People ask me all the time about products and here is an observation that I have made. 

Many products have popped up containing Vitamin A/Retinol.  These products boast smoothing, brightening, anti-aging and wrinkle-erasing ingredients that will heal all of your skin issues and all at a low price!  But, pay attention – not all Retinol is the same and doesn’t work the same.

When you ingest Vitamin A, your body changes it to retinoic acid which is beneficial.  Science has been able to refine Vitamin A to create  topical retinoids that break down into retinoic acid.  Retinoic acid can treat various skin conditions. Retinoids peel off the top layer of skin and plump the layers below the surface.  Retinoids can also boost collagen, making your skin firmer. 

Now all of this sounds good, right?  Well, wait just a minute!

Retinoids hate sunlight, so nighttime application is a must.  Skin actually thins when exposed to sunlight, making the skin more sensitive to sunburn.  Retin A and it’s brand counterparts cause skin irritation in some people.  Retinol, which is a milder option, converts to retinoic acid but is unstable in heat, air and light.  Exposure to these elements renders it useless.  This ingredient is very common in products. 

Retinaldehyde is a form of Vitamin A that is recognized by your body and already stored in your body, not true of Retin A.  When Retin A is used, your body uses what it can, the rest sits on the skin causing irritation and damage.  When you apply Retinaldehyde, your skin uses what it needs and stores the rest.  So you get all the benefits of Retin A but none of the irritation..

So, in conclusion, when you are considering an anti-aging product for wrinkle free and young looking skin, why would you use something that would cause irritation or thinning skin?  It is necessary to be conscientious of what you are applying to your skin as it absorbs in about 20-30 seconds.  Your skin is the largest organ of your body and is very sensitive.  Using safe ingredient products is vital to your health and well being.  So think carefully about what form of Vitamin A you are using.  It might be time for a change.