The skinny on retinoids and why making the switch to AHA/BHA and glycolic Acid is just as effective (and most of all SAFER!). If you are a die hard retinoid fan, consider using our Overnight Peel in place.
Some big takeaways on Retinoids:
1) It increases ALL cell turnover, including cancerous cells. So the potential to develop skin cancer increases significantly with prolonged use.
2) It interferes with your body’s natural ability to convert Vitamin A. When we ingest vitamin A, it has to be converted by our enzymes into its active form, retinoic acid. But Retin-A, or tretinoin, is already retinoic acid, and it binds to our retinoid receptors to elicit various responses in the skin. Our bodies need vitamin A for so many functions, including progesterone synthesis, protein synthesis and cell differentiation. Think about when you take a dietary supplement. The more you take it, the less you body produces vitamins or absorbs them via food ingested. Your body becomes DEPENDENT!
3) It causes redness, inflammation and irritation, which lend themselves to other problems (acne, scaring, exposed tissues, etc). LISTEN: it’s NOT normal to have these issues!
4) Leading dermatologists are starting to limit retinoid prescriptions, and others have stopped prescribing due to effective safer ingredients. Glycolic is the gold standard. Glycolic, when properly formulated, is gentle. It does virtually everything for anti-aging that tretinoin does.
How is our Overnight Resurfacing Peel different and effective?
Formulated with 15 botanically-derived acids, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and dark spots without irritation or over-drying. Glycolic, lactic, and malic acids clear away dull surface skin cells, while hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids soothe and nourish to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion.
Why is it safer?
Our Overnight Resurfacing Peel is formulated without synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and formaldehyde-based preservatives commonly found in peels.
Our peel uses a unique combination of both resurfacing acids and soothing acids that hydrate, replenish, and protect skin. This precise combination of acids optimizes performance while maintaining a pH level that doesn’t cause irritation.
Try our limited edition travel sized Overnight Resurfacing Peel here.