Two Gentle Forms of Retinol For Your Anti-Aging Skincare Routine
It’s time for us to discuss an icon in the world of anti-aging skincare ingredients. Yes, I’m talking about retinol (i.e. retinoids, vitamin A derivatives). You may have heard of retinol, but how about its more gentle cousin, Retinyl Palmitate? Or its step brother, the retinoic ester Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate? In this article, we cover these two alternative, gentler forms of retinol, their affects to your skin, and why we chose to use them both in Stråla One.
So, What Are Retinoids? And, Any Side Effects When Used in Skincare?
And, although they are touted for their anti-aging benefits, retinoids can be too harsh for people with sensitive skin. Many people are all too familiar with the irksome side effects they can have, such as redness, itching, peeling, and a burning sensation, especially for those with more sensitive skin.
Retinyl Palmitate - The Mildest Form of Retinol
Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR): A Gentle Retinoic Acid Ester
Benefits: Retinyl Palmitate and Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) for the Face, Neck, Hands
- Promotion of skin cell rejuvenation and skin tone
- Reduction of hyperpigmentation and blemishes
- Unclogging of pores by reducing sebum production
- Slowing down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. helps thicken the dermis to slow down the formation of wrinkles.
- Hinders breakdown of collagen and stimulates production of collagen
Who should use Retinyl Palmitate and HPR?
Tips to Use Retinoids for Face, Neck, Hand Rejuvenation
Always apply a sunscreen when using retinoids in a skincare routine because they make skin more sensitive to sun exposure. Especially on places like your face, neck, hands, and arms, which are more consistently exposed to UV rays. In general, a good habit is to always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen during the day to protect yourself from UV A and UV B rays.
The anti-aging benefits to your face, neck, and hands from retinoids are compounded by the use of antioxidants. For instance, Stråla One contains ultra-concentrated antioxidant vitamins (C & E) in Nordic cloudberry to enhance the benefits from the Retinyl Palmitate and HPR in the formula. The cloudberry acts synergistically with the retinoids to target free-radical damage and reduce signs of aging. Together these two are powerful anti-aging agents.
Aging is a natural process that cannot be prevented. Over time sun exposure, stress, diet, and other factors can lead to dull, wrinkled skin. However, as the Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine, Heidi Waldorf says “retinoids as a class of ingredients are the ones with the most scientific evidence of anti-aging action,” and they’re here to stay.
Retinoids in Swedish Skincare
As always, research, experiment, innovate, do what is best for your skin, do whatever it is that makes you happiest. And, most importantly, continue to radiate!