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Retinol

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Chances are you've heard of retinol. After all, it's been crowned the reigning skin care savior by experts in the skin care field. But what is retinol really and is it the missing ingredient to your skin care regimen? In the most basic explanation, retinol is a type of vitamin A and belongs to the family of chemical compounds known as retinoids. It's most well-known for its effects on skin care largely due to its size.

The small molecular structure of retinol allows for penetration deep beneath the surface of your skin that, in turn, speeds up cellular renewal to improve the tone and texture of your complexion. Renowned for its line-smoothing effects, retinol also helps with acne and large pores. Here's how it works: retinol blocks the excess oil buildup that leads to acne in the form of whiteheads, blackheads and angry red bumps. What's more, retinol sloughs away the dead skin cells that make pores appear larger, allowing your pores to breathe while simultaneously making them appear smaller. Intrigued? There's more! Retinol is also a rich source of antioxidants. The potent powerhouse repels free-radical damage and all the premature aging that it brings along with it.

Plus, it boosts collagen production to aid in continually turning over cells to reveal new, healthier skin cells. To sum up all the benefits, retinol fades lines and wrinkles, controls acne, tightens the appearance of pores and continually renews skin to make it softer, smoother and more youthful. So, when you consider adding it to your skin care regimen, it's kind of a no brainer.

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