Are you as surprised as me to discover this is not the same product just spelled differently but they are completely different products. Retinal is the new girl on the block. so let us look at the two products individually as the world of beauty becomes increasingly confusing with hew products and science hitting the stores on a daily basis.
Firstly retinol/retinal forms an important part of any skin regime. Retinol is Vitamin A that creates retinoic acid this plays an important role in cell growth and regeneration of cells and also increases collagen production. If you are new to retinol start by using a low strength product two or three times a week for the first month , then build up gradually to a higher strength and using more regularly .
The benefits are an even toned compkexion, wrinkles and lines are diminished. Age spots appear more faded. Skin has a more radiant look …..and it works.
So hands up those who have not been using retinol in their beauty regime ? Go straight to the bottom of the class ! Whatever age you are retinol should be used as part of your daily regime preferably at night. Retinol is the gentler of the two and it is great for younger skins to prevent ageing, it is also great for acne and blemishes.
Retinol has to be converted to retinal then to retinoic acid by the skin so is slower to act but great for a long term approach to skin care.
Now for the new girl on the block. Even though retinal has been around for a long time it was difficult to isolate and frm a topical solution. But thanks to advances in beauty science and technology this has now finally reached our beauty shelves. Retinal is the stronger sister, it is proven to work 11x faster than ordinary retinol. It is ideal for mature skins wanting to see a significant improvement on lines and wrinkles. it also has an accelerated action on blemishes. the exfoliation rate is much higher making the skin instantly more radiant. This may prove too harsh for youthful skin.
The accelerated action of retinal is based on the fact that it converts directly to retinoic acid so it becomes a two stage process instead of a three stage one.
I currently use the MEDIK 8 Retinal and have just progressed to level 6.
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JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I WOULD RECCOMEND YOU DO NOT TAKE THIS ON VACATION WITH YOU, GIVE YOUR SKIN A BREAK IF YOU ARE SUNBATHING. I DO THINK IT IS RATHER HARSH TO DO BOTH. STICK TO THE SPF. I CURRENTLY USE MEDIK8 CRYSTAL RETINAL 6 AND LOVING IT. THE INKEY LIST ALSO DO A VERY REASONABