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Retinol and your Skin

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What do we know about Retinol? And why is this a great product?

Vitamin A1 is also know as Retinol. And why is it used in skin products? Because it can help increase the appearance of firmness in the skin, and it can diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It can significantly improve uneven skin tone, as well as smoothing the surface of the skin.

Retinol is actually a weaker version of Tretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative that is highly effective in reversing the effects of sun damage and signs of aging. Tretinoin will decrease fine lines, as well as evening skin tone, tightening pores, improving skin texture, and stimulating blood flow which in turn increases collagen production. Tretinoin is a prescription medication which is used to treat acne, whereas Retinol, being a weaker version, is found in 'over the counter' skin products.

And how does it work?

Retinoid receptors are proteins that are naturally found in the skin. They act like shuttles that carry and release the retinoids into the skin cells, thereby triggering collagen production which helps our skin look plump and young.

Use a retinol moisturiser for 12 weeks on a consistent basis and you will begin to see the overall improvement of your skin texture. Use a small amount at first approximately 3 times a week.

It can be used on the neck area every alternate time that you use it on your face, as the skin is more sensitive around your neck area. This gives your neck skin time to get used to the cream.

If you have dark circles under your eyes then you can use the cream to reduce these. As Retinol stimulates the production of collagen, this makes the skin under the eys less thin, thus reducing the appearance of dark circles.

Apply your cream as follows:

  1. Wash your hands and face and apply your normal eye cream.
  2. Wait until skin is completely dry.
  3. Take a small amout of retinol cream and apply with your finger tips, starting at your chin and moving upwards and outwards. Apply a small amount under the eyes if needed.
  4. Every other time you use your retinol you can apply it to your neck.
  5. Finish your regime with your usual moisturiser.

  These are the top 20 foods that we can find Retinol in:-

  1. Beef Liver
  2. Lamb Liver
  3. Liver Sausage
  4. Cod Liver Oil
  5. King Mackerel
  6. Salmon
  7. Bluefin Tuna
  8. Goose Liver Pate
  9. Goats Cheese
  10. Butter
  11. Limburger Cheese
  12. Cheddar
  13. Camembert
  14. Roquefort Cheese
  15. Hard Boiled Egg
  16. Trout
  17. Blue Cheese
  18. Cream Cheese
  19. Caviar
  20. Feta Cheese

And never forget your fruit and veg!

So, if you eat a healthy diet and use your Retinol product 2-3 times a week you will be making the most of your supply of Retinol.

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