At the age of 52, my skin seemed to be acquiring new wrinkles almost overnight.
If that wasn't bad enough, I noticed a couple of my friends seemed to be getting younger and fresher by the day.
While I was out there spending money I didn’t have on lotions and potions that promised to banish my lines, it was as if these friends had discovered the fountain of youth.
Okay, not quite, but there was definitely something different...
My friends have a glow that wasn’t there before, a radiance that seemed to be coming from within.
Well, after some mild interrogation (ie. TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS) it turned out the one thing they had in common is that they were using retinoids--in their cases a gentler form of retinoid called retinol.
At last! I thought I could stop throwing money I didn’t have at lotions that promised the earth but did absolutely nothing for my skin other than moisturize!
So What Are Retinoids?
Retinoids, I discovered, are a form of vitamin C scientifically proven to have anti-aging properties.
In fact, according to a 2007 study from the University of Michigan, Retinoids are the only topical treatment available for long-term reduction in wrinkles, as well as other types of sun damage (so much for all those promises made by the sales assistants pushing their latest and greatest skin creams!)
While I did initially try a high strength retinoid prescribed by my doctor, I gave up after a few weeks because my skin hated it.
I knew going in that there is a period of a few weeks where your skin purges--once you get past that, the retinoid starts doing its job, but for me the burning and itching were too much to ask.
The prescription tube went in the trash after a month or so. It was just too strong.
I was thrilled when my doctor told me that a more natural form of retinoid works just as well, without the side-effects. It's called Retinol.
I was thrilled when my doctor told me to stick with Retinol. It works just as well as an anti-aging agent--maybe even better on my sensitive skin.
The most important factor, she said, is CONSISTENCY.
Stick with it and you will see results. Simple.
How Does Retinol Work?