What is collagen and why is it so important?
Collagen functions as the support system of the skin, providing firmness and elasticity. As we age, the body naturally produces less collagen which leads to skin thinning, sagging and wrinkle production.
According to my dermatologist, using retinol, a vitamin-A derivative, is the only substance proven to increase collagen content in your skin. Retinol, paired with healthy habits such as exercising, hydrating and using sunscreen, provides the basis for an effective skincare routine.
How do retinoids Work?
Retinol is by nature an irritant. It essentially micro-wounds your skin to spur cell turnover and promote new growth. Over time, retinol thickens the dermis and stimulates the production of collagen.
Where can I purchase a retinoid?
Prescription retinoids can only be purchased through a dermatologist. According to Chicago-based dermatologist Carolyn Jacob, MD, prescription retinoids are “100 times as potent as the retinol-containing products sold without prescription*.” A $60, .7 oz tube of prescription Tretinoin lasts me 3 months.
Is a retinoid a good option for me?
Visit a dermatologist to learn if this vitamin-A derivative would be a good addition to your skincare routine.
*Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/retinoids-for-aging-skin#1
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