When it comes to wrinkles, you really want to get to the root of the problem. And at that root, you’ll find that wrinkles form due to a number of different reasons. As we age, our skin cells become thinner and less sticky allowing moisture to be release and wrinkles to form. We also produce less collagen and our elastin fibers wear out which leads to more noticeable wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
Don’t throw in the towel just yet though. Retinol, a vitamin A derivative that’s considered the gold standard by many a dermatologist, works to rejuvenate the skin, produce more collagen and accelerate cellular turnover. It’s also been known to reduce brown spots and treat acne.
However, if you have ever tried retinol, you know, it can take some getting used to. For many, especially those with sensitive skin, it can cause extreme dryness and flaking of the skin.
To address this common concern, Kate Somerville formulated RetAsphere ($85), a 2-in-1 retinol night cream designed to gently infuse the skin with retinol to help diminish the appearance of fine lines all awhile keeping the skin moisturized and even. So how does it do this? It’s all about the way that the retinol is delivered to your skin, says Somerville.
The “smart release carrier system,” which she developed, delivers the pure retinol in a lipid shell that melts as it penetrates deep into the skin, which helps keep skin irritation and flaking to a minimum. Seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid also help to prevent over-drying by locking in hydration.
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