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So Fresh and So Clean: The Benefits of Retinol Revealed

What do many creams, gels, lotions, ointments, and serums have in common? If you guessed retinol, then you’re correct. But what is retinol and why is it contained in countless cosmetics?   

The Basics  

Retinol, which is also considered a type of vitamin A, is primarily used for skin care purposes per Clevland Clinic. While a good amount of skincare products simply remove dead skin cells, retinol-based products go further.  

According to Healthline, the molecules penetrate through the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis) and go deeper into the next layer (the dermis). Once retinol reaches the dermis, it “helps neutralize free radicals” which increases the production of collagen and elastin. This production output leads to the creation of a “plumping effect” that is responsible for appearance-related benefits. 

The Benefits 

Now that science is out of the way, let’s focus on the benefits. Skin Spot and Medical News Today explain how retinol is responsible for a myriad of positive impacts on the skin. 

  • Treats Acne
  • Clears Pores
  • Increases Cellular Turnover
  • Increases Elasticity
  • Decreases Hyperpigmentation
  • Brightens Skin
  • Diminishes/Prevents Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Refines Skin Texture and Tone
  • Treats Keratosis Pilaris
  • Strengthens the Epidermis
  • Minimizes Scars

Best of all, retinol is cost-effective and can be acquired over the counter or via prescription. 

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