Deciding on an effective anti-ageing skin care regime can be confusing. There are literally thousands of creams, serums, lotions and potions on the market, many of which seem to offer the secret to eternal youth. The reality is that you can spend a lot of money on expensive creams that make little or no difference. There are relatively few ingredients that have been put through rigorous medical testing and have been shown to be effective against skin ageing. The good news is, we know what they are, and we'll be sharing our favourites with you over the next few months!
Retinol or Vitamin A was one of the first skin creams scientifically proven to have an anti-ageing effect on the skin. Studies have shown that Retinol can help reduce wrinkles, reduce acne, exfoliate dead skin cells, diminish pore size and reduce pigmentation. You need a reasonable amount of retinol (0.3 and above) in the cream or serum to get results. If the retinol ingredient is listed way down the bottom of the ingredient list it probably means it’s included at tiny levels and is unlikely to be effective.
When starting any Retinol product, it is best to start gently (by using only 2 – 3 times per week and slowly increasing to nightly use) to avoid irritation such as redness and flaking. We love (and stock) Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus, which combines 1% Retinol with alpha hydroxy acids ($129). Once you have been using a Retinol product for 4 weeks or more, a Retinol peel can be a great way to boost the results.