by Melissa Chichester
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It is responsible for protecting your organs and also helps regulate your body’s temperature. It keeps nutrients you need in your body and unwanted pathogens out.
Many people are more focused on what their skin looks like rather than what it does – and that isn’t always a bad thing. What your skin looks like provides valuable clues as to what’s happening on the inside. When you notice something unusual on your skin or another change on your skin, it can alert you to a potential issue.
Examining your skin can also help you determine whether or not it needs more nutrients. You may find that you have dull skin, crepey skin, and fine lines and wrinkles. While there is no way to truly “stop the clock” as advertisements claim, you can make your skin look glowing and radiant at any age. The key is to pamper it with nutrients that promote skin health, both through your diet and topically. One of those nutrients is retinol.
Retinol, retinol, retinol. You’ve seen the word splashed on skin creams, video screens, and magazine advertisements. But what does retinol actually do and what is it for? Retinol is a type of retinoid that is made from Vitamin A that has skin benefits.**
Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin.** Every day, through sweat, the environment, food, and other factors, your skin comes into contact with free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress that may lead to premature aging. Using a skincare product with Vitamin A can be beneficial because it promotes antioxidant health.**
Retinol creams can also help replenish moisture in the skin, leaving behind a smooth and radiant surface. This applies to not only the face but the entire body. Retinol can be found in many over-the-counter skin creams. Stronger retinol creams are available with a prescription from a dermatologist.
Puritan’s Pride® retinol skincare products are designed to nourish your skin and drench it with a potent dose of retinol. What makes retinol unique is that it can actually be absorbed into the epidermis (the top layer of your skin), so it doesn’t just sit on the surface. This is one way it helps smooth the appearance of skin because it helps maintain a plump and hydrated appearance.
Looking to add retinol into your skincare routine? Give one of these a try:
Any skincare product works best when it is combined with a healthy lifestyle. Drinking enough water and eating a nutritious diet is the foundation of any healthy skincare routine!