October 20, 2021

Retinols. How do they work and why we reach for Skinbetter Science Alpharet everytime?

As we age, our skin faces the ravages of time. Collagen production slows, skin loses its plumpness, sun damage begins to appear, and you’ll start to notice wrinkles, age spots, and dryness. Fortunately, one ingredient has been proven by science to be able to address all these problems. Retinoids, a class of compounds derived from Vitamin A, are quickly becoming a woman’s best friend and greatest weapon against aging skin. FDA approved Retinoids are the most used and studied anti-aging compounds.

Retinol is a gold-standard ingredient in skin care because it alters the behavior of aged cells, so they act in a more youthful manner

How Do They work?

Our skin cells have a receptor for retinoic acid. Retinoic acid functions like a wake-up call for our skin cells to do their job right. As skin cells age, they can sometimes behave erratically or slowly. The small molecules that make up retinol go deep beneath the epidermis (outer layer of skin) to your dermis. Once in the epidermis, retinoids help to increase our cellular turnover which causes our skin to regenerate more quickly and increase collagen production. Leaving your skin more youthful, vibrant, and refreshed.

Retinol is primarily used to treat:
• acne
• fine lines
• wrinkles
• age (sun) spots, brown spots, and other signs of sun damage
• uneven skin texture
• types of hyperpigmentation
• large pores
• oily skin
• collagen loss

Retinol helps neutralize free radicals to boost the production of elastin and collagen. This helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. Retinol has an exfoliating effect on the skin’s surface that further improves texture and tone, keeps pores unclogged, and helps remove dead skin cells. It’s safe to say all types of skin can benefit from the powers of a retinol!  

Now, since retinol is such a powerful ingredient, it can take time for the skin to adjust. As it is first added to a skin regimen, excess dryness, irritation, and even breakouts can occur, which can last for weeks. Sometimes the initial side effects are so bad that people stop using it completely, missing out on all the benefits of a retinoid. Luckily, we have a solution to this problem! Enter Skinbetter Science Alpharet.

AlphaRet® is a patented technology that successfully combines a retinoid and an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for effective and tolerable skin rejuvenation. The award-winning collection Skinbetter Science has created is the latest innovation in retinoid renewal, delivering remarkable results, with little-to-no irritation often experienced with retinols and other retinoid products. Skinbetter Science products are purposefully developed and only available through authorized providers such as our Med Spa located in Genesee County of Fenton, MI.

There are 5 potent products containing the AlphaRet® Technology to help address all our skin-aging concerns:

AlphaRet® Overnight Cream-

A skin care cream that significantly reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and texture in as little as four weeks, with little-to-no irritation. Provides moisture to help counteract dryness associated with traditional retinoid-based products. Helps neutralize free radicals with its blend of antioxidants.

AlphaRet® Clearing Serum-

Leveraging their award-winning patented AlphaRet® Technology, this serum is formulated with salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and additional pore-cleansing, hydrating, and soothing ingredients, to rejuvenate and clarify the appearance of oilier, blemish-prone skin.

AlphaRet® Exfoliating Peel Pads-

These pads featuring a triple-acid (glycolic, lactic and salicylic) formulation, enhanced with the patented retinoid, AlphaRet®. They work to exfoliate and hydrate the skin, leaving it smooth and bright. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pores, and rough patches, removes dead skin to help prevent clogged pores, and improves the appearance of skin imperfections.

EyeMax AlphaRet®-

Bringing the power of AlphaRet® Technology to the delicate eye area in an optimized formulation to significantly improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, texture, darkness, and puffiness in as early as 4 weeks of nightly use. This hydrating complex provides rich, luxurious moisture to support the barrier of the delicate skin around the eyes while antioxidants provide defense against environmental stressors.

Since our skin collagen production significantly reduces by 1% each year as we reach the age of 25, we suggest beginning on your retinoid journey as you reach your mid to late-20s. You don’t want to wait until you notice signs of aging to start using retinol, rather be diligent with the usage of this ingredient for preventive measures. It’s also never too late to reverse the ravages of time with a Skinbetter Science AlphaRet® regimen. Contact us now to find out what products will be best for your skin care goals! Book online now.