Skincare 101: How does retinol reduce skin aging?

If some of your skincare concerns at the moment include wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and texture, then adding retinol to your routine might help.

Retinol is a familiar ingredient found in many skin care products because of its claimed ability to visibly eliminate wrinkles and other noticeable signs of aging. 

However, despite the benefits it offers, it can be a tricky ingredient for people with sensitive skin. Its potency causes many side effects, including dryness, redness, and peeling, usually in the early stages of use. 

Without expert guidance, applying retinol to the skin can cause more inconvenience than benefit to the user, which is why it’s important to know what retinol is as well as what type of skin you have before testing out several products.

What is retinol?

According to Healthline, Retinol is vitamin A derivatives primarily used to treat anti-aging concerns as well as acne. In a very scientific explanation, “retinol helps neutralize free radicals to boost the production of elastin and collagen. This creates a “plumping” effect that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. At the same time, retinol has an exfoliating effect on the skin’s surface that can further improve texture and tone.”

Beauty enthusiast and vlogger Anne Clutz shares her experience with Luxe Organix Age Rewind serum, which contains retinol in this vlog. According to Anne, it helped in diminishing visible laugh lines and made her skin plumped. 

On the other hand, beauty vlogger Cathy on Skincare reveals the benefits of retinol in this video. “Retinol is the only proven ingredient to help prevent premature aging and reverse the effects of sun damage,” Cathy shares on the vlog.  

If you’re curious about this star ingredient, here are three crowd-favorite retinol skincare products as seen on Anne Clutz and Cathy on Skincare, which are all available in the country if you’re planning to give them a try!

Luxe Organix Age Reverse Serum Vitamin A 2.5%   (P499)

Luxe Organix Age Reverse Serum’s potent blend of Retinol and Hydrolyzed Collagen is said to help in getting rid of early signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, as one of the most effective active ingredients to improve skin elasticity and firmness, your skin will look and feel more vibrant with every use.


Drunk Elephant A-Passioni™ Retinol Skincare Cream (P4,360)

Drunk Elephant’s A-Passioni is formulated with 1.0% vegan retinol with nourishing, superfood-rich ingredients, which claims to dramatically diminish the appearance of skin’s fine lines, deep wrinkles, and sun damage. 

Retinol and supportive peptides restore bounce, resilience, and a brighter clarity to skin while helping to even skin tone and texture—without the associated redness and irritation. Think of it as a reboot to your skin back to its healthiest, most youthful state. 

Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum (P4,950)

Kiehl’s recognizes that products with retinol need to be introduced gradually into a person’s skincare routine, so they’ve developed a breakthrough approach to this serum called micro-dosing. The serum is formulated in a precise dose, carefully calibrated to promote cellular transformation. Its formula helps to strengthen the skin barrier and increase skin tolerance to retinol from the first application. 

The product’s formulation contains peptides, which support and sustain retinol’s repair benefits, and ceramides, which release vital skin barrier lipids to build retinol tolerance and prevent dryness. 

Have you tried incorporating retinol in your skincare regimen? Let us know your experience in the comments below! 

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