Should you consider using a Retinol cream?
Yes! It’s hands down one of the best known anti-aging products available. After decades of research, retinoids have been shown in studies as one of the most, if not the most, effective ingredient for turning around aging skin. They have been proven to smooth fine lines, fade age spots, reduce pores, and even cure some types of acne. Unfortunately, these vitamin-A derivatives cause so much irritation that most people give up using them before they ever have a chance to do their magic…..
To those people we say, why not give Babyface’s Night Renewal Cream a try! Gentle, no irritation, and yet still effective. Our pure Retinol is less irritating than prescription retinoids and even the cheaper versions of over-the-counter vitamin A products. Pure Retinol is partially converted already, so you are getting a far superior ingredient than what is typically used in Retinol creams. Our effective formula was created to be a practical product that you can use daily. While not as fast acting as a prescription cream, the Retinol in Night Renewal Creme is converted to Retinoic acid slower and therefore there is little or no irritation. Compared to Retin-A, which usually produces results in about 4-8 weeks, the Night Renewal Creme is around 12 weeks.
What are Retinoids? What do they do?
Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, stimulate collagen production to reduce fine lines, and boost cell turnover to even out discoloration and give the skin a smoother appearance. Depending on the strength used, results can be seen as soon as four weeks. Tretinoin, the first retinoid (branded Retin-A) was first used about 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Patients soon were delighted to discover that when using it they experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin.
While prescription formulas yield the most impressive results, there is also the downside of skin irritation. Some experience more than others, but if you are one of those who just can’t deal with the red, itchy, constantly flaking skin – the Babyface Night Renewal Crème is a great option, and can also improve lines and discoloration, or as an acne treatment. Our retinol cream is gradually converted into retinoic acid (the active ingredient in the prescription creams) and results are seen at around 12 weeks for most people. Some will respond very quickly, but we do suggest giving it 3 months for real results.
Will it make my skin sun-sensitive?
This is one of the biggest retinoid myths. The ingredient itself is sensitive to sunlight, which is why you should apply it before bed at night, but using a retinoid shouldn’t make your skin any more vulnerable to UV rays than it would be after buffing away dead skin with a face scrub. Summer is actually a good time to start a retinoid: Humidity makes your skin less likely to dry out as it adjusts. You can also simulate this by using a few drops of our Hyaluronic Acid Serum under the cream at night. Of course, getting in the habit of using sunscreen (SPF 30, at least) is always recommended.
- Don’t use a retinoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids may deactivate retinoids, so don’t layer them.
- Waxing can cause excess redness on retinoid-treated skin; don’t use a retinoid for several days before a treatment.
- Keep out of reach from children. Should you should experience any irritation or an adverse reaction, discontinue use and consult a physician