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What Is Retinol and How Do You Use It?

What Is Retinol and How Do You Use It?

Retinol is often referred to as the “gold standard” ingredient for anti-aging. In fact, I have been hearing this from my father, Dr. Luigi L. Polla, for years, as he was (gently) insisting on the need to add a retinol product to our Alchimie Forever assortment. As usual, I took his wise advice, and in 2018, we introduced our Advanced retinol serum with time release technology.

What kind of retinol are we using?
Pure retinol and micro-sponge retinol (a unique and proprietary technology). Part of the retinol is loaded inside a sponge-like mechanism, something akin to a “reservoir”; over 24-28 hours after application, the natural sebum in our skin dissolves the “sponge,” thus releasing the locked retinol little by little. This timed and controlled release of the active enables its use at efficacious levels, with minimal irritation and fewer side effects that are typically associated with retinol.

Dryer skin types with less sebum will have a slower retinol release versus oilier skin types – which is desired as retinol irritation is typically greater the dryer the skin.

How much retinol are we using?
0.75% total concentration. You would be surprised by how few brands state the % of retinol contained in their product. We love transparency, and you will see this figure on our packaging and in our marketing materials.

Who is this product for?
Women in the mid 30s+ who wish to control and manage the signs of skin aging. This is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, and all skin tones. Please keep in mind that the more sensitive you are, the less frequently you will want to use this product (start once a week – and maybe stay at one a week).

Who is this product not for?
Nursing and pregnant women. Anyone who is absolutely averse to any side effects (such as flaking) whatsoever, no matter how well a product works.

 

At what age should you start using retinol? 

 

 


What other ingredients are we using?
To enhance the anti-aging benefits of the product and minimize irritation and side effects, we are using a cocktail of antioxidants with nourishing, calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Hyaluronic acid (Sodium hyaluronate) - Hydration, skin plumping
  • Jojoba Oil - Hydration
  • Vitamin E - Hydration, antioxidant
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbyl glucoside) - Antioxidant, brightening effect, non-photo-sensitizing form of Vitamin C
  • European Blueberry - Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-redness
  • Green Tea - Soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory
  • Red Clover (Isoflavones) - Antioxidant, calming & soothing, stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production
  • Edelweiss - Antioxidant, natural sun protection filaments
  • Apple stem cell extract - Antioxidant, anti-inflammator


How do we recommend you use it?
Apply a pea-sized amount in the evening to clean, dry skin, on face and neck, avoiding the eye area, two to three times per week. Follow with a moisturizer if desired. For those with sensitive skin, start off using once per week to allow skin to acclimate, and gradually work up to recommended frequency of use. Protect your results by wearing sunscreen daily. Flaking and redness may be possible. Avoid facial waxing for 72 hours pre and post application

Which other Alchimie Forever products are best used in conjunction?
Because retinol is prone to increased photosensitivity. Protect your results by using our Protective Day Cream SPF 23 every morning.

Buffer the product (to minimize any side effects) by using our Kantic+ Intensely Nourishing Cream every evening.

Use our Gentle Refining Scrub and Kantic® Brightening Moisture Mask weekly to help with any flaking and redness.

To optimize the anti-pigmentation results, use our Advanced Retinol Serum with the Pigment Lightening Serum. Not layered, but rather at different times – use the Pigment Lightening Serum every morning, and on the evenings you are not using the Advanced Retinol Serum.

 

Watch to learn more about our Advanced Retinol Serum.