Retinol Benefits: Why It's Good For Your Face and Skin

May 02, 2021

Retinol Benefits

Experience the AMAZING Powers of Retinol! No matter your age, gender, skin-type or stage of life, Retinol definitely has a place in YOUR skincare routine. Retinol is a great choice for many skin conditions - whether its to reverse the signs of aging, help to clear acne or simply give your face a more radiant glow. Although amazing for all ages, those in their late 20’s or early 30’s may especially benefit from the wisdom of using retinol sooner (rather than later) to help prevent the effects of aging!

What is Retinol? What are Retinoids? Chemistry 101...

Retinol is the pre-formed, active form of Vitamin A which is used in your body for many functions including vision, immune function, cellular communication, as well as cell growth and differentiation. Retinol is a fat soluble vitamin found naturally in butter, meat, fish, and animal products, but especially in animal liver. Retinol was first identified by chemists in 1913, and later processes were perfected for the synthetic production of bioidentical retinol from non-animal sources.

Retinoids are compounds which are derived from Retinol. They encompass a variety of natural or synthetic compounds which have Retinol at their core -- but may have small changes, additions, or deletions to the molecule. Retinoids are essentially derivatives of Vitamin A, and include retinoic acid (also called tretinoin) and retinol. Retinoids are generally considered pro-vitamins, which means that the body has to modify the retinoid to a usable format before it can truly use them.

One of the most common retinoids you may be familiar with is beta carotene, which is commonly found in carrots. You won’t generally find beta carotene in a cosmetic product, but more commonly you may see it as an ingredient called retinyl palmitate. The retinyl palmitate is even gentler than retinol and therefore can be used by those with sensitive skin. Retinyl acetate is also another ester from Retinol itself which is also less irritating to the skin than Retinol or Retinoic Acid.

Prescription strength retinoids include Tretinoin (Retin-A), Tazarotene, and Adapalene 0.3%, which is also available over-the-counter in 0.1%. This potent and effective retinoid can cause redness and irritation during the first few weeks of use until the skin can adapt to its effects. This can often cause hesitancy to first-time users. However, the benefits will outweigh the downside with just a little patience!

What are some of the benefits of Retinol?

Although many skincare fans have heard of Retinol, not many actually understand what it can do for their skin. Retinol is one of many members of the retinoid family. Retinoids (compounds derived from vitamin A) come in a variety of different forms, which means there is probably a perfect Retinol product out there for you!

The most well-known benefits of Retinol are its defense against skin blemishes by helping to promote cell turnover and preventing clogged pores, as well as adding an extra “boost” to improving how skincare products can penetrate and work within your skin. Retinol is one of those “super” ingredients which is extremely beneficial within your skincare routine and helps maximize your skincare results!

Our TOP 5 Retinol Benefits!

Many people buy Retinol products for the amazing skincare benefits, but here are APRISA®’s Top 5 reasons why...and this is why WE use Retinol in many of our key skincare products!

#1 ACNE! (Yikes - Need We Say More?!)

Retinol has an AMAZING ability to unclog pores, clear up the skin and prevent future acne outbreaks. For those with treatment-resistant acne, the use of Retinol helps reduce the amount of acne scars. In addition, using retinoids can help increase the effects of other medicated creams and gels, allowing you to get the maximum benefit from your current treatment. An American dermatologist named Dr. Albert Klingman discovered back in the late 1960’s that tretinoin – which is part of a class of vitamin A derivatives known as retinoids – was very effective in the treatment of acne. It was marketed as Retin-A and it is still available to treat problem skin today!

#2 AGING! (Do we REALLY Need to Say More?!)

Scientifically speaking, Retinol is one of the most used and most well-studied anti-aging skincare product ingredients on the market. Although history shows that it was originally marketed as an anti-acne treatment back in the 1970s, the form of Retinol named as Tretinoin quickly proved to have many anti-aging effects and was identified as an ingredient for other skincare uses. Some of the anti-aging effects include softening of the skin’s texture as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

#3 YAY! Look Forward to a More Even Skin-Tone!

