Retinols are fundamentally a derivative of vitamin A, a dietary supplement important for the growth and development of your body and for the maintenance of the immune system. Retinols are highly effective in unclogging pores, boosting collagen production to reduce fine lines and speeding cell turnover to even out discolouration and smooth the skin. When it is applied on your skin, enzymes in your body convert it to the active form of vitamin A, retinoic acid, which in turn acts to heal and repair your skin.
How do you use retinols?
A dermatologist’s prescription is the best way to start using retinols in your beauty regimen. You can also use over-the-counter retinol-based creams or serums available at the local pharmacy. If you are using retinols on your own, make sure you start with products having a 1-2% retinol base. This makes sure you give your skin enough time to get adjusted to the ingredient. Never apply retinols during the day as it makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, leading to quicker and easier sunburns. Retinol-based products cause peeling of the outer layer of your skin which is why you might experience some dryness. Retinol works to help reduce the look of damaged skin, minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles, prevent blemishes and even your skin tone.
What are some natural sources of retinol?
Carrot and Almond oil
Grind a carrot into paste-like consistency and add a few drops of almond oil to the mixture. Apply this paste all over your face and neck region and leave it to dry for about 15 minutes. Then rinse your face with cold water. This mixture hydrates your skin, fades hyper pigmentation and even prevents cystic acne and eczema because of the carotene pigment in carrots. It also helps to fight and reduce pimples.
Guava and Watermelon
Make a paste of guava and watermelon. Apply this mixture to your face and scrub your face gently with it. Massage your skin with this mixture so the skin soaks up the nutrients from the mixture. This vitamin and mineral-rich fluid will keep your skin supple and hydrated through the night and well into the next day. The hydrating properties of this mask helps reduces fine lines, wrinkles and signs of ageing. It also gives your skin an exfoliating boost and makes it plump.