Are you using retinol in your skin care routine yet? If you’re not already using what some consider to be the holy Grail of all skin care products then you’ve probably at least been wondering what it’s all about. Retinol has several benefits which makes it a popular staple in most skin care routines. So what exactly is retinol and why is it so great?

What is Retinol?
Retinol is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A. When applied to the skin it converts to retinoic acid which leads to several benefits for your skin.

Benefits of Retinol
Retinol benefits the skin in several ways. When applied topically to the skin it causes aged cells to act in a more youthful manner. This leads to benefits like smoother skin and less wrinkles. Retinol increases cell turnover and the production of collagen. This helps skin appear firmer and reduces the appearance of uneven skin texture and dark spots. Retinol exfoliates the skin at the cellular level which leads to a brighter more radiant complexion. Retinol also regulates oil which can prevent and treat breakouts. So if you haven’t figured it out by now, retinol is pretty much a one stop shop for skin care! It treats and prevents wrinkles, exfoliates and brightens skin, treats and prevents breakouts and even fades dark spots and hyperpigmentation. What more could you ask for?

When you should start using Retinol?
When to start using retinol depends on your skin concerns. If you are looking to treat and prevent acne you might want to start using retinol as soon as your early 20s. If you are wanting brighter skin and a more radiant complexion you might start using retinal in your late 20s. If you are looking to prevent wrinkles and treat fine lines then you’ll definitely want to be sure to incorporate retinol into your skincare routine in your early 30s. Retinol is great for all ages and skin care needs.

What Retinol products should you use?
Gruene House Med Spa has several different retinol products to meet your specific skin care needs. We only offer medical grade skin care products from a variety of well-known brands. If you’re interested in incorporating retinol into your skin care routine, stop by the spa and one of our expert skin care specialists will help you find a product that’s just right for you. We have two convenient locations in New Braunfels and San Antonio to serve you. Call us at 830-312-4466 (New Braunfels) or 210-255-1400 (San Antonio).