Retinol does an AMAZING job to stimulate skin cell turnover, which is basically an "exfoliating" treatment to your skin. Your dull and dry skin is shed to create a path for newer, brighter, and more even-toned skin...and the best part is that it is now armed with increased levels of collagen and elastin! This thicker skin is stronger and smoother and has less imperfections. This is just an example of how even the most "problem-free" skin can benefit from the radiating effects from retinol. (We truly love it, and we know you will, too!)

#4 Ca-Ching! More Bang For Your Buck!

Retinol can be somewhat pricey, ummm, yes. And depending on your skincare budget, doling out the bucks for Retinol products may seem like an extravagant expense that you simply cannot afford. But in reality, spending your hard-earned dollars on cheaper, short-term solutions may ultimately prove more expensive in the long run.. Retinol is consistently one of the only skincare ingredients with scientifically-proven benefits, which makes it a pretty trustworthy investment for your facial future. Make a category in your budget to take care of you - your skin will DEFINITELY be glad you did!

#5 YES! It’s Readily Available!

Generally speaking, over-the-counter or cosmetic retinoid products are a great place to start. This lower dosage allows the skin to adjust to the product with a lower risk of irritation, and also causes less side effects than a “true” prescription-strength retinoic acid. The only drawback is that it may take longer for you to see visible results. If you have any questions about Retinol dosage levels for your specific skin type and skin situation, please be sure you consult with your dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.

Make the Move NOW to What’s Best For YOUR Skin!

When it comes to Retinol and skincare, one size certainly does NOT fit all. Different skin types will have different responses to skincare products, so the appropriate products for your skin type must be determined for the greatest effectiveness to your skin situation. If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the retinol products on the market, and don’t know where to start, no worries! Aprisa® is here to guide you!

For your WHOLE Face…

Basically EVERY skin type: Sensitive, mature, dry, normal, oily or combination -- ALL will love Aprisa® Reinforce Retinol FACE. This rich facial cream strikes deep into the outer layers of your skin to give the appearance of tighter, firmer, and smoother facial skin and allows you to reap the maximum benefits of Retinol while minimizing your risk of irritation. Your skin will appear to be brighter, more radiant and well-hydrated! Your friends will think you have turned back time as you experience a lasting reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Click here,, for more information about this amazing Aprisa ® Retinol skincare product!

PERFECT For Wrinkles Around the Eyes...

Aprisa Replenish® Retinol Eye Cream,, is ophthalmologist-tested and safe and gentle enough for use around the delicate eye area! Your skin will say THANK YOU as it feels instantly replenished! Experience a healthier glow around your eyes with Replenish Retinol Eye Cream’s hydrating and luxurious texture. Clinically tested to make the skin around your eyes feel protected and look less tired, you will notice and feel an improvement in the skin’s smoothness with each week of use. Plus, it’s 100% compatible under makeup. You’ll be recommending it to a friend in no time!

MORNING Hydration…It’s Time To Shine!

Aprisa Equip™ Day Cream is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, perfect for use on top of your Aprisa Replenish® Retinol Eye Cream every morning to help prepare your skin for the day ahead! Equip your skin by jump-starting your day with a surge of restorative moisture! You will emit radiance when you incorporate this multi-purpose cream into your morning routine. Aprisa Equip™ Day Cream is clinically proven to make skin feel healthier and revitalized. Let this cream help you combat common signs of aging and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while also providing improved hydration and the appearance of a more even skin tone.

NIGHT-TIME Moisturization… Wake up to brighter days with brighter skin!

Aprisa Enrich® Night Cream enriches and nourishes your skin with benefits that extend into the evening hours and beyond! Slather your skin with this rich, moisturizing cream right before you drift off to sleep. Enrich ® is also dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic. Wake up to brighter, more radiant skin with improved texture and appearance!

SEE YA, Scars!

Aprisa Erase® Gel was developed to help you erase the past as you apply it to both new or old scars. In addition to Retinol, this product is comprised of a proprietary blend of ingredients and oils from the Pracaxi seed (Pentaclethra Macroloba) found in the Amazon rainforest formulated to improve the appearance and feel of sensitive skin around the scar for a more even tone and balanced feeling. Proven to absorb well into the scar and surrounding skin, this dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic product will allow you to see clinically tested improvement after each week of use.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Vitamin A and Why Is It Relevant to MY Skin?

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that comes in two types: retinoids and carotenoids. The human body is wired to convert both types into Retinol and either store it in the liver or transport it throughout the body. When applied topically, Retinol can increase skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen production.

