Retinal, a powerful derivative of vitamin A, offers numerous benefits for various skin concerns, including acne, aging signs, and hyperpigmentation. With its ability to firm, hydrate, and improve skin texture, retinal is a versatile ingredient suitable for a wide range of individuals. However, it is important to note the gradual tolerance-building process and potential contraindications. By understanding these important factors, you can make informed decisions and incorporate retinal into your skincare routine effectively and safely.
Retinaldehyde, also known as retinal, is a biologically active derivative of vitamin A. It belongs to the retinoid family, which is one of the most well-documented substances for combating skin aging. Retinal is an intermediate form between retinol and retinoic acid, requiring only one transformation in the skin to become retinoic acid. This means faster action, less loss, and reduced irritation compared to other retinoids, thanks to the technology of controlled release used in Ph.Doctor products.
Retinoids have a proven effect on the cell nucleus, allowing them to remodel the skin by interacting with its receptors. These substances influence all aging processes, including increasing collagen production and preventing its degradation after the age of 25. They can reverse some of the visible signs of aging caused by UV radiation, also known as photoaging.
When using retinoids, it is crucial to gradually build tolerance. In some individuals, transient skin irritation may occur initially, although not everyone experiences it. Our product formulations are designed to minimize such risks. The irritation is temporary and subsides as tolerance to the ingredient is developed. Don't be discouraged!
Retinoids are extensively studied raw materials with proven effectiveness. Desired effects typically require an average of 12 weeks of use. Retinal has an intensely yellow color. The stabilized formulation ensures efficacy for 12 months after opening, as confirmed by testing.
Benefits of Retinal:
- Anti-acne properties
- Anti-aging effects
- Reduces signs of aging
- Firms and tightens the skin
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
- Diminishes the visibility of fresh stretch marks
- Hydrates the skin
- Improves skin texture
- Smooths and increases skin elasticity
- Acne (anti-bacterial action)
- Blackheads and clogged pores
- Skin laxity
- Keratosis pilaris (rough bumps on the skin)
- Fresh stretch marks (for these, the Face&Body RetinALL 0.05% Cream with a stable form of retinal is recommended)
- Reduction of TEWL (transepidermal water loss)
- Mature skin
- Severe active atopic dermatitis (eczema) on the face
- Skin infection
- Skin abrasions, scratches
- Irritated or dry skin
Retinal - Who is it for?
When introduced properly into skincare, retinal can be considered a relatively universal cosmetic ingredient. It is suitable for individuals with acne-prone skin, visible hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging. Cosmetics with retinal are also suitable for those who want to slow down the skin's aging processes. Retinal has a faster action than retinol while posing a lower risk of adverse effects. Therefore, it is a better choice for sensitive skin.
How to use cosmetics with retinal?
Similar to retinol, when incorporating retinal into your skincare routine, it is important to exercise caution and start with low concentrations. The process should be based on gradually building tolerance. Begin by using the product twice a week, gradually increasing the frequency every 2-3 weeks. Apply cosmetics with retinal during your evening skincare routine and remember to apply a high SPF 50 sunscreen in the morning. Vitamin A derivatives sensitize the skin to UV radiation. It is also important to avoid using products with retinoids if your skin is irritated or dry.
How to Apply Retinal: Tips and Guidelines:
- Apply the Cream with Stable Form of Retinal to the entire face, cleansing for 1 minute. Gently pat dry the face and wait for at least 5-10 minutes before applying the facial cream.
- Apply the Cream with Stable Form of Retinal to the dry skin of the face, using a pea-sized amount. Spread it evenly across the entire face.
- Wait for 30-40 minutes after applying the Cream with Stable Form of Retinal (this is an optional retinoid activation time).
- Then gently massage a lipid-rich facial cream into the skin.
- After each application of the Cream with Stable Form of Retinal, wash your hands thoroughly.
- In the first few days of introducing retinoids, the facial and eyelid skin may experience slight irritation. Take breaks of a few days to allow the skin to regenerate.