Well known and well regarded for its potency and benefits, retinol is one of the most popular compounds found in skincare, but what exactly is it? In this first part, we will begin to discuss retinol, what it is, how it works, and how it is used.

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and is known for its ability to promote cell production and growth. Specifically, it stimulates processes such as collagen production, a protein that helps maintain the skin’s structure and firmness. Retinol also assists with shedding old and damaged skin and growing new and healthy cells. All of this together leads to a more even skin tone and texture.

Through regulating oil production, retinol is also a very viable acne treatment on top of its other antioxidant properties. These can allow more even skin color through fading hyperpigmentation and adding a layer of defense against environmental stressors.

We hope you found this first part about retinol and how it interacts with your skin to be insightful for your own skincare routine! At The Only Facial, we pride ourselves on offering just one facial, the one tailored just for you. With our multistep experience curated to your unique skin type, conditions, and concerns, we think of ourselves as more than just a facial spa, but rather as an experience for lasting beautiful skin. Give us a call or visit one of our numerous locations in Missouri and Texas to book your appointment and find custom skincare for you today!