If you’ve been paying attention to the beauty blogosphere, you’ll continue to hear the popular buzzword: retinol. But what is it and do you really need it? Let us break it down for you.
Retinol is a type of retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A. Retinol products are skincare formulations that can build collagen and claim to make the skin look plump and minimize brown spots and wrinkles; they can be used in different doses based on how the skin reacts and the desired effects. But retinol is also a rapid exfoliator that breaks down skin cells in a faster manner than would naturally happen…and that’s not always a good thing.
Your skin does produce collagen and elastin when you use a retinol, but that’s because it thinks it’s being harmed. Even at the lowest dose, it can cause impairment in the protective barrier of the skin. The skin is so sensitive after repeated retinol use that even water could sting when its barrier function is impaired. When the barrier, which acts like a protective blanket for the skin, is impaired, you might see acne, thinning skin or redness and irritation.
At House of Hilt, we’re confident that customers can see radiant skin with our Plant Based, Filler Free, Toxin Free skincare. While we don’t offer a designated retinol alternative, we do offer products that provide a balanced, nourished, result without any harshness.
The namesake mint in our customer-favorite Herbal Mint Cleanser is naturally highly antibacterial and medicinal, making it perfect for all skin types, including people with rosacea and acne. It clears up bacteria, and you don’t have to cause inflammation or rapid exfoliation. It works in a very gentle manner, and the cooling effects are wonderful, especially for redness and inflammation.
Like all of our products, our Illuminating Eye Crème is infused with our proprietary House of Hilt Infusion system, a tincture that echoes retinol’s ability to dissolve skin debris and soften the visual effects of fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinol is known for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation in the skin. Our best-selling facial oil has the same benefits, only it uses 25 percent lipophilic Vitamin C to achieve them. A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C oxygenates and brightens the skin, making it the perfect alternative. Plus, this lovely oil is incredibly hydrating and soothing.