When it comes to anti-aging, the remedy appears to be all around us. Products never cease to offer the ultimate antidote to aging, promising to turn back the clock and restore a youthful glow. Various ingredients are showcased and emphasized bright and bold on packaging as “proven effective”, but what do we really know about these ingredients?
Standing out among active ingredients are those that come from a class called Retinoids. Retinoids such as the alcohol form of Vitamin A, which is labeled as Retinol, or the acid form of Vitamin A, which is labeled as Retinoic Acid, have been on top for over 25 years. With so many doctors and beauty companies on the hunt for the next big anti-aging product, why do Retinoic Acid and Retinol still have so much appeal? The answer that is confirmed by medical professionals and scientists alike is simple: They work!
A rich body of clinical research repeatedly confirms the effectiveness of retinoids on a molecular level. Skin cells contain retinoid receptors that help regulate how the cell functions. As people age, their cells behave more erratically, producing less and less collagen to repair sun and environmental damage, causing skin to wrinkle, sag, and lose fullness. Consistent topical use of a retinoid helps normalize the cells, promoting new keratin synthesis for the top layer of skin. In addition, it promotes retention and new formation of collagen and elastin which give skin its structure, firmness, and elasticity.
While retinoid-containing products are widely available over the counter, we examined in a previous blog entry the problem with a low-dose active ingredient presence made for the masses. Simply put, they don’t work. At ENHANCE Aesthetic Arts, we offer higher concentrations of retinol and accompanying products with complimentary ingredients, based on patients’ individual needs. You can attain many more prescription quality skincare products at our office, where you will have the opportunity to be seen by an esteemed dermatologist and plastic surgeon in Brooklyn, NY. Schedule a FREE consultation and let us help you get rejuvenated, youthful, and radiant skin.