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Mary Lawson-Evans
Mary is an advanced skin care professional and Salon Owner. She specializes in detailed skin analysis, Environ...
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5 reason's to use Retinol - Stratford upon Avon

Breaking NEWS - not all Retinols/Retiniods are equal FACT!

Mary lawson-Evans

So this is an indepth subject which I have tried to summarise to help with your Age management.

Retinol is ONE specific ingredient, Retinoids are a group of Vitamin A derivatives - Which work smiliar in the skin to boost cell turnover, improve skin tone & texture, boosting collagen production and fighting off fine lines & wrinkles. Of all the retinoids - retinolic acid (AKA tretinoin) is the only retinoid in its pure form - PRESCRIPTION ONLY, THE BOSS.

Other retinoids found more commonly in Over The Counter products are retinyl palmitate, retinol acetate and retinol to name a few - well these guys have to go through a conversion process to turn into retinoic acid before your skin can make use of it. The more steps in the conversion process the weaker the retinoid.

Are Retinol and Retinal the same?

Yes they are both vitamin A derivatives a pre-cursor to retinoic acid,  and will:-

Increase cell turnover

Stimulate cell procution

Even skin tone

Decrease fine lines & wrinkles

Helps to keep pores clear

Will Retinol give the same results as Retin A (tretinoin)?

Technically YES, Retinol and Retin A do the same thing. But Retinol and its vitamin A derivitives are  weaker than Retin A (Aka Tretinoin) remember is THE BOSS and prescription only. So even in its weakest form Retin A is still stronger than Retinol in its strongest form.

There are different forms of retinol so have a look on your products list of ingredients and see where it sits if it is near the bottom of the list then it will be pretty ineffective. Every product brand has its own priorities. A bit like buying paracetomol you can buy it for 45p in poundland or £2.50 in Boots there are different qualities, brands and effectiveness. If you are looking to give your skin a boost or are working to manage your skin ageing then a vitamin A  is a practical choice. Look for it in your moisturiser or serums.

Moving onto Cosmeceuticals) The word describes a product that is a cross between a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical  and sits in between and OTC product and a prescription. We have two in the salon, used by us because they are backed by science and have taken years of research. Environ work on a unique step up sytem.

Environ stepup

What does this mean? Well it means your skin can get acclimitised to the lower strength before moving up the ladder and increasing the level of vitamin A, therefore increasing the benefits, Environ use Retinol Palmitate in levels 1-3 in different strengths and adding in Retinol Acetate in levels 4-5 again increasing in strength. These steps are managed by your skincare professional as opposed to buying OTC or from the internet where there are no step ups within your moisturisers you will always be on the lowest strength. Environ moisturisers can be used AM & PM. This brand was my first introduction to Cosmeceuticals and the step up makes sense to me.

Skinceuticals Retinol, has a lovely silky feel to it and I just love this product, they believe that their hightest level is equal to 1% tretinoin so is up there with the Boss


Still with me? So are there any side effects?

No matter whether its prescription strenth, cosmeceutical or OTC, any retinoid carries the potential for side effects: redness, peeling, dryness and flaky skin. This is often confused with a allergic reaction, it is simply the skin telling you they are struggling to recognise the ingredient and needs a bit of time.

This can be done by adding in a Vitamin A supplement or upping your diet with foods rich in vitamin a so the skin recognises it and makes the stoll up the ladder a little bit less exerting on the skin. Foods rich in vitamin a:-

*green leafy veg

*yellow fruit and veg



*food rich in beta-carotene



Too lazy to eat a rainbow, well you can always take a supplement of Vitamin A +

0000579 skin-vit-a 400

Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for the skin, this supplement also has Vitamin d which is great for bones and your mood.

Key Benefits:-

*suitable for all skin types

*helps maintain normal skin health

*helps with skin cell renewal

*Promotes younger looking skin

*supportts bone, muscle and immune health


Some people will see results relatively quickly when introducing these ingredients into your skincare regime, however we do advise 3 months of any new product or supplement to see a difference in your skin. 

Thanks for reading, feel free to message me with any questions, Mary x





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Mary is an advanced skin care professional and Salon Owner. She specializes in detailed skin analysis, Environ Skincare, Derma Roller, (medical needling), (IPL) Intense Pulse Light hair removal & skin rejuvenation, advanced skin peels, electrolysis, red vein and skin tag removal. Passionate about skincare, with a wealth of knowledge of the industry Mary believes in passing this onto her team and giving advice to help clients the best from their skin, "EVERY ONE CAN HAVE GREAT SKIN!"
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