Happy Saturday!! I have been doing some research on a few beauty and skincare products and I have to share what I am learning. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom if you have puffiness under your eyes. Whether from allergies, sensitivity, or genetics – I finally found something that works instantly!!!! Y’all know this made me happy! And for the results I am getting, I would pump out the $$$, cause I hate under eye puffiness – just makes me look older or makes me look like I’ve been crying! UGGGG!
I’ve certainly heard of retinol and it wasn’t until I sat down with my Esthetician, Melissa when I realized I should consider adding retinol into my skincare routine. So I’ve been doing some research to try to find a good product and was swiftly introduced to the massive amount of information all about retinol/vitamin A on the internet.
I’m sorting through a lot of it but I wanted to share my research process in case you too are looking to add a retinol into your skincare routine.
What is Retinol? It’s an anti-aging molecule that encourages cell turnover and collagen production, softens fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. It’s a milder derivative of Vitamin A, should not be used in the daytime.
Summing up a lot of the articles I’ve read, retinol may be the most effective anti-aging tool available right now. If you are young, you probably don’t need it. But if you are getting near 30, collagen production is going down, or you are starting to see signs of aging, you may want to consider using a product with Retinol to restore some youth to your face! In fact, in one of the videos I watched, Caroline said “retinol is like CPR for your skin. . . it reminds it to keep working!”
I’ve following along with Caroline Hirons series of videos all about retinol to learn as much as possible as I explore using these products. She has a wealth of information and exhaustively explores products. I’d recommend watching a few of her videos about this subject to learn more! Start with this one!
As far as product availability goes, there are so many options. The percentage of retinol varies in each product too, so it’s very important to do your research before you jump into a high percentage of retinol.
Items I found that came with high reviews are these:
Ole Henricksen and Biossance are two brands that I’m aware of that use Squalane, which is something our bodies actually produce naturally (just like hyaluronic acid!). The Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum was also a product that was very HIGH in reviews and suggested from my Esthetician.
I’ve started using the Redefine Amp MD System and I have seen some difference in my skin. What is this system? The REDEFINE AMP MD™ Derma-Roller features micro-exfoliating tips that safely and gently maximize the effectiveness of applied products to amp up your results and visibly firm skin. REDEFINE Intensive Renewing Serum empowers skin’s own renewing process for more refined, firmer-looking, smooth skin with less visible lines and wrinkles.
I have fine lines, some wrinkles (but not very many – just around my eyes). The main reason I decided to get this system is that I saw results on my friends that used it. Nothing speaks louder than actually seeing someone you know who is having results. My major concerns are the lines at the edges of my mouth that make me look like I am a hand puppet. UGGGG!!! I am also noticing that my skin is not as firm as it was at 40, so now that I am at the edge of 50, I wanted to start working on this issue without Botox!
So where am I now? I’m using the AMP MD which has the Intensive Renewing Serum (which has the highest amount of Vitamin A you can get without a prescription). I enjoy using this and really can tell my skin is firmer and looks healthier. It will take a long time of use (all products do) to really see the impact it’ll have on wrinkles that already exist on my face, but for now, I feel good about using something that is gentle and products that I know have the ability to work if I use them on a regular basis. Anything to help combat environmental and aging effects on the skin is a WINNER for me!
I still have a lot to learn, and am certainly glad to have the internet and estheticians available to discuss these things!
I’m curious, do you use a retinol product religiously? And for how long have you used it? Have you seen a difference? Are you also confused by this whole world of Vitamin A and anti-aging products? Ladies – I need your feedback and honesty!
Also, for all you ladies that have puffiness under your eyes…
Most of you know I LOVE the Bright Eye Complex. Recently I received Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage eye de-puffing gel. This stuff WORKS LADIES! I applied this under my eyes and within 5 minutes I could feel my skin tightening, of course, I checked out my eyes in the bathroom mirror. As I looked at my reflection I actually thought…Hot Dog! I have found something that works instantly! It tightens the puffiness under your eye and gave my under eye area a flush, smoothe look.
I checked back in 5 hours and my eyes still looked great- no puffiness at all. I could see a small line at the bridge of my nose, but that was it – side note- I did not apply any to that area. I focused on the midsection under my eye all the way to the outer portion of my under eye area. My allergies are horrible and my eyes are very sensitive – plus genetics—I have had issues with puffiness since I was about 30. Between the Bright Eye Complex and No More Baggage, I think I have finally found products that reduce the baggage!!
What are your secrets ladies? I am really looking some feedback on your thoughts with Retinol and Vitamin A. Do any of you go to the Dermatologist for prescription strength??
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