Meet retinoids, a skincare ingredient that promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

The benefits of retinoids include reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Here’s how to use retinoids to fight against the signs of ageing?
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Retinoid is one of the most powerful skincare ingredients. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Aayushi Gupta Published: 14 May 2023, 10:30 am IST
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The key to a successful skincare routine is choosing the right skincare products for your skin type and following them religiously. But sometimes it’s overwhelming to understand which one is better for your skin. While you must be familiar with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and collagen, have you heard of retinoids? Retinoids have become popular in the beauty world, and for good reason. There’s a long list of benefits of retinoids. This magic ingredient can be found in many skincare products, including moisturizers, serums, and even cleansers. It can do wonders for your overall skin health, but it is especially recognized for reducing visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. Simply put, retinoids are a boon for your skin.

Difference between retinoid and retinol

A lot of folks are a little confused about retinol and retinoids. There are some similarities between these two anti-ageing ingredients. Retinol is a type of retinoid. However, retinol typically refers to less potent over-the-counter (OTC) formulas, whereas retinoid typically denotes stronger prescription medications. Hence, you should only use retinoids as directed by a physician.

Health Shots got in touch with beauty industry veteran Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson – Blossom Kochhar Group of Companies, to find out how retinoids can improve your skin health.

Do retinoids reduce skin wrinkles?

Dr Kochhar says, “Retinoids are derived from vitamin A, which has been used to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, collagen production decreases, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Retinoids encourage the formation of collagen, which helps to tighten and plump the skin. This effectively improves overall skin texture.” All in all, retinoid is the best anti ageing ingredient!

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Retinoids can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Other skin benefits of retinoids

Apart from reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A, are highly beneficial for your overall skin health. Here are its other benefits:

  • It can help improve skin texture and tone.
  • It helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots and acne scars and unclog pores.
  • It can also be effective in treating acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions to a certain extent.
  • With regular use, retinoids help to promote smoother, healthier, and more youthful-looking skin.
  • Retinoids also help to stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer that helps to plump the skin and can reduce scarring.
  • Retinoids can aid in the fading of hyperpigmentation brought on by hormonal changes or sun exposure.

How to use retinoids for skin?

Follow these steps to apply retinoids to your skin:

Step 1: Use a mild cleanser to clean your skin, then pat it dry. Avoid exfoliating while using retinol products.
Step 2: Apply a pea-sized amount of the product to your skin. Be careful not to get it in your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Step 3: Finish with a facial moisturizer and then sunscreen. Use it once or twice a week.

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Do not forget to use the sunscreen. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Things to keep in mind while using retinoids

Keep these 5 things in mind while using retinoids for the skin, according to Dr Kochhar:

1. It is recommended to start with a low concentration and gradually increase it over time.
2. It’s important to note that retinoids can cause some irritation or dryness, especially when first starting to use them.
3. Use a natural and gentle cleanser and wait at least 20 minutes after cleansing before applying the retinoid.
4. Never ditch moisturizer after applying the retinoid, as it helps prevent dryness and flakiness.
5. Use sun protection during the day, as retinoids can increase skin sensitivity to the sun.

In addition to these things, it is important to use retinoids as directed and under the guidance of a dermatologist, as they can cause irritation and sensitivity if not used correctly.

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Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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