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  • Writer's pictureDarlene Walchuk

Retinol is Powerful for Anti-Aging


Retinol Before and After photos

Retinol is the gold standard for preventing the signs of skin aging. Other than broad-spectrum sunscreen, there is no other product that is better at fending off fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin, and age spots.


Retinol is also used for acne-prone skin as it exfoliates the skin, increases cell turnover, and stimulates collagen production.

As a powerful product in the fight against aging and acne, it is essential to understand how to use Retinal. The skin becomes sensitive to UV rays from retinol, and sunlight decreases the efficacy of the product and negatively affects your skin.
AlumierMD’s Retinol Resurfacing Serum gradually releases retinol throughout the night to prevent redness, peeling and irritation.

How to Maximize the Benefits of Retinol:
The recommendation is to use retinol at night only and always wear sunscreen during the day.
As we mentioned above, retinol deeply exfoliates the skin and increases cell turnover, revealing more youthful skin. This delicate new skin needs to be protected at all times. UV rays cause dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, sunburns and more. This new skin is even more susceptible to the sun’s damaging effects, so be sure to wear sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection with sun protection.

AlumierMD has Clear Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 42 and Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40, along with other sun damage products.

Retinol at night and sunscreen during the day

Only buy retinol products that come in the correct packaging.
All forms of retinol will oxidize when exposed to air and sunlight. Avoid retinol that comes in jars or translucent packaging. Opaque pumps and tubes are your best option to protect the formula from exposure.

Look for the right formulations.
Choose products with encapsulated retinol. Encapsulated formulations create a milder exfoliation, so there is less flaking, redness and irritation. This means that the retinol is encased by a polymer or wax, which creates a time-release function in the skin and protects it from expiring while on the shelf.

Cleanse your face in the morning.
If you’re already using retinol, you know that it should be used at night for two reasons:
~~It makes the skin more photosensitive, and retinol is destroyed by exposure to UV light.
~~Plus, a new study by the National Toxicology Program, a U.S. government research group, found that retinyl palmitate can speed up the development of skin tumours when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight.

In Summary:
Retinol is safe when used at night, but make sure you wash it off in the morning before you go about your day.

Looking for the perfect Retinol?
AlumierMD’s Retinol Resurfacing Serum is available in three strengths of encapsulated retinol. Its cutting-edge technology gradually releases retinol throughout the night to prevent redness, peeling and irritation.
The formula also contains soothing and hydrating ingredients like niacinamide, aloe and sodium hyaluronate to keep the skin feeling comfortable and conditioned.

What’s the difference between AlumierMD products and products sold at drugstores?
The products at a department store or drugstore are often diluted and manufactured for general concerns. AlumierMD products combine a variety of medical-grade ingredients, including AHAs, BHAs, retinol, antioxidants, vitamins, and peptides, as well as innovative new components. The concentrations of these ingredients are generally much higher than in drugstore brands and work synergistically to improve skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, dry skin, hyperpigmentation, and aging skin.

Book a consultation with Darlene, owner of Secret Faces in Oakville, and she can recommend the skin care regime specifically designed for you and your skin.

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