Retinol – your reputation precedes you. There is no golden nugget for anti-aging but if there was, this ingredient would be a worthy contender.
Retinol, which in the simplest terms is an antioxidant derivative of vitamin A, has a lot of street cred in the skincare circles because it has been proven to make a real difference to your skin. To explain, we’ve summarized some of the key benefits of retinol.
Collagen production is boosted
Collagen is what props up the skin, giving it structure, firmness and elasticity. Repeated sun exposure breaks down collagen and as we age, cells produce it less and less so that damage control is dramatically reduced. In turn, skin wrinkles, sags and loses plumpness.
Retinol boosts collagen and also prevent the rise of collagenase after UV exposure, which is responsible for depleted collagen levels in the first place.