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In the world of skin care, retinol is a word that can either strike fear in the hearts of the uninitiated or generate swoons from its loyal fans. The polarizing ingredient is a frequent topic of controversy out of fear. However, many dermatologists recommend retinol products with only a few conditions. These include using it sparingly, easing your skin into it, and diligently wearing sunscreen. If you’re still unconvinced, here are some of the benefits of retinol products for your skin.

Promotes Collagen Production

Retinol belongs to a fat-soluble group of substances under vitamin A, a known anti-wrinkle and anti-aging ingredient. Retinol by stimulating the activity of fibroblasts, which are cells that secrete collagen and maintain the structural integrity of many tissues in the body. They also heal wounds and strengthen the skin. According to the Advances in Dermatology and Allergology journal, retinol may also enhance the production of elastin fibers, which give the skin elasticity and resilience.

Reduces Fine Lines

Harvard Health notes that retinol products stimulate collagen production, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles. They also help mature skin retain more water, giving it a smoother and plumper appearance. This process also helps improve the appearance of photoaged skin, which is skin that has been overly to UV rays.

Helps Improve Acne-Prone Skin

The American Academy of Dermatology and the European Dermatology Forum agree that retinol products are essential in acne clearing. The AAD states that retinol is comedolytic, which means it inhibits the formation of comedones, and it also has an anti-inflammatory effect. Moreover, its role in cell renewal also contributes to the fading of acne scars.

Produces New Blood Vessels

Collagen, elastin, and blood vessels reside in the second layer of the skin, called the dermis. As retinol products stimulate collagen and elastin production in this area, it also aids in the production of new blood vessels, according to Harvard Health. These blood vessels transport nutrients and oxygen to the skin, regulate temperature, and draw away waste. They contribute to healthy, bright, and glowing skin and improve dull and sallow complexions.

Smoothens Skin Texture

By promoting cell renewal, retinol also speeds up the turnover of cells and gets rid of dead skin. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothens the skin, and promotes brightness. The overall effect is a  

If you want to into your routine, try a youth-reviving cream, like POND'S Age Miracle Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 18. However, note that using SPF is a must since retinol can make the skin sensitive to the sun. Since the AAD recommends at least an SPF 30, applying sunscreen over this product is still advisable.

At night, you can use POND'S Age Miracle Anti-Aging Night Cream and wake up to fresh skin. It contains Retinol C and niacinamide to boost collagen production and leave skin bright and even-toned.

Consult your dermatologist before adding retinol products to your skincare routine, so they can give you guidelines on the best way to begin your retinol journey. Keep in mind that these ingredients need time to work (three to six months for retinol), so be patient and enjoy the ride.