A Woman's Best Friend: Retinol

Vitamin A is the one remarkable ingredient that does it all—exfoliates, repairs, retexturizes, rejuvenates.

Skin cells are formed and shed off naturally every thirty days. Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, accelerates that renewal cycle to between 10 and 14 days. The upper layers of dead skin are shed off more quickly and the build-up of new debris is minimized. New skin is revealed, collagen production is stimulated. The dermis is increased as cells plump. The cell layers on the surface of the skin are reduced from 14 layers of compacted dead cell debris to eight or nine resiliently elastic layers that give skin a healthy, youthful glow.

The A-List of Benefits

  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Repairs cellular structure
  • Reverses photo-aging
  • Breaks up excess melanin to brighten skin
  • Decreases sebum production
  • Diminishes and refines pores
  • Diminishes blemishes
  • Strengthens the skin matrix
  • Improves hydration
  • Increases blood flow
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production
  • Thickens the dermis
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Gives skin a glowing appearance

Because of the highly active nature of Vitamin A, you will both see and feel the results in your skin. Don’t fear the flake. Micro-peeling is what you want. Add a little Buffing Grains into your routine to help remove any flaking. While a little extra moisturizer may be helpful, during this time. Your skin isn’t dry. It’s regenerating.During the renewal process, if your skin becomes too sensitive or develops red circular patches, simply slow the process by using your Vitamin A serum less often.

Instructions for using Vitamin A/Retinol Correctives

If you haven’t used Vitamin A before, it’s best to start with a lower concentration to allow skin to acclimate. As skin acclimates, bump up to stronger formulas to keep your progress going.

Start by using your Vitamin A every night. You may experience redness, dryness and flaking on day 3 or 4. Let your skin rest for a day or two and then resume using your Vitamin A every other night. Vitamin A is an active corrective that requires special care. Some clients may use nightly while other do better just applying once or twice per week. 

Vitamin A is best used at night after a thorough cleansing. 

It is normal to experience redness, dryness, and flaking at various stages of using Vitamin A. Once the skin exfoliates it will rebound and replenish.

Jeana Recommends

  • Top your retinol corrective with a few drops of Rhonda Allison Sea Gems.This will reduce the likely hood of any unpleasant irritation during the adjustment period.
  • Working up to using a retinol corrective 2 - 5 nights per week. Leave your retinol corrective at home while traveling or vacationing. During the summer months, choose a gentler formula.
  • For some, it may take up to 90 days for skin to adjust to Vitamin A.  Typically, the more damaged the skin the more flaking you will see.  Some clients find they use their corrective nightly and only experience flaking once or twice per year… every skin is different.

Recommendations – Healthy Aging

If you are new to Retinol, I recommend that you start with Rhonda Allison SynErgy A.Once your skin has adjusted and you have finished your current bottle of SynErgy A, then my recommendations are as follows:

Summer Season – Rhonda Allison ChronoPeptide A (Best when layered over Rhonda Allison Mandelic Arginine Serum.)

Sensitive Skin types – Rhonda Allison SynergyA (Best when layered over Rhonda Allison Mandelic Arginine Serum.)

Dry, Aging or Sun damaged – Rhonda Allison Retinol Supreme (my personal favorite) with Sea Gems, Le Mieux Retinol Serum, Bion Bio Replenish A-C-E or Visual Changes Retexture Cream.

Oily and/or enlarged pores - Rhonda Allison Salicylic Serum, Bion A + Antioxidant Complex or Skin Script Glycolic & Retinol Pads

Recommendations - Acne

Those with inflamed acne should not start a Retinol serum until all inflammation is gone.If you have inflamed acne start HERE

Blemish prone but not inflamed acne – Skin Script Glycolic & Retinol Pads

Recommendations – Congested/Blackhead Prone

Congested and pebbly skin does great with Retinol. The increased exfoliation will help decongest the pores and pull pebble to the surface.

Dry or Sensitive Skin Types – Face Reality Vitamin A Corrective I or Lelexo Provitalize Level I.

NOTE: In order to purchase Face Reality Corrective Serums, you must LOG IN and shop> Face Reality> Pro Strength>

Normal Skin Types – Face Reality Vitamin A Corrective II, Bion Vitamin A+ Antioxidant Complex or Skin Script Glycolic & Retinol Pads

Oily and/or very congested Skin Types - Lelexo Provitalize Level II, working up to Level III, as needed

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