What is retinal?
It is a chemical compound derived from vitamin A, which is an intermediate metabolite between retinol and retinoic acid. It is effective even at low concentrations and approved for use in cosmetics. Retinal converts into retinoic acid in the epidermis faster than retinol.
Who is retinal recommended for?
Retinal is recommended for people with dry, sensitive, couperose, rosacea, and discolouration-prone skin. It is a perfect alternative if your skin does not tolerate retinol. Low concentrations of retinal can be introduced in spring or summer, but the best time for the treatment is the autumn-winter season. It can be used all year round, but it is necessary to apply a cream with SPF 50.
What is retinisation?
Retinisation is the process of building skin tolerance to a product containing a retinoid ingredient by introducing it into your skincare routine gradually.
What is a retinoid reaction?
It is the skin's reaction to the strong effects of a retinoid, which may include itching, burning, peeling or excessive dryness. This is a temporary condition, which goes away as the skin's tolerance to the retinoid builds up.
How do I use cosmetics with retinal?
You should start using cosmetics with retinal by building up tolerance: start with a low concentration and gradually introduce the product to your skincare routine for the first two/three weeks. Use retinal every 4-5 days, only at night. In the morning, apply SPF 50. Observe the skin's reaction – if it is strong (including dryness, itching, burning, redness or peeling), you can start applying the product again only when the skin has calmed down. When your skin starts to tolerate the product better, you can increase the frequency of use by 1 day up to 5 times a week. When your skin tolerates the product with daily use, you can switch to a higher concentration of retinal, repeating the tolerance building pattern.
How should I prepare my skin for applying retinal?
Retinal products should be applied only at night, after thorough make-up removal and skin cleansing. Retinal should only be applied to CLEANSED AND DRY skin (water increases the irritating effect). Method 1 (classic): Apply POWER OF RETINAL to cleansed, dry skin of the face, and after 30-40 minutes, apply CERAMIDE SKIN BARRIER or REPAIR BY NIGHT. Method 2 (sandwich): Apply the moisturising FOCUS HYDRATION GEL and wait until completely absorbed. Then reach for POWER OF RETINAL, and after 30-40 minutes, apply CERAMIDE SKIN BARRIER or REPAIR BY NIGHT.
What makes our retinal superior to other products?
The retinal concentration in our product is very high (as much as 0.075%), which makes it penetrate deeper into the skin. It is also natural and obtained by biofermentation. In addition, it has a transparent colour and will not stain your bedding (which often happens with other products containing retinal).
Can I apply another product, such as a moisturising serum, before applying retinal?
Applying retinal on top of another product may affect its target concentration. We recommend applying retinal to clean, dry skin, waiting up to 40 minutes, and then applying another product to moisturise, soothe and regenerate the skin. Method 1 (classic): Apply POWER OF RETINAL to cleansed, dry skin of the face, and after 30-40 minutes, apply CERAMIDE SKIN BARRIER or REPAIR BY NIGHT. Method 2 (sandwich): Apply the FOCUS HYDRATION GEL moisturising serum and wait until it is completely absorbed. Then reach for POWER OF RETINAL, and after 30-40 minutes, apply CERAMIDE SKIN BARRIER or REPAIR BY NIGHT.
Can retinal irritate or dry my skin?
Yes, retinoids are known to cause such side effects that occur immediately after application or a few days after application. This is related to the mechanism of action of retinoids on the skin. That is why we recommend building up tolerance to it. In addition, POWER OF RETINAL contains soothing ingredients, including a magnesium derivative of beta glucan and borage oil. When using a cream with retinal, we also recommend proper moisturising and regenerating of the epidermis.
How does retinal work and when will I see the results?
Retinal easily penetrates deep into the skin, where it is converted into retinoic acid under the influence of enzymes. This acid stimulates the skin to renew faster – it causes exfoliation, which stimulates the skin to produce new cells (it shortens the time it takes to replace the epidermis, which normally takes about 28 days, but slows down significantly with age). It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibres in the dermis, improving firmness and elasticity and smoothing out wrinkles. It also has an antibacterial effect, normalises the functioning of sebaceous glands and helps to remove post-tanning and post-inflammatory discolouration.
What is CM Beta Glucan?
CM Beta Glucan is a magnesium derivative of beta glucan (INCI: Magnesium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan). Beta-glucans have been known in pharmacy and cosmetology for a long time. CM Beta Glucan is a large biologically active polysaccharide that is isolated from the cell wall of baker's yeast. After many years of research, scientists have proven that beta-glucans are able to accelerate the healing processes of the epidermis and restore its barrier function. The addition of magnesium ions enhances the effect of beta-glucans on the skin.
What ingredients/products should I avoid when using retinal?
Avoid cosmetics with acids, peels, sonic toothbrushes or introducing new substances to your skincare routine. In addition, you should not combine it with pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid in high concentrations or low pH) and niacinamide in high concentrations in a single treatment (it can cause irritation, so it can only be included in skincare after tolerance is achieved).
What cosmetics should I be careful about when using retinal?
When building up a tolerance to retinal, the skin may become irritated, dry, and flaky. For this reason, it is important to use moisturising, emollient and regenerating products regularly. Do not use any exfoliating products during this period.
Can I use retinal while pregnant or breastfeeding?
The use of retinal is strictly forbidden during pregnancy. When it comes to breastfeeding, according to the website, https://e-lactancia.org, retinal is safe and can be used during that period. However, due to hormonal fluctuations in pregnant women, it is impossible to predict how the skin may react to it. We recommend that you consult a doctor who will determine whether you can introduce retinal into your skincare routine.
How is retinal different from retinol?
Retinol must first be converted by our skin into retinaldehyde (retinal) and then into retinoic acid to have an anti-wrinkle and skin-toning effect In turn, retinaldehyde in cosmetic products undergoes only one transformation, so it works faster and carries a lower risk of skin irritation than retinol. This also makes it suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Can the product be used with our vitamin C products?
Yes, but only when you have already built up a tolerance to retinal. When using both ingredients in one skincare routine, we recommend using a vitamin C product in the morning and a retinal product in the evening. Remember also to use SPF 50. However, please note that the actual effect of these substances depends on the skin.
Do I need to use an SPF when using POWER OF RETINAL?
When using exfoliating products that may disturb the hydrolipid barrier, you should remember to apply SPF 50 or higher protective filters every day. We recommend using sunscreen on a daily basis in general, even if you do not use retinoids or acids in your skincare routine. Photoprotection reduces the negative effects of UV radiation and minimises photoageing of the skin.