Retinol: An Anti-Aging Compound That Works

Learn how Retinol works to improve skin

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Retinol: An Anti-Aging Compound That Works

There are countless skin products in the beauty industry claiming anti-aging results erasing fine lines and wrinkles, and making us look younger and more youthful. If you are like me, you too have probably spent a reasonable amount of time, money, and patience waiting for these products to do their magic, only to be disappointed again with now on the hunt for the next best thing.

Let me save you a lot of time and money. There is only one type of anti-aging compound in skin products you should be hunting for anti-aging results; Retinol. Retinol is a powerful addition to your skincare routine and lineup!

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a type of retinoid, a class of drugs that comes with Vitamin A with various uses with skincare concerns. You might remember as a teenager using Retin-A, which is a form of Vitamin A, to treat acne and promote skin turnover.
Retinols can either be over the counter or prescription strength from your doctor to address various skin issues, and doses range up to 0.01-2% strength. Retinol has anti-aging effects and comes in various percentages of strengths with products, and some actually live up to their anti-aging claims.

Key to Using Any Retinol Product:

Start 1x a week slowly and build up to 3x a week (or more) depending on your skin sensitivity and the strength of the Retinol you are using. Your skin needs to adjust to it, and it takes time. For example, you can start with a 0.5% 1x a week for three weeks, then 2x a week for three weeks, and so on. Make sure you use SPF during the day due to sun exposure on your Retinol-treated skin which can make it more sensitive to UV rays and more likely to get sunburnt.

Retinol Anti-Aging Properties

Skin ages over time with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, smoke, and pollution, as well as the natural loss of collagen as we get older. This is where we can see a loss of elasticity in our skin, looking less tight, dull, and fatigued. But Retinol can protect against skin breakdown of collagen and protect the epidermis layer of the skin, helping to retain moisture.


  • Results of using Retinol
  • Even skin tone
  • Improved skin texture
  • Brightening of the skin
  • Less fine lines
  • Deeper wrinkles appear less
  • Pores are smaller
  • Skin is tighter

What’s The Difference Between Encapsulated Retinol and Pure Retinol?

Pure Retinol is unstable when exposed to heat, light, and air. Keep the packaging and contents away from the elements in a cool dark place, and dermatologists say to make sure that you apply at night, so the product is not exposed to the light during the day on your skin.

But many companies have turned to Encapsulated Retinol to enhance the stability of this anti-aging compound. Encapsulated means that the Retinol is enclosed in a protective shell that allows the skin to absorb it slower as well as penetrate deeper into the skin before going to work.

I have found that my skin responds better to Encapsulated Retinol, minimizing the drying, redness, and angry skin reaction I had in the past from using pure Retinol.

How to Use Encapsulated Retinol?

Use it at night after you cleanse your face and apply a small layer all over, avoiding the eye area. Let it absorb for 10 minutes, and then apply moisturizer. Make sure you only apply at night and go slowly, adding on application days through the months as your skin adjusts.


My favorite Encapsulated Retinol Shani Darden Retinol Reform

Shani Darden-Retinol Reform


My Experience with Encapsulated Retinol:

I have been using Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform for a year and my skin has improved so much with less wrinkles and fine lines. Normally my skin is too sensitive for retinol above 1.0% but since this brand is encapsulated Retinol, it absorbs slower and combined with moisturizer it helps keep in skin moisture. Before you give up on the traditional pure Retinol’s make sure you try the this encapsulated Retinol as it really is gentle and can be used often as your skin builds tolerance to it. It works!

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