Apply Retinol at night because sunlight can reduce its effectiveness. However, if you apply your Retinol product(s) during your morning skincare routine, always use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher while using retinoids because they can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Why Choose Retinol?

Retinol is one of the most common types of retinoids because it is available over-the-counter and less likely to be irritating for "beginner use." After all, it can be possible to have too much of a good thing! With too much Retinol, you may end up with red, irritated, and peeling skin. When used with precaution, however, Retinol has the potential to be one of the BEST preventative and proactive solutions for your skin - no matter your age.

Can You Be Too Young to Use Retinol?

WOW! If we could only turn back time. Remember that it is always better to PREVENT skincare problems than try to REVERSE them! There are NO known adverse effects from teenagers or those in their early 20’s using Retinol products. During the crucial teenage years, however, self-esteem often suffers because of acne. But a good skincare routine can prevent that, making increased confidence yet another hidden perk of Retinol!

How Does Retinol Keep Your Skin Looking Younger?

Retinol helps to neutralize any free radicals that might be causing collagen damage in the skin. Unfortunately, our bodies naturally produce less collagen as we age. Retinol plays a key role in preserving your current collagen stores, stimulating new collagen production, and also thickening the layer of skin where wrinkles form. That is EXACTLY how Retinol helps smooth out existing wrinkles and fine lines. And the Retinol “boost” to collagen production within the skin will also help prevent new wrinkles from forming.

What Retinoids Work Best for Anti-Aging?

Aging of our skin absolutely begins the day we are born! So it is never TOO early to start experimenting with using Retinol for anti-aging purposes. However, there are so MANY different types of skin, and each can each benefit from MANY different types of retinoids. There are many factors which can determine the best option. Stronger, or even prescription-strength retinoids may be necessary for more mature skin which hasn’t had many preventative measures taken. Although, depending on your specific skin type and attributes, mature skin could also be more delicate and necessitate a weaker retinoid product. If you are younger, and have good skin already, you may want to start with gentler retinoids and work your way up.

In general, we like Retinol itself as a recommended ingredient in your skincare products, varying the amount of Retinol in the product to vary the strength. Using the pre-formed active allows your skin to more quickly and directly use the Retinol instead of having to make changes for it to become useful. Combining Retinol with one or more weaker retinoid derivatives can also lead to a very positive impact, as these will exert an extended effect as your body converts them to active retinol over time.

When Will I Start to See Results of My Retinol Product?

How long it takes for you to see results from your Retinol product depends on what results you are looking for: your skin type, age, dosage, frequency of use, and probably a myriad of other factors. You will likely start to see some effects within the first few days of using a strong Retinol product as your skin will start to turnover more quickly and you will notice some flaking and peeling. Within those same few days you may notice your skin clearing up. Anti-aging results will likely take longer, possibly even after several months of regular use. Don’t try to speed things up by increasing the dosage or frequency, as this does not always correlate, and oftentimes too much retinoid exposure can lead to unpleasant side effects.

With Aprisa Equip™ Day Cream, 100% of users saw an increase in the feel of softness and suppleness of their skin and 97% noticed an improvement in skin hydration in 4 weeks or less! So sit back and relax while reaping the endless benefits of using retinol.

Will Retinol Work With My Skin Type?

Retinol can and should be used in some form or another by people of all skin types. The benefits of retinoids can be realized by anyone. Some people may want to use caution, however, before starting retinoids. If you have sensitive or fair skin, or other known skin issues, it might be wise to start very slowly with retinoids to determine how much your skin can actually handle. You wouldn’t want to overdo it. (For more clarification about knowing your skin type, refer to Aprisa’s Successful Morning and Nighttime Skincare Routine.)

Does Retinol Ever Stop Working On My Skin?

Over time, as your skin adjusts to the retinoid levels you are applying, you may notice diminishing returns. As your body begins to adapt and adjust to the levels you are providing, the benefits might stop coming at as quick of a pace as before. If you feel you have further to go on your skincare goals (which led you to start a retinoid in the first place), then you may need to increase the frequency of use, or find a stronger product.

Can I Use Retinol for Acne?

If you are using any other topical anti-acne products, consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon before introducing retinol into your routine. Otherwise, your skin may become immediately overwhelmed and inflamed.

