This power substance has received more and more attention in recent years. And rightly so. There is a real hype! As a beauty junkie, you can't get past retinol any more! Why? Because retinol, better known as vitamin A, offers an extremely wide range of benefits for the skin and is also used in the skin care industry. Anti Aging care is used very successfully. With regular use, retinol gives the skin a real glow. The skin becomes more vibrant, softer and wrinkles are visibly reduced. To achieve the greatest possible success with the magic elixir for youthful skin, it is important to know as much as possible about it. Because knowledge is also power in the field of anti-aging. We explain here what exactly retinol does to your skin and what you need to bear in mind when using it.
What is retinol?
The active ingredient retinol belongs to the group of retinoids and is a natural vitamin A derivative (retinoic acid). This makes it a highly effective, yet very skin-friendly and well-tolerated form of the vitamin. Vitamin A is absolutely vital for the body, as it significantly supports many functions of the organism: For example, it boosts cell growth enormously and also strengthens the immune system. Vitamin A is also very important for the retina of the eyes, the mucous membranes and the skin in general. It is considered one of the most effective antioxidants that protects the cells of the body from harmful external influences.
How does retinol work?
What we love most about retinol? It is a true fountain of youth! It massively stimulates the skin's ability to regenerate, as it promotes the development of important horny cells, which in turn have an exfoliating effect on the skin and thus the pores are also reduced. The skin's appearance becomes more even. And thanks to its molecular structure, the active ingredient can even work in the deeper layers of the skin, where it properly stimulates the body's own collagen production. And a stable collagen framework in turn ensures firm connective tissue and optimal elasticity of the skin.
Retinol also helps the skin to keep its moisture balance and thus also helps against dry patches. The skin is thus strengthened and even thicker overall. An extremely important factor for stabilising the body's own skin protection barrier. All this makes retinol not only a popular miracle weapon in terms of anti-aging, but it is also successfully used in the fight against acne. Retinol is also always a good choice for redness and pigmentation spots, as its exfoliating and skin-renewing properties conjure up a more even complexion.
What are the different types of retinol?
Retinol can be applied in many different ways. And each type of application has its own special advantages.
Beautiful with the right foods
The good news is that vitamin A, or retinol, is found in many foods. These include meat, fish, liver, eggs and dairy products. But vegetarians and vegans can also rest easy: many plant foods contain beta-carotene. This is a kind of precursor of vitamin A. The body can convert it into pure vitamin A when ingested. Beta-carotene is found in carrots, tomatoes and red peppers, for example. So with the right foods, you can easily eat beautifully.
Retinol in food supplements
Whoever wants a balanced Nutrition If you can't always manage to get enough vitamin A in everyday stress, you can also help yourself with dietary supplements. Retinol in capsule or tablet form stimulates the organism. However, the daily requirement of vitamin A should not be exceeded. Therefore, always follow the product recommendation. An overdose of vitamin A from food supplements can cause nasty side effects such as headaches, nausea or even vision problems.
Skin care with retinol
Our skin is exposed to many disruptive factors, especially during the day: UV radiation, air pollution from fine dust, changing temperatures and much more. Retinol in day care has the task of protecting the skin precisely from these free radicals by strengthening the natural protective barrier. In addition, it moisturises and thus counteracts the natural ageing of the skin. Retinol is also a true anti-aging weapon during the nightly regeneration phase, which is why it should ideally also be included in the night cream. Retinol boosts the natural cell renewal process enormously.
By the way, retinol not only works wonders in facial care as a cream or serum. A body lotion with retinol is also highly recommended for the entire body, as it strengthens the connective tissue and can thus curb cellulite. And even for the hair, retinol is a boon: it promotes hair growth and, on top of that, the condition of the scalp.
Caution: Retinol and sun!
For a safe application, however, one should pay attention to a few things! One of the most important pieces of information, for example, is that although retinol protects against UV rays as an antioxidant, its exfoliating effect greatly increases the skin's sensitivity to light. In the absence of a sun protection factor, it can even promote pigmentation spots. Therefore, one should always use additional sun protection products. In case of sunburn, you should even temporarily stop using retinol.
Lavuj also swears by retinol
Our highly effective anti-aging cream by Lavuj also relies on the power of vitamin A and contains lots of retinol of the very best quality. With Lavuj, skin ageing on the face can actually be slowed down enormously and the first wrinkles disappear after just 24 hours. Apart from retinol, Lavuj's anti-ageing face care also contains 80 Daltons of hyaluronic acid. And: Retinol and Hyaluron are in combination an absolute power duo that has the skin's moisture balance perfectly under control. However, the other ingredients of Lavuj are also powerful: astaxanthin, mineral-rich ionic water, various high-quality herbal extracts and good healing oils join forces to provide the perfect, youthful glow on the face, which can even be compared to a Botox effect when used over 28 days. Lavuj is also completely hormone-free and 97% vegan and pampers sensitive skin. There are no known side effects. We are absolutely convinced of the effect of the Lavuj anti-aging cream!
Is it true that retinol should be discontinued during pregnancy?
This should be discussed individually with the doctor. According to scientific findings, retinol may pose a risk to the unborn child during pregnancy.
Who is retinol suitable for?
The good news is that when formulated correctly, retinol is suitable for all skin types and for both men and women.
Which is better for the skin: retinol or hyaluronic acid?
Both! One should not decide here. The combination of the two active ingredients is optimal, because together they represent a real anti-aging booster.