Decisions, decisions. You’ve heard of this skincare miracle before, but just don’t know enough about it to make a decision yet. What does it do? Who is it good for? Will it work for me? Retinol, or Vitamin A, is a cosmetic superstar (that’s right!). With a plethora of benefits targeting issues ranging from acne to wrinkles, retinol essentially helps to boost collagen and tells your skin cells to start repairing themselves. We like the sound of that!

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1. Retinol has been a proven acne solution for more than 40 years.
When used topically on blemish-prone skin, retinoids can help to unclog pores, reduce outbreaks and cease the formation of scars. While retinol may cause sensitivity during the first few applications, it’s best to use it in combination with a gentle cleanser and toner like Kiehl’s Calendula Cleanser and Toner Duo.

2. With regular use, retinol can help to improve fine lines and wrinkles.
As an antioxidant, retinol can halt the free radical damage process that causes skin to age, while stimulating new blood vessels. This in turn helps prevent wrinkles and gives skin a rosy appearance — like post-workout cheeks!

3. Retinoids can minimize the effects of sun damage.
They prevent serious effects due to UV radiation by curbing the production of melanin and sloughing away brown spots to reveal smoother, even-toned skin. Try Beauty Choice Award Winner, SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, while minimizing pores and correcting blemishes.

MDC Quick Tip: Retinol itself is sensitive to sunlight, which is why you’re supposed to apply it at night, right before bed. In the morning, just be sure to apply sunscreen (SPF 30) as you should be doing daily.

4. Mild-to-moderate psoriasis can also be effectively managed.
Retinoids have been known to slow the growth of skin cell development and, in some cases, can act as an anti-inflammatory agent for those dealing with psoriasis.

5. Application can reduce the size of pores.
Retinol can improve pore function by telling sluggish cells to get back to work, thus reducing the size of previously enlarged or damaged pores. By preventing dead cells from continuously clogging skin, pores can return to their normal size! Using retinol with an anti-aging serum like Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 can quickly and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores.

Have you been thinking about introducing retinol into your beauty regimen? Let us know in the comments below!

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