Let's compare Retinol to AHAs for a better comprehension how they work and how you can benefit from them. Most of you may know that they are both great anti-aging ingredients, but which one is best for you? Before we get into it, let us remind you: for best results it's mandatory to prepare the skin with an exfoliation (use 1-3 times per week a home exfoliation or 1-2 times per month mechanical or acid exfoliation at our med spa) for deeper product penetration and better results.
Retinol a.k.a Retinoic Acid/ Retinoids/ Vitamin A/ Vita A are usually recommended by professionals to help improve hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and acne scars, since it has the ability to boost collagen production and increase skin cell turnover. While Retinol has antioxidant properties, which help to fight free radical damage and clears away blocked pores, some individuals can experience skin irritation when used alone. Solution? Apply our Retinol Cream at Night and SOS Cream in the Morning. This way you'll do a treatment at night and nourish your skin in the AM. Our SOS Cream is based on Aloe Vera, which will hydrate, calm and soften the skin; it also has many other nourishing ingredients, which are great for sensitive and reactive skins. Improve your skin on a deeper level with Retinol Serum + Cream at Night.
Did you know? You will get better results by applying a treatment cream in the PM, since your skin's cell regeneration power is higher at night when you are asleep. Nourish in the morning, treat at night.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid a.k.a AHAs, include Glycolic Acid (from sugar cane), Mandelic Acid (bitter almonds), Lactic Acid (milk) and Malic Acid (apples and pears) are used to exfoliate the skin by removing layers of dead cells (depending on consistency; f.y.i. our products are delicate, so you won't experience discomfort, yet you will see visible results and improvement from the first application), which can result to dry or/and dull skin. Using AHAs promote new cell creation, which give the skin a fresher, healthier and more vibrant look. Though regular use, you'll also benefit from pigmentation, fine line and wrinkle reduction. You can use our AHA Emulsion at Night (as a treatment) and Hydrating Emulsion (made with Hyaluronic Avid a.k.a. HA and other quality ingredients) in the Morning, which will nourish and plump your skin in the AM.
Can we use Retinol and AHAs at the same time? Some Professionals say we can, while other say we shouldn't. Our solution (to be safe); use 1 at a time! Do a Retinol + Sos Treatment, then do a AHA + Hydrating Treatment or the other way around. You can also find other moisturizing options in our online shop. We now cary fully organic products, which are vegan or bio med products, which are result oriented.
One more thing; whenever you treat your skin with Retinol or AHAs, its important for you to use sun protection SPF 30 ideally (remember: more than 30 doesn't protect better, it only has more chemicals), which will protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Keep your skin safe during the day!
If you are ready for a more advanced treatment; you can always book a free consultation with us at our med spa and discover more available options. We hope you are taking care of yourself, staying healthy and safe. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.