Retinol or Hyaluronic Acid?
Which is better Retinol or Hyaluronic Acid?
You've probably heard of all these by now, but you may still be a little confused on what exactly each one does—and how you should be using them. In reality, incorporating the right acids into your beauty routine can actually be beneficial for addressing a number of different skin-care concerns that you may have.
It is naturally produced in the body, and is what helps gives our skin a youthful glow. It is a clear, lubricating substance that plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid our body produces decreases, causing the skin to lose collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin firm and allows it to stretch and bounce back. This can leave us with duller-looking skin. Products containing hyaluronic acid can improve the skin’s ability to absorb and hold water to keep it looking plump and hydrated.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant or substance that absorbs water, that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. It delivers water to the skin and holds it there, which reduces skin sagging, wrinkles, flakiness, and dry skin. It is recommended that you incorporate hyaluronic acid serums into your nighttime skin-care routine. In addition to being a terrific moisturizer, it partners well with other active skincare ingredients (so you can layer it with retinol, for example) and use it daily.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that is turned into retinoic acid when it enters the skin. On a molecular level, it repairs the skin and helps to produce collagen, it is also good for stimulating cell turnover.
Individuals with moderate to severe acne may find retinol to be helpful in reducing acne outbreaks. Retinol helps prevent dead skin cells from clogging the pores and may reduce acne scars. Sun exposure and aging can cause uneven skin tone and brown spots on the skin. Retinol helps skin cells increase the production of new skin cells, causing old skin cells to slough off. With the old skin cells out of the way, the new skin cells produce a brightened, smooth skin tone.
Wrinkles form when collagen degrades and the skin loses its firmness. Retinol reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by slowing the breakdown of collagen. It improves the skin’s elasticity and strengthens the skin by thickening its deeper layer. Retinol is often used in various skincare products, especially those designed for fighting the signs of aging. These skincare products may include moisturizers, facial masks, and creams. Retinol can also be used in the form of a prescription like Retin-A or Renova.
Just Don’t Overdo It...
Before you get started on your skin-care acid routine, make sure you understand how it can affect your skin, and avoid combining products that might lead to more irritation. It is recommended that you use acid treatments at night when your skin cells are repairing and it’s not exposed to sunlight or environmental pollutants. If you do choose to wear acids during the day make sure you have sunscreen on.
So just remember that although acids can be really effective when it comes to addressing skincare concerns, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. While some acids may not be recommended for people with skin conditions such as rosacea, there may be one that is. Be sure to speak a dermatologist or other skincare professional to find one that will suit your needs.