Skin Care May 7, 2016

Encapsulated Retinol

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The skin care industry is on a massive upward spiral, with new products and technology coming out into the market constantly it can be hard to keep up with what’s the latest and greatest.  Retinol is an incredibly popular ingredient in a lot of different anti-aging skin care products.  Retinol is actually a form of Vitamin A, as well as an antioxidant and a fat-soluble vitamin.  Retinol has some great attributes and it’s said when used to its proper form it can help increase collagen production in your skin.  Because of the nature of retinol, it does have a tendency of losing some of its attributes and strength as it’s stored on shelves and overtime.  This is where the use of encapsulated retinol comes into play.  It’s a sensitive ingredient and so looking for a product in an airtight container is essential. Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to add a retinol product into your skincare routine.

You Get What You Pay
There are different strengths and forms of retinol products it’s often stated that retinol products that are purchased at dermatologists can be up to 20 percent stronger than those that are purchased over the counter.  That being said, there are higher quality products that will leave you with results similar (if not better) than those from dermatologists.

You May Be Sensitive
If you have sensitive skin retinol may cause your skin to get a bit tripped up.  Because of the strength of a retinol product, it’s important to make sure you find a formula that’s right for you and your skin.  Additionally, some experts suggest putting a small amount of the retinol product on after you cleanse and before you moisturize.  If you feel an uncomfortable feeling, you can wash it off after 15 minutes.  It’s known to still deliver results but allow the user to feel more comfortable and not have to deal with anything for long periods of time.  If you’re extra sensitive its advised not to use the retinol products more than 2-3 times per week.

Although some users can be sensitive to retinol there’s a lot of experiences that show encapsulated retinol is preventing sensitive skin users from having any negative side effects (or at least as many).  So the encapsulated retinol products are serving multiple purposes, allowing the product to not be exposed or altered during storage and preventing sensitive skin users from suffering any unwanted experiences.

With the way skin care and technology is moving, it’s hard to say what they’re going to come up with next.  Although there’s already some talk of microencapsulated retinol products that are starting to hit shelves, now.  With any skin care products, it’s important to do your research and know that the products you’re using are good for your skin, high quality, and won’t leave any negative long-term effects on your skin.  Our skin is the largest organ in our body, so we need to take care of it wisely!

What do you think of the encapsulated retinol products? Have you tried one, or will you?

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