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Why You Should Apply Retinoids at Night

17 Mar 2022

Because retinoids encourage your skin to push new skin to the surface at an accelerated rate, it also means that your skin will be more delicate and will need extra protection from the sun.

Dealing with normal life—not to mention a global pandemic—can stress a person out. (Raise a hand if you feel like you’ve aged 12 years in the past two…) Fine lines, white hairs—they’re all part of the normal aging process. When slathering yourself in sunscreen hasn’t prevented signs of aging from showing up sooner than you’d like, the next step is treatment to help support signs of youth. Enter: retinoids (read up on the benefits here and here ) as found in the Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum —and keep reading to learn why you should apply retinoids at night and at night only. 

YTTP’s Director of Field Sales + Education, Jacob Tomás del Rosario, explains. 

Functionally, retinoids are unique anti-aging superstars: they can directly influence a visible decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids all  react topically with the skin to convert into retinoid acid, which is what the skin needs in order to see results, and the fewer steps needed to convert into retinoic acid, the stronger the retinoid. Del Rosario puts it this way: if retinoids are like coffee, then retinol esters are the whole beans, retinols are coffee grounds, and retinaldehyde is a cup of coffee. Coffee that can help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, support an even tone, texture, decrease the appearance of pores, and brightens skin. Retinaldehyde, or retinal—with an A—is the form found in YTTP’s Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum —the closest dose you can get over the counter to an Rx.

“Retinoids accelerate your skin turnover rate,” says del Rosario. “As you age, your skin turnover rate slows down, kind of like a traffic jam. The retinal signals to your skin to start turning over more quickly, but there’s congestion beneath the top layer skin that needs to get pushed up first.” 

Because retinoids encourage  new skin to come to the surface at an accelerated rate, it also means that your skin will be more delicate and will need extra protection from the sun."

“You could technically use a retinol in the daytime,” says del Rosario, but he wouldn’t recommend it: “Most people don’t wear enough SPF or stay consistent with SPF re-application for this. In the daytime, you’re exposing  new skin to UVB rays, which makes you more prone to sun damage and photo damage. So it doesn’t matter if you’re using the best retinal product. Without sunscreen, it’s a moot point. There are so many great options on the market now—like powders and sprays!”

Retinal can be a major heavy hitter in your skincare routine, providing maximal results—and the way it’s formulated in the Youth Serum, minimal irritation. Any retinoids requires patience and diligence—start applying the Youth Serum one night per week—keep a close eye on how your skin is responding—and work your way up to every other night. Just make sure you’re slathering SPF 30 or higher on during the day.

Written by Jennifer Li for Youth To The People

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