The word retinol has become such a common phrase in the skincare industry that most people have it in their routines or will use it for its anti-aging properties. It’s arguably the most famous and effective anti-aging ingredient but can also treat a handful of other common skin hang ups including texture, dark spots, and acne. The question is, what is it really and what does it do?

Retinol is the purest form of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps the skin rebuild itself and assists in the healthy promotion of collagen and elastin formation by stimulating fibroblasts (cells that produce collagen in the dermis) making skin look firmer and more plump.

Retinol is a close cousin to retinyl palmitate, though it is about 20% more potent. Retinyl palmitate was created before retinol but they do not achieve the same effects. Similar, but not quite the same. Most skin types are far more tolerant of retinyl palmitate because it is the least irritating of the retinoid family.

Retinyl palmitate, sometimes called vitamin A palmitate, it’s the least powerful retinoid and an option for those with extremely sensitive skin who want to experience the benefits of retinol in their skincare routines, without the irritation. Despite the fact that retinyl palmitate is mild, it can still improve the same skincare concerns a retinol would. But there is one catch. Retinyl Palmitate boosts collagen in the skin, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and smooths the texture of the skin the same way that a stronger retinol would. But while gentler retinoids like retinyl palmitate are effective and you still get the benefits, it usually takes a little bit more time.

Even though retinyl palmitate is comparatively mild, it’s still recommended you introduce it into your nighttime skincare routine slowly. It’s best to start with one night a week and build up slowly, adding just one additional night each week and build up to as often as your skin can tolerate. If you’re experiencing a little irritation or dryness, then back off a little from there. While some people can use retinyl palmitate every night, other people can only handle it three times a week. It ultimately just depends on your skin and what it can tolerate.

Since retinyl palmitate is so gentle, side effects like itching, redness, and peeling are rare, but typically minimal if they do happen. If you have extremely sensitive skin or a condition like rosacea and eczema, it’s best to use with caution or avoid retinyl palmitate all together to ensure you don’t experience irritation.

To try retinyl palmitate yourself, here is an excellent product recommended by skincare expert Jil Goorman called Deluxe Plus Exfoliating Serum. This product works wonders, especially when under the guidance and instruction of our Skintherapy estheticians. As suggested above, it works amazingly for your anti-aging concerns like fine lines and wrinkles.

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