes, each day those wrinkles get more comfortable and set in deeper. My poor kids are frightened of my static angry frown that I can’t get rid of even if I’m as happy as happy can be.

No matter the amount of pension funds I used on my anti-aging creams, I used to wake up in the morning shocked by another development – another fine line, a wrinkle, slowly losing volume in the wrong places, now pigmentation!

Magazines and media will boast yet again about the newest miracle cream that promises unrealistic results. Ageing in inevitable but surely we can reverse a little and slow it down a lot?

NOW ladies are you ready to hear what my top secret for reversing and slowing down the hands of time?

You sure? This will be life changing. 

We live in the age of technology, yet most woman (and some men) I know go for traditional facials. Cleanse, steam, extract, slap on some lotions, some called potion, a mask and bobs your uncle. One cant expect real results from old school treatments. A traditional facial is simply a deep cleanse including painful extractions. Truthfully, you wouldn’t need ato go through that torture  if you were on the right regime. Think BIG, think technology, think laser, think Retinol, Retinoids and RetinA, think Results!

You may ask, what is a Technology Facial? Its any facial that includes result driven technology such as Near Infrared, Radio Frequency, Ultrasound, even dermaplaning, needling or any fractional laser treatments such as HIFU, IPL or SPL and our favourite CooLifting! These treatments all provide a controlled injury, on some level. This injury sparks collagen production and stimulates the repair elastin of elastin fibres. 

Yes, since I’ve been introduced to technology facials, I cant live without them BUT now I have discovered I cant live without my Retinol, commonly known as Vitamin A is known for its anti-aging benefits and that is one of the most effective skin-transforming ingredients. We understand that plenty of Vitamin A groups form a category known as Retinoids, many of which can be prescribed or be an over-the-counter option, but they generally all work similarly. Retinol makes for a great anti-aging ingredient because of the increased rate of cell turnover – speeds up exfoliation process – that targets our fine lines and wrinkles as well as fights blemishes and sun damage! 

This sounds like a fairy tale! But as a matter of fact, this can go horribly wrong if not used correctly. Retinol can have great benefits for the skin but if too strong, namely RetinA can irritate the skin and leave it dehydrated. Dehydrated skin ages quicker, so we definitely do not want this. In this case, more is definitely NOT better – a pea-size amount is all you need. Retinol should be gradually introduced to your skin to avoid redness and flaking. Don’t rush out and get yourself a script for RetinA. Do not use during the day due to the sun rendering it inactive. What you want to do is ease yourself in by getting onto products that are high in retinol. Retinol can be added to any chemical peel, so tell your aesthetician that you want a technology facial that includes Retinol heaving products to give your skin that extra anti-aging boost! Products we recommend for home are:

ü  Optiphi’s Complexion Control

ü  Optiphi’s Rejuvenating Revitalizer ( uses a similar alternative to retinol

ü  Optiphi’s Intense Retinol Serum

ü  Optiphi’s Protecting Revitalizer

ü  Nimue’s Alph Lipoic Activator

ü  Nimue’s Purifier moisturizer

ü  RegimA’s Quantum Elastin-Collagen serum

Yes no surprise here, I am sure somewhere you have read about or someone has mentioned to you the benefits of RetinA, Retinol, Retinoids or maybe you have heard of Tretinoins or VitiminA based serums or night cream?

Salons and beauty clinics around South Africa and the world stock amazing beneficial products that target those nasty fine lines, crepey skin, sun spots and/or those gorge deep wrinkles. BUT does it actually work? Are they strong enough?

My Beaugician (Beautique therapist who works magic!) explained what the benefits are and if my pension money is being spent well.

So this is the lowdown; retinol found in most over the counter products have a slow release of Retinol that is naturally gentler on the skin, with fewer side effects, and needs a few weeks to see results. Their effect however, are still magical and must be included into your regime darling, so don’t get lazy now!

But being Lady KNOW it all, I know I need something more, something stronger! I have been on Retinoids for years now. I have prepped my skin and now I have tried to find something stronger from my dealers on shady corners and clinics behind bathroom stalls but none could get me the strong stuff or anything with the benefits of true RetinA. You need a prescription.

What is true retinA? I asked behind my ever growing angry frown? If you haven’t put your reading glasses on darlings, do so…

Retin-A is a prescription-only tretinoin cream. (Tretinoin is another name for retinoic acid!). Difference to Retinol, is Retin-A does not need to be broken down by the enzymes in your skin before it can be used therefore the strength of these prescription creams comes with amazing and speedy results, such as diminished blemishes, reduction in wrinkles and boosted skin elasticity.

Now here comes the magic, The Laser Beautique have partnered with a well-known Dermatologist, top of his field, Dr Mark Roscher, who will be assisting with online consultations and writing prescription RetinA creams JUST FOR YOU! No need for a Doctors appointment.

My Beaugician simply completed a thorough skin analysis highlighting my skins concern and areas of treatment, filled out a form on my behalf which I read and signed, she took a couple of pics, forwarded to my RetinA guru (aka Dermatologist), I paid R880 for the online consultation, directly to Dr and 48 hours later I got my prescription emailed to me. Wham, bam, thank you Doc!

I am now on an amazing skin regime recommended by The Laser Beautique and to support all my efforts, I now have the power of RetinA.

The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup….I slap on my RetinA

What are you still sitting there for, I know my writing skills are superb! Get up darling, dash on over to your closest Laser Beautique and schedule a skin analysis.

Stay tuned, next blog is about how to apply your RetinA, All about technology facials and more.

Read our follow on blog on Frequently Asked Questions on Retin A / Tretinoin

The most effective anti-aging item on the dermatology list today!