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One drop at a time: Incorporating retinoids in skincare

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Retinoids go by many names, which can be confusing when you’re at the beauty counter, looking for a product formulated with it. Not many people know what different kinds of retinoids are and how they work, and that is enough to make anyone stop their search.

But that would be a mistake.

The benefits of retinoids far outweigh the trouble it takes to understand them and with our help, it’s going to be easy. You’ll soon realise the power of retinoids and learn how to incorporate them into your skincare routine.

Now, let’s dive in.

What are retinoids?

Retinoid  is a term referring to a chemical derived from vitamin A. There is a host of different vitamin A derivatives– retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinoic acid and isotretinoin—or, Accutane as it’s commonly known.

These are classified as retinoids, and all of them vary in strength and potency. Pure retinoic acid, for example, is only available through prescription medication while other forms like retinol, are widely available in over-the-counter beauty products.

To explore the differences between retinol and other retinoids, read our blog on the difference between retinol and retinoid.

What is bio-retinoid?

Bio-retinoid is not related in any way to vitamin A. But it has a retinoid-like effect on the skin that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also tends to be gentle on the skin, making it the perfect ingredient to incorporate into your routine if you have sensitive skin.

REN Clean Skincare uses a plant-derived alternative to retinoid. Called Bidens Pilosa, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How do retinoids affect the skin?

Research has proven that vitamin A and its derivatives are among the most effective substances at slowing visible signs of ageing. This is where the great benefit of using retinoids in skincare lies, but that’s not the only one.

Reduce the signs of ageing

Retinoids are best known for their anti-ageing properties. They help improve skin firmness. In doing so, they encourage the look of healthy skin and—here’s the kicker—reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time. This wrinkle-fighting ingredient is an excellent choice if you experience visible signs of ageing skin, or if you want to help prevent those signs. While this is reason enough to pick up a bottle with retinoids at the top of the ingredients list, it certainly is not the only reason to pursue these products.

Reduce the appearance of sun damage

Retinoids not only help firm the skin, but also lighten the appearance of dark spots, which can appear due to sun damage. As dark spots are reduced, skin tone becomes even. For this reason, retinoids are often used to improve discolouration from causes other than sun damage.

Fight blemishes

When skin cell renewal process is long, old skin cells are on the skin surface longer, which can contribute to clogged pores. A speedy cell renewal means clearer pores and better-looking skin.

The list goes on

These are just a few of the benefits of retinoids. Depending on the type of retinoid, it may also be used to help even skin texture, treat blemishes or soothe skin, and enhance radiance. It truly is an ingredient of many talents.

How to incorporate retinoids into your skincare

Naturally, this holy grail ingredient is featured in many skincare products for its benefits. And while it’s easy to find retinoids on any beauty retailer’s shelf, it’s harder to find which retinoid products are right for you. So we’ll help you sift through the labels and land on the suitable ones for you.

Evaluate your skin type

Your skin type plays a vital role in the ingredients, and combination of ingredients, you can tolerate. Because retinoids vary in strength, it’s essential to choose something your skin can handle. If you have sensitive skin or dry skin, you will be better off with a lower-strength formula, such as a product containing retinol or a natural retinol alternative.

Our line of Bio Retinoid™ skincare contains Bidens Pilosa, a plant-derived alternative that is suitable for sensitive skin. It features an age-defying moisturiser and oil formulated to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—and boasts consumer study results to prove it. These products are designed for mature skin, but they’re suitable for anyone who wants to experience plumper, hydrated and visibly younger-looking skin.

If you want to try more potent retinoids, such as those that require a prescription, we recommend discussing your options with your dermatologist, who can recommend a formula that is suitable with your skin type.

Start slow

How often should you use retinoid when you start? When incorporating any new ingredient into your skincare routine, it’s a good idea to incorporate it slowly. What do we mean? Well, start by applying the retinoid product once or twice a week at night and see how your skin reacts.

If you don’t experience any irritation, then apply it every other night. Stronger retinoids, in particular, are more likely to cause irritation, so always apply with care and call your dermatologist if you experience any side effects.

For a night routine that will leave your skin radiating vitality, check out our line of Bio Retinoid products, powered by Bidens Pilosa, our plant-derived alternative to retinoid.

After cleansing, apply Bio Retinoid™ Youth Serum. This serum combines Ceramides and Niacinamide to help firm, even tone and pigmentation, plump, smooth and improve elasticity. Massage onto your face, neck and décolleté until fully absorbed.

Follow up with Bio Retinoid™ Youth Concentrate Oil. Just warm five drops in the palm of your hand and apply on your skin by gently patting it over your face, neck and décolleté. In addition to the natural retinoid alternative, this product features Organic Rosehip Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil to nourish the skin intensely.

Follow with one to two pumps of Bio Retinoid™ Youth Cream. Massage it over your face and neck, working in upwards and outwards until it is fully absorbed. This product also features our natural retinoid alternative, as well as Red Algae extract for an instant visible-lift effect, and Olive Leaf extract to help prevent loss of firmness while protecting the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental pollution.

In the morning, after cleansing, toning and applying face serum, reach for Bio Retinoid Youth Cream and apply it using the same method. Follow with sunscreen and you’re ready to take on the day.

Complement your routine

Retinoids are fabulous to work into your skincare routine, and you can do so easily. They are especially beneficial to support anti-ageing efforts, but they aren’t the only ingredients you need for visibly healthy skin. Sunscreen, of course, is a critical component of complete skin care and is your best defence against the visible signs of ageing. And vitamin C has a host of benefits too. There are so many incredible ingredients you can use to protect, nourish and care for your skin, and if you prioritise these in addition to retinoids, you will see wonderful results.

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