There is nothing quite as depressing as the formation of wrinkles coupled with the overwhelming number of wrinkle creams on the market, except maybe general misconceptions about retinol.
Luckily, the one ingredient you need in your life is retinol, and here’s why. Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that increases cell turnover and visibly fights the signs of aging with much better success than other topical treatments. It will boost collagen production and, over time, reduce the size of wrinkles.
If the drugstore aisles and the Macy’s makeup counters are overwhelming and you want the most bang for your buck, get a prescription retinol cream from your dermatologist. It could run you about a Benji a bottle, but will last longer than other creams available at the same price point.
Don’t believe the Retinol horror stories you’ve heard–the stuff can be a little harsh, but when you start with a low dose, and if you’re nervous, monitor treatment through your derm, the benefits will be worth it!
If you’re not ready to try prescription strength treatment, start slow (which is best for sensitive skined souls) with something mild from the drug store. Start with ingredients reading retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and retinyl linoleate, and later graduate to the stronger retinol or Retin-A. Most of these introductory treatments will cost you less than 50 bucks a tube.
Results are not immediate. Topical treatments are not an instant wrinkle remover. Redness can occur, and skin may peel, but that is only a sign that your skin is regenerating.
So, it’s time to stop washing your cash down the drain with endless serums and moisturizers, and switch to a retinol routine!
Got a fave retinol? Tell me about it in the comments!
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.