Top 10 Retinol Products for 2010
With the new year upon us, all I can think about are ways to rejuvenate and repair my skin. I suppose it’s “the resolving to get better” phrase that I keep hearing over and over in my mind. And nothing makes me think of rejuvenation of the skin quite like chemical exfoliation. And nothing rings truer for the most effective way of this type of exfoliation than retinol products, at least not when you’re referring to the top of the line in retinols. So I’ve decided to make my top ten list of retinol products for 2010 and share them with you!
First here’s a brief definition of retinol:
Retinol skin care products are available in an array of creams, gels and serums that contain derivatives of vitamin A. These retinoids work exceptionally well when it comes to repairing, normalizing, maintaining and treating the health of the skin’s collagen. The products work by exfoliating the skin for a dramatic effect in cellular turnover, unveiling a youthful glow and a softer, more supple skin with improved clarity. Having said all that, there are some warnings such as sun sensitivity and some product information you will need to be aware of before starting a regimen with retinol skin care products. However, if you use as directed and purchase high quality products with an effective amount of retinol potency, you will love your skin like never before. Many products may be used on all types of skin but as I mentioned, be sure you’re using the correct retinol product for you.
Here are the best retinol products on the market:
AFIRM 1X, AFIRM 2X and AFIRM 3X – AFIRM is highly effective but gentle on the skin. The three step system allows users to chose based on skin type and to gradually acclimate to higher levels of retinol. If you are sensitive or are new to retinols, start with AFIRM 1X. If your skin is fairly normal or you have acclimated to the 1X and are ready to take the next step, you can use the AFIRM 2X. If your skin is tolerant and you have acclimated to the 2X, the AFIRM 3X is your choice.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 and SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 – Like Affirm, SkinCeuticals also offers choices depending on skin type and tolerance. Beginners and sensitive types can start with the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5. Once acclimated, you can move to the SkinCeuticals 1.0 provided your skin is tolerant enough to handle the higher concentration. Both products are very light and leave a nice, matte finish on the skin.
PCA Skin Retinol Renewal Phaze 26 – This retinol formula actually increases water content in the skin so it’s ideal for those experiencing dehydration. The formula by PCA Skin also offers superior antioxidant protection.
EmerginC Multivitamin and Retinol Serum - EmerginC created and exceptional multivitamin formula for increased protection against skin damage. It’s ideal for those suffering from rosacea and sensitive skin. The serum calms redness and improves the appearance of broken capillaries.
Topix Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 2X, 3X, 5X and 10X – The Topix system has a whopping 4 levels to accommodate every skin type and allow users to acclimate. Similar to the AFIRM system, the retinol virgin and anyone who is sensitive should start with the Topix Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 2X. Move on to the Topix Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 3X which is suitable for normal types. Then proceed to Topix Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 5X for tolerant skin. The Topix Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 10X is the strongest formula available, suitable for tolerant skin acclimated to the lower levels of retinol.
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM - The formula contains a combination of retinol along with Vitamins C and E for exceptional antioxidant protection. Make sure you shake well to mix everything. I was told by a Peter Thomas Roth representative that this is not a good choice for oily types as it can clog pores if not mixed properly.
Philosophy On A Clear Day Retinol Clarifying Lotion – This is a great choice for anyone wanting anti-aging and anti-blemish benefits. This product from philosophy is a multi-tasking product that improves skin texture and color while also minimizing large pores and acne scars.