Spotlight Ingredient: Retinol

Spotlight Ingredient: Retinol

Q&A with Doctor Murad

This month, we want to highlight one core ingredient for skincare and that’s retinol.  We sat down with Doctor Murad for a quick Q&A to learn a bit more and ask why he has selected retinol as the spotlight ingredient for August.

What exactly is retinol and what is it used for?

Retinol is a pure form of Vitamin A.  Your skin uses Vitamin A naturally in its regeneration and repair cycle.  It is most commonly used in skincare for two things: reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fighting acne.

This potent ingredient provides its anti-aging benefits by stimulating cellular turnover and bringing new, healthy cells to the skin’s surface for a more youthful appearance.

And now for the science: retinol plays a vital role in epidermal renewal and keratin synthesis, and contributes to the strength of collagen and elastin proteins. This means that as we age, our keratin proteins become less compact and more dehydrated; retinol helps to bring back the elasticity and compact nature of these proteins.  It is because of its proven renewing power that retinol is recognized as the gold standard anti-aging ingredient.

Retinol is also a powerful ingredient when it comes to acne, helping to reduce outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores (normalizing the stratum corneum and reducing the overproduction of sebum).

What’s different about Murad’s Retinol?

Many retinol formulas rely on a single form of retinol and may take several weeks to deliver results and cause irritation. Retinol is not stable and this makes it a more difficult ingredient to work with.

Our range of retinol products overcome these traditional drawbacks with its breakthrough Retinol Tri-Active Technology (a fast-acting Retinoid, time-released Retinol and a booster) that optimizes performance to quickly deliver visible results with minimized side effects. These results include a visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and dramatic improvements in texture, tone and radiance. On top of this, all of our products include anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and hydrators.

Do you have any products with this ingredient that you would recommend to your patients?

Yes.  Retinol is well-known as the gold standard for anti-aging ingredients, that’s why my patients ask for it frequently. However, I saw a significant need for a new product that worked more quickly and didn’t cause irritation and dryness.

After years of research and development, I’m proud to say we have finally perfected the science with our revolutionary line of Retinol products:. Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, Eye Serum, and Night Cream.

What’s exciting about this revolutionary new product range is that it gets to work quickly and without any of the irritation of traditional retinol formulas. It really does activate your youth!

Is there any recent retinol news?

Yes.  New scientific studies suggest that retinol may encourage vascularization in the dermis.  This means more collagen production.  When it comes to aging, retinol has three clear benefits: it helps to keep your cells compact, it aids in cell renewal and potentially encourages the production of collagen.  I would say that is exciting news!

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  1. Victoria

    There are many Retinol products available. How do I know which one is suitable for my skin? I have heard that Retinol can also have my skin start to peel?

    1. Cassandra at Murad

      Hi Victoria! There are indeed various types and forms of Retinol. High percentages of this Vitamin A derivative especially in prescription strength can cause redness, irritation and peeling. Retinol Youth Renewal Serum contains a unique Retinol Tri-Active Technology. The formulation is not high percentage retinol which can cause irritation, but rather a blend of a fast-acting Retinoid (Vitamin A derivative), a time-release Retinol (less potential of irritation) and a Retinol booster which acts as a magnet for maximum retinol performance. In addition, the formula also contains Swetia Flower Extract inspired by regenerative medicine and Hylauronic Acid Spheres to attract moisture deep into the skin’s surface to instantly plump and smooth skin. We hope this helps!

    1. Cassandra at Murad

      Hi Ada, thank you for asking! Our retinol is synthetically produced from Retinyl Esters and is 100% cruelty free. We hope you get the chance to give it a try!

    1. Cassandra at Murad

      Hi Jackie! Regarding the question of percentages of ingredients in Murad professional treatments, first let me start by stating that we disclose the percentage of an ingredient only when it is an “active ingredient” in other words, an OTC (over-the-counter), FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved ingredient. Here at Murad, as part of our Corporate policy, we do not disclose percentages in our high performance formulations as this information is considered proprietary. What I can share with you is that Dr. Murad creates formulas based on a result not a percentage. Our products are designed to treat a specific concern within the skin, keeping in mind our Connected Beauty approach. Murad’s formula does not rely on a single concentration of retinol and features our breakthrough Retinol Tri-Active Technology (a fast-acting Retinoid, time-released Retinol and a Retinol booster) that optimizes performance to quickly deliver visible results with minimized side effects.

      I hope this helps!

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