How Can I Be Sure I'm Getting High-Quality Retinol?

It should come as no surprise that there are some taking advantage of the Retinol craze by selling counterfeit skincare products online. The ONLY way you can make sure you get high-quality, authentic Retinol products is to buy from reputable, authorized sellers like Aprisa®.

A leader in the skincare market, Aprisa® is introducing state-of-the-art technology to the battle against counterfeit cosmetics. Through our partnership with Covectra, who introduced next generation StellaGuard smart label and mobile authentication solution,, Aprisa® is blazing a trail to be on the leading edge of fighting back against cosmetic fraud!

Is Retinol Dangerous?

Many people are somewhat wary of Retinol because it has often been associated with peeling, flaky skin. However, truth be told, Retinol is actually a very well-researched ingredient with established credibility inside the medical community. As far as we know -- as of today -- there are absolutely NO long-term adverse or “dangerous” effects from using Retinol as part of your skincare routine. While there are some side effects that some may consider unpleasant (for example peeling or redness or dryness), these are typically easily managed with proper mental preparation (AND a great moisturizer)!

What Are Some of the Most Common Side Effects of Using Retinol Products?

Retinol stimulates collagen production, so your skin will actually thicken and become stronger after you add this active ingredient into your routine. In general, however, peeling and flaking of your facial skin tends to be most severe when you start to use Retinol, but it eventually subsides. Likewise, as your skin acclimates to Retinol, your acne may actually worsen before it improves! Other common side effects of incorporating Retinol into your skincare routine include skin dryness. However, you can combat this dryness by preemptively incorporating a diligent moisturizing routine into your skincare regime. Slathering your skin with a rich moisturizing cream such as Aprisa Enrich® Night Cream right before you drift off to sleep may be a great option for you!

Is Retinol safe to use on the skin around my eyes?

Although the skin around the eye area is much more delicate than the skin anywhere else on your face, it can benefit the most from the smoothing, anti-aging effects of Retinol. It is important to note, however, that you should only use Retinol around your eye area if you are sure your product is gentle enough for your skin. Aprisa Replenish® Retinol Eye Cream meets these requirements and many more!

With Aprisa Replenish® Retinol Eye Cream, 94% of the male and female subjects demonstrated a 20% increase in skin hydration after 4 weeks of use. In addition, 94% of the subjects saw visible results and felt the product made the skin around the eye area look less tired and feel protected. And 97% felt the product was hydrating with a luxurious texture!

Here are just a few comments from the test subjects - “Eye cream was lovely smooth, silky, creamy and smells wonderful. I like and would buy this product! Zero irritation.” “It really worked for my lines + crows feet.” “Enjoyable product, feels good, feel positive about results!”

Ophthalmologist examination after 4 weeks of use determined there were no significant changes for subjects with or without contact lenses for visual acuity, eyelid and eyelash health, eye surface exam, slit lamp exam, and contact lens exam. After dermatologist evaluation, Aprisa Replenish® Retinol Eye Cream was determined to be hypoallergenic.

Is Retinol Safe For Me to Use?

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A which is a vitamin essential to our health. However this does not mean that you should indiscriminately use Retinol in every product all of the time. There definitely is truth to the saying that there can be “too much of a good thing.” As we have previously discussed, TOO much Retinol can lead to skin sensitivity or other issues. Those with thinner, more sensitive skin should definitely be cautious in how much of this ingredient they use.

Some of the stronger, synthetic prescription strength retinoids have shown risks for birth defects in pregnant women, and it is recommended these products are not used if a woman is pregnant, breastfeeding, or might become pregnant. Unfortunately, detailed studies have not been done to determine the risk level of these same issues from weaker, more natural retinoids, so it is often recommended for all retinoids to be avoided in skincare. This is an issue you should definitely discuss with your doctor.

How Does Retinol Interact With Sun Exposure?

It has long been known that Retinol increases photosensitivity in the skin. Basically, many people are aware that Retinol makes skin more sensitive to the sun (and thus, more vulnerable to getting a sunburn). One of the most important skincare rules is to ALWAYS wear sunscreen, even if the sun is NOT out! UV exposure is one of the most well-known precursors to both skin cancer and premature skin aging.

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