Happy National Healthy Skin Month!  Who doesn’t want amazing looking skin?  Most everyone knows that our skin is our largest organ, but when you think about it how well do you take care of that very large organ?  It might be the largest but it can also be one of the most neglected.  I have recently been introduced to the world of Retinols and it is something I wanted to share with everyone.  During Healthy Skin Month I ask that each of you evaluate just how much love your skin gets and then consider adding some Retinol superpower to your regimen.  The below information has been provided by PCA Skin.

What is retinol?: The superhero ingredient of skincare
Retinol gets a lot of attention for its skin health benefits, including the increase in your skin’s natural cell turnover rate, removal of dead skin cells that clog pores and an increase in collagen production. With all of these amazing skin benefits, what is retinol exactly?

Retinol is a member of the vitamin A family called retinoids, which your body requires for healthy bone growth and a strong immune system. While our bodies don’t naturally produce vitamin A, foods including sweet potatoes, carrots and dark leafy greens contain high amounts of vitamin A to help your body meet its minimum requirements.

However, your skin is the last organ to get the vitamins you consume, so relying solely on diet won’t provide many vitamin A benefits to the skin. Topical application is the best way to reap the many anti-aging and healthy skin benefits that vitamin A has to offer.

There are many different forms of vitamin A, all part of the retinoid family. These include retinol, retinaldehyde, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and the active form, retinoic acid. When applied to the skin, vitamin A goes through a conversion process, eventually turning into retinoic acid that interacts with your skin directly. PCA SKIN® chooses to formulate with retinol because it is more stable than many other forms and has a shorter conversion in the skin than some other over-the-counter vitamin A options. The shorter conversion means that more of the retinol applied actually gets converted to retinoic acid, delivering the power of the ingredient. Longer conversion times reduce the amount of retinoic acid eventually created, resulting in less dramatic changes in the skin.

Now that you know what it is, here are 3 products at Kneaded Relief that contain Retinol

Intensive Brightening Treatment:
Lifts and improves discolorations
Brightens skin tone for a healthy, luminous glow
Unique pairing of retinol and resveratrol for increased brilliance

Intensive Clarity Treatment:
Clear acne breakouts
Support a clear complexion and strengthen skin
Strengthen and protect skin with retinopeptide and plant stem cell extract technology

Intensive Age Refining Treatment:
Strengthen skin with minimal irritation
Reduce age-related skin yellowing and redness
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and firm the skin with retinopeptide and stem cell extract technology

If you have any further questions regarding your skin care regimen, please consider booking a complimentary skin consultation with one of our knowledgeable Estheticians.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and new PCA user

PCA Skin for more information