SKIN CARE can be a convoluted puzzle.
Between the myriad of ingredients, the marketing and the volume of choice, there’s a lot to consider.
But if it’s anti-ageing treatments you’re after, there’s one ingredient many dermatologists call “the gold standard”: retinoids.
“The way I personally think of it is that it’s like a hierarchy,” cosmetic chemist Michelle Wong from Lab Muffin Beauty Science says.
“You have a sunscreen as preventative, and then you have a retinol, and if you still want more, you work your way down. Vitamin C is probably next on my list.”
Known for their influence on acne and collagen production, there is “strong scientific evidence” behind retinoids and their impact on the skin.
But if skincare labels aren’t confusing enough already, you’ve probably seen many iterations of retinoids listed on them — perhaps without even realising.
So what do they all mean?
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— Kate Midena