Retinoids and Dry Skin: What are retinoids and what do they do?


Retinoids: what are they and what do they do?

Vitamin A derivatives retinol and retinoids are widely regarded as some of the most potent active chemicals in skincare products available today. Retinoids accelerate cellular turnover, so they can help diminish fine lines, cleanse pores, and more! They can also help remove scars and hyperpigmentation. Great, isn’t that right? However…


There are variations among retinoids

There are numerous varieties of Vitamin A derivatives available, each with a unique performance profile, level of potency and adverse effects. The idea that using retinol and retinoids and lead to dry, flaky skin or that they are bad for persons with dry skin is one of the most frequently expressed worries. While it’s true that some retinoids, particularly retinol and tretinoin, have drying adverse effects, the HPR retinoids in Aqua A are constructed differently.

The results without the side effects

Hydroxypinacolone retinoate, often known as HPR retinoid, is the main component in our Aqua A Retinoid Renewing Serum. It is extremely efficient while being considerably less irritating to the skin. Additionally, Aqua A is made with moisturizing squalane, plumping ceramides, a strong blend of oils rich in amino acids, and kakadu plum oil, all of which aid to prevent any drying. 

The perfect winter Retinoid

Winter can actually be one of the best times to start using retinoids, as we’re typically inside more and less exposed to the sun. Since retinoids do sensitize skin to the sun, it’s important to reduce excessive sun exposure when starting or practicing a retinoid routine. If you live in a climate where temps drop and your skin reacts to lower moisture in the air, opting for a lower-irritation retinoid – and one with additional moisturizing properties like Aque A – is the best way to continue using a retinoid in the winter months.


Retinoid Do’s & Dont’s in Winter

  1. Even in cloudy weather, remember to use SPF!
    It’s important to protect your skin while using retinoids every day, not just on sunny days.
  2. Put on layers! Winter is the greatest time to utilize your nourishing serums and calming moisturizers, and we’re not just talking about sweater weather. To assist your skin absorb and seal in water, try applying a rich occlusive moisturizer as the final step in your evening routine.
  3. If your skin is really dry or sensitive, use the buffering method! Aqua A is designed to be used as the initial layer of skincare after cleansing and is made with highly nourishing elements that help avoid over-drying. But people with really dry and/or sensitive skin may find that layering a gentle moisturizer under your retinoid can help prevent sensitization. This “buffering” slows down the absorption process of your retinoid, which can help reduce irritation.
  4. 4. Make skincare easier!
    When utilizing a retinoid, consider cutting back on the quantity of active ingredients in your regimen. You might only require applying your retinoid 2–3 times each week. PSA: Winter is the ideal season for practicing skin cycling.

An moisturizing Winter Retinoid Ritual:

  1. Cleanse with Pamplemousse

  2. Hydrate with Bohemian Ruby

  3. Treat with Aqua A

  4. Moisturize with Mahina Elixir

  5. Lock in moisture with Bless Balm

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