Retinol is simply another name for vitamin A. Or, more specifically, it is the entire vitamin A molecule, which in skin care or dietary formulations is often broken down into any of numerous smaller components.
Retinol is perhaps the single most important vitamin for healthy skin. Its molecular structure is particularly small for a vitamin, allowing it to easily penetrate the outer layers of the skin and reach the deeper layers where collagen and elastin are found. While other vitamin A derivatives can be beneficial, retinol is vitamin A’s purest and most active form. It helps smooth wrinkles and fine lines, increases moisture and elasticity, and lends a healthy glow to the complexion.
As retinol breaks down into retinoic acid, it binds to receptor sites on skin cells that have a strong affinity for it. Once bound in this way, retinol works as a cell communicator to essentially encourage skin cells to behave normally and engage in regular cell renewal—a process that often breaks down when skin is exposed to damaging free radicals and environmental pollutants.
Like tocopherols, retinol stimulates the production of collagen in the dermis, an essential process in the maintenance of healthy skin. It also works to help unclog pores, and thus is an effective treatment to control and improve mild acne, and prevent reoccurring outbreaks. Users will see visible, long-lasting results from retinol.
Re-Fine Milk Lotion is our main retinol skin care product. As with all of our products, we use advanced manufacturing and processing techniques to ensure the stability of our active ingredients.