Why You Should Start Using Retinol From the Neck Down
As one of the most revered and researched skincare ingredients, retinol (also known as vitamin A), is often considered an essential step in any solid skincare routine, since it can treat a number of common concerns, from acne to fine lines and wrinkles.
While the focus has been on the proven benefits of using retinol on your face, it turns out the ingredient can be just as efficacious for the skin below your neck, too.
"Retinoids work by binding to retinoic acid receptors, which then can act as transcription factors and affect gene expression. This makes them very powerful and able to produce significant changes in the skin," says Dr. Hadley King, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. "They increase the turnover of skin cells, reduce the tendency of cells and keratin debris to clump together and clog up pores, increase collagen production and decrease discoloration."
Since retinol can also tackle skin concerns on the rest of your body, such as loss of firmness, uneven texture, or hyperpigmentation, more and more body care brands have been incorporating the ingredient into their body lotion formulas.
But keep in mind that when adding a retinol body lotion into your post-shower routine, it's possible to experience the same side effects as you would introducing a retinol to your face.
"Retinization is the adjustment period during which the skin adapts to the use of topical retinoids. During this time the skin may become irritated, resulting in dryness, peeling, scaling, redness or a burning or stinging sensation," Dr. King explains. While these symptoms usually taper off by the fourth week of use, those with sensitive skin conditions like eczema or roscea may not be able to tolerate the ingredient.
To prevent irritation, Dr. Kind recommends looking for a formula that also contains moisturizing ingredients that will support the skin barrier. "Increase your use of moisturizers if needed, and start three nights per week and adjust as tolerated," she says.
Ahead, the retinol body lotions worth adding to your body care routine.
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