Does retinol win Most Popular skincare ingredient? It’s hard to name a product-savvy celeb, friend, or beauty blogger who hasn’t raved about its wonders. Dermatologists refer to retinol as the gold standard anti-aging ingredient, and for good reason. Here’s the science behind this skincare superhero:
All about vitamin A
Retinol is a pure form of vitamin A that helps speed up cell turnover, which is the rate at which your skin sheds dead cells. As you age, cell turnover naturally slows down. When dead cells start to pile up, your skin can look dull, and wrinkles can look more pronounced. Retinol kicks cell turnover into overdrive, sloughing off the dead cells, allowing for fresh, radiant young cells to surface. Your skin looks smoother and wrinkles look reduced.