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Retinols/Retinoid has collagen boosting properties but I have also heard that it can make your skin sun sensitive

Q. I have heard about how retinols/retinoid has collagen boosting properties but I have also heard that it can make your skin sun sensitive. Can you tell me more?
Pema Ghale

A. First let me explain to you what retinoid is: The term describes Vitamin A derivatives that unclogs pores, boosts collagen to reduce fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to even out discolouration and smoothen the skin, sometimes in as little as four weeks. Dermatologists and skin therapists have seen great benefits from their clients when using the correct retinoid treatment.
Having said this, the truth is that we all by now know that there is no magic potion or wand when it comes to perfecting skin, however in my opinion, one ingredient comes pretty close, Retinol which increases skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen synthesis.

I would recommend using skin care products that specifically target your skin type, and a monthly retinol facial for maximum results. Our Skeyndor power retinol skin care range as well as out luxurious power retinol facial is one of our top selling facials, and the results are marvelous. The products are excellent rejuvenating elements that can repair and recover the architecture and qualities of young skin. The Bakuchiol molecule which is a prominent ingredient in the product acts on a genetic stimulation level making it a great retinol stabiliser allowing the products to maintain is effectiveness for longer.

To answer your question about sun-sensitivity, let me tell you that this is one of the biggest myths about retinoid. Yes, the ingredient itself is sensitive to sunlight, which is why you should apply it before bed at night, but using a retinoid shouldn’t make your skin any more vulnerable to UV rays than it would after buffing away dead skin with a face scrub. Summer is actually a good time to start a retinoid: Humidity makes your skin less likely to dry out as it adjusts. Of course, apply sunscreen (SPF 30 at least) as diligently as you always do!

I always recommend that to benefit from the amazing benefits of retinoids, please make sure to consult a skin therapist or dermatologist who will best advice you on the way to incorporate retinoids/retinols into your skin care regime.