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Retinol – step by step treatment

Retinol – what is it?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which is converted into retinoic acid in the skin. This substance has very well-tested and documented anti-aging, anti-acne and depigmenting properties. However, treatments using retinol should be carried out with great caution, especially if we plan to introduce more professional concentrations of this vitamin.


Types of retinol treatment


Normalization of the maturation process of epidermal cells. Proper growth and differentiation of epithelial cells, accelerating the keratinization process. In the epidermis, the keratinized layer becomes shallower and the living layers thicken. The anti-wrinkle and anti-aging effect is based on phenomena occurring in the dermis. Collagen is re-formed, both type VII fibers strengthening the dermal-epidermal adhesion zone, and collagen I, which is the main supporting fiber of the skin (these reactions are visible after approximately 10 months of use). Retinol supports the formation of new blood vessels in the skin, which determines the proper nutrition and oxygenation of the connective tissue and epidermis, which is very important in the case of aging skin.


Retinol supports the fight against acne and nourishes oily and atopic skin. It regulates sebum secretion, reduces the tendency to develop blackheads and accelerates the healing process. The moisturizing properties of retinol make it a product also suitable for the care of dry, flaky skin and rosacea.


Brightens sun and hormonal spots and discolorations. The mechanism of the brightening action is both:accelerating exfoliation, as well as a direct impact on the abnormal stimulation of melanosomes, which under the influence of retinolare smaller and contain less dye.

Hydrogenated retinol in Lynia products

Hydrogenated retinol is a modified form of new generation retinol that is highly stable to sunlight, oxidation and temperature. It has a low irritation potential while being highly effective. The retinol we offer, by stimulating hyaluronic acid in fibroblasts, has a strong moisturizing effect, prevents the formation of wrinkles, and has a slightly exfoliating and revitalizing effect. It neutralizes free radicals, regulates the exfoliation processes of the epidermis and smoothes the skin. It is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. High photoprotection is necessary during use.


Anti-Aging Treatment – what can you expect?

The first few or a dozen or so weeks of the action of retinoids can be compared to the action of popular acids - mainly AHA, but also BHA or PHA. The skin becomes visibly smoother, brighter and more even, and over time superficial discolorations begin to disappear. A combination of retinoids with anti-aging ingredients or ingredients that comprehensively combat persistent wrinkles, i.e.neuropeptides makes the effects even faster. Their presence strengthens, complements and intensifies most treatments aimed at improving the condition of the skin. Approximately in the third month of regular use, the stimulated skin begins to produce collagen more intensively - this is the period when the real anti-aging effect is manifested. Retinol is the only substance used in cosmetics that actually eliminates the signs of aging. Therefore, it is worth introducing it into your care. 


Before you start

Retinol and its derivatives are not currently regulated by Regulation. 1223/2009, but there are SCCS guidelines on the safe use of retinol and its derivatives (binding for the cosmetics industry). The recommended safe concentration of retinol, retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate as cosmetic ingredients at maximum use concentrations is 0.3% in hand and face creams, as well as in other rinse-off and leave-on products. In body lotions: 0.05%.  

Therefore, any facial cream or serum containing retinol in a concentration above 0.3% is considered a product for professional use. The restrictions are caused by the introduction of a limit for the safe daily dose of retinol: 3,000 μg/day/adult. Therefore, all products containing doses of retinol >0.3% should be used at home no more than 1-2 times a week (depending on the concentration).


10 rules for retinol treatment

  1. Moisturize your skin. 

  2. Use UV protection – cream with SPF >30 is the absolute minimum.

  3. Apply products with retinol in the evening to dry skin - after a few minutes, apply a moisturizing cosmetic.

  4. Introduce retinol slowly. Stick to the plan and, if necessary, irritations – take a step back.

  5. Use mild detergents - oils, foams and gels.

  6. Give up acids. At least in the first 3 months. After this time, you can use mild PHA acids.

  7. Do not combine niacinamide and l-ascorbic acid in high concentrations in one routine with retinol. 

  8. Use salicylic acid spot-wise - maximum 2 times a week.

  9. Give up abrasive peelings - love enzymes.

  10. Use high concentrations of 0.3% maximum twice a week.  

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