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Does Retinol Really Help With Wrinkles?

If you’re in search of the best skincare ingredients for healthy aging, chances are you’ve at least considered retinol. If you’re considering this powerful anti-aging ingredient, you’re likely wondering whether retinol really improves the appearance of wrinkles and how to tell if it’s working.

Read on to learn more about how retinol can help with wrinkles…and to see those striking photos before and after retinol use with our innovative new Squalane + Retinol Night Serum.

What’s The Difference Between Retinoids and Retinol?

Retinoids are a class of Vitamin A derivatives that travel deep into the skin layers to stimulate cell turnover, and make the skin grow thicker and more elastic.

Over-the-counter retinoids undergo one or more conversions within the skin to become retinoic acid, which is the compound that creates the desired changes. Our Squalane + Retinol Night Serum includes two retinoids: retinol, which undergoes two conversions, and retinal, which gets converted just once making it the strongest over-the-counter retinoid on the market.

Take an in-depth look at our Squalane + Retinol Night Serum

5 Benefits of Using Retinol

Retinoids, such as retinol and retinaldehyde (aka “retinal”):
  1. Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Improve uneven skin tone and visible sun damage
  3. Increase skin firmness and boost collagen
  4. Improve the look of blemishes
  5. Promote skin radiance
Retinol Night Serum

How Effective Is Retinol For Wrinkles?

Retinoids reduce fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating cell turnover and increasing collagen production, effectively minimizing fine lines & wrinkles, firming skin, and reversing sun damage from the inside out rather than the outside in. 

All that rapid cell turnover can expose immature skin cells, causing red, irritated skin. That’s why we reimagined the retinol for our Squalane + Retinol Night Serum. We minimized irritation by encapsulating our powerful blend of retinol and retinal to release our retinoid actives gradually over 8 hours, and combining them with a soothing blend of antioxidants and sugarcane-derived squalane.

But can encapsulated retinol still help with wrinkles? Retinol Before and AfterThese striking photos from before and after retinol use say a resounding “yes.” In a consumer survey, 100% of participants reported a visible increase in skin firmness as well as improvement in uneven pigmentation. And our customers are seeing those results replicated at home.

This is the first retinol product *in my entire life* that I have been able to use without irritation. Zero irritation. None. And yet, even after just a few uses, I have results. Smaller pores. Less redness and blotchiness,” says Biossance customer Alison. “The (pretty) texture I had in my 20’s, restored to me 2 decades later. I am in shock. I love every product I have ever received from Biossance, but this one is truly groundbreaking.”

How To Use Retinol

Use our Squalane + Retinol Night Serum is as simple as applying it after cleansing and before moisturizing. Here are four additional tips for maximizing your results:

  1. Start slowly. Twice weekly use is a great start, then gradually increase to every night.
  2. Make sure your skin is completely dry before using retinol. Using retinol on damp skin can make it penetrate too deeply and potentially cause irritation.
  3. Only apply a pea-sized amount.
  4. Follow with your favorite moisturizer, and for an extra boost of hydration, try mixing in a drop or two of Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil.
  5. Be sure to apply sunscreen every morning, but be especially diligent on mornings after using retinol. 

How To Tell If Retinol Is Working

Like all of our formulas, our  Squalane + Retinol Night Serum contains our superhero hydrator, sugarcane-derived squalane. This miracle moisturizer mimics the natural moisture found in your skin, penetrating deeply to instantly and weightlessly hydrate. And because hydrated skin is smoother skin, you should see more plump, healthy-looking skin immediately.

We recommend taking photos before and after retinoid use at weekly intervals to measure your results. Share your photos and review on our product page to show us how our Squalane + Retinol Night Serum improves the look of your skin.

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Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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