5 Minute Guide to Retinol Anti Aging Skin Care Products

‘Retinol’ is the term used to describe the most common retinyl palmitate in over-the-counter beauty creams. Providing a high concentration of products, retinyl palmitate reacts with natural enzymes in the skin to be converted into trans-retinoic acid. An acid is a form of Vitamin A that is beneficial to the skin.

The effect

These creams claim to make fine lines and wrinkles less visible, not too deep, skin more radiant and younger looking skin.

How does it work?

Providing a high concentration of products, retinyl palmitate reacts with natural enzymes in the skin to be converted into trans-retinoic acid. An acid is a form of Vitamin A that is beneficial to the skin. The skin reacts by producing more cells and new collagen. Collagen makes the old cells round and fulls defective. New cell production makes old cells rise to the surface where they are peeled off. This is what makes the ’emission’ happen – new cells are less pigmented because of less exposure to UV light.
Most OTC creams contain 2 – 10% and so far there is no ‘set’ standard for concentration.

Side effects controversy

Regular use of retinol over a counter cream can make photosensitive skin more sensitive (1). If using, always use sunscreen with high protection factors that are properly evaluated. Sensitive skin may react initially to the product. One of the best-selling is the British drugstore, Giant Boots’ No. 7 Protect and Perfect. Their spokesman suggested retinyl palmitate containing products such as brands should be slowly introduced to the skin. The best idea is to get professional advice if you buy. (2)

One very vocal critic is Giselle Mir, a former lawyer who transformed Cosmetics Scientists with their line of non-retinol products. Mir says irritation of the skin from using this product tends to cause premature aging due to loss of moisture in the outer layer of the skin (3).

Disclaimer Important: There are no suggestions above that can replace professional or medical skin care advice – please only consult a medical doctor and general dermatologist who is qualified for serious skin complaints. This information is not sponsored by manufacturers here but may reflect their claims and this site cannot be held responsible for claims made.