Diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, improve uneven skin tone, increase the appearance of firmness, smooth and refine the skin’s surface, and help mitigate the effects of environmental stressors with one of our favourite products at Guelph Facial Plastics. Among Dr. Brace’s top three recommended products, Retinol provides extraordinary anti-aging results. 

With 40 years of established research behind it, Retinol is proven to effectively reverse signs of aging, improve acne and diminish the size of pores. While working to rebuild collagen and boosting cell turnover, it helps reveal smooth, new skin. Retinol is a type of retinoid, a term used to describe the family of Health Canada-approved vitamin A chemical compounds. Unlike other types of retinoids (like tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene), this does not require a physician’s prescription. It’s available to consumers of every skin type through the development of advanced retinol formulas from sophisticated and scientifically-backed skincare brands, like SkinMedica. With three different formulations—Retinol Complex 0.25, Complex 0.5, and Complex 1.0—Guelph Facial Plastics can tailor a safe and effective regime for your exact skin type and concerns.

Before you integrate Retinol into your skincare

It is important to understand its process. Unlike the majority of anti-aging or acne skin products on the market claiming to have immediate results. Retinol is known for improving skin texture and brightness over time. The active retinoid ingredient needs time to penetrate into the skin and promote turnover of new cells. A process that does not promise to be immediate but does promise to be worth it. As we get older our cell turnover process starts to slow. Improvements from Retinol are visible approximately one month after incorporating into your skincare routine.

During the first month of Retinol use

Skin irregularities may worsen, especially if you’re prone to acne. Although the first few weeks can be frustrating, the long-term benefits of Retinol will prove to be more than worth the initial annoyance. Dr. Brace recommends to only use Retinol just a few times a week when first incorporating into your skincare. As your skin begins to adjust to the product, the frequency of use can increase. If you have an important upcoming event (such as a wedding), you might want to consider starting to use afterwardsit’s not recommended to use heavy makeup during this initial period. Despite the increase of skin irregularities, applying makeup to cover blemishes may further aggravate the skin and promote additional breakouts. It is however, important to apply sunscreen daily during Retinol use. As your newly revealed skin is more sensitive to sunlight.

With the colder weather upon us, it’s the perfect time to brighten your skin. For more information on how this skin-changing product can be incorporated into your winter skincare routine, book your appointment with Dr. Brace today. 


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