Properties of retinol

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Retinol benefits and properties

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Retinol is effective to treat skin spots, wrinkles, pimples and other skin problems

What effects does retinol have?

From a food point of view, retinol, as a form of vitamin A, presents the properties of this vitamin.

Properties of retinol in cosmetics

Many people know retinol more for its cosmetic properties than as a form of vitamin A.

From a skin point of view, retinol used in cosmetics is presented as a less aggressive variety of retinoic acid. Although it does not have effects as immediate as the latter, it can be used in external use for a longer period of time and with fewer side effects.

Because of its antioxidant properties, retinol provides beauty to the skin by protecting it from free radicals. On the other hand, by eliminating dead cells, it exerts a “peeling” function and, by encouraging the production of collagen. It is able to regenerate the skin and prevent or reduce the destructive effects that age causes on it.

What applications does retinol have in cosmetics?

Retinol is considered as one of the most effective “anti-aging” products of the skin, that is, it is mainly used to prevent or treat the effects that time passes on the skin. Among the main applications we can find the following:

  • Wrinkle treatment (Used in the form of a cream it extends like a mask on the skin to eliminate wrinkles)
  • stretch marks treatment
  • Flaccidity treatment
  • Acne treatment: It is applied to the skin to reduce or eliminate pimples  or other acne symptoms.
  • Treatment of skin blemishes: Its use helps to lighten the skin, reducing the presence of spots, especially age spots.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

2 December, 2019

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