A natural component of our skin, retinol and its esters reach from the basal layer of skin cells to the str. granulosum where they are responsible for cell proliferation and differentiation, and contribute to epidermal renewal. Nutrition, UV exposure, oxidative stress, and intrinsic aging all have the potential to deplete the natural vitamin A components of our skin.
Retinyl esters play a vital role in epidermal renewal, keratin synthesis, and contribute to the strength of collagen and elastin proteins. They also help our skin filter UV rays while preventing burning and redness. When paired with other beneficial antioxidants, they help enhance or skin’s defense against photoaging, improve the visible signs of aging, and improve skin health.
Photosensitivity is one of the most significant side effects of a topical vitamin A application. It should not be used when prolonged sun exposure is planned. Based on research and time-tested trials, a beneficial regimen with vitamin A should be completed with vitamin C, sunscreen, and hydroxy acid use.
VITAMIN C SERUM - AM
Amplify the skin’s protection from photoaging and help diminish the look of lines, wrinkles, and discolorations with a daily vitamin C treatment from High-Potent C, Opti-Renew Complex, or Mega C Complex.
HYDROXY ACIDS - PM
Complement the regenerative benefits of Revit-A-Lift by alternating nighttime use with Rejuvenation 10, Resurfacing Peel, or Cranberry Exfoliating Peel. Glycolic acid helps improve tone and texture while hydrating the skin.
COLLAGEN BOOST - AM/PM
Advanced signs of aging skin can benefit from the daily use of Rapid Renewal, Wrinkle Release, and Refirm. Each one of these Cellular Solutions products is formulated to help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and laxity.
SUN CARE - AM
Sun Protectant Lotion and Advanced Shades are the first line of defense in skin protection and should be used daily to prevent further photoaging. Vitamin A and hydroxy acid use increase sun sensitivity and the risk of burning with exposure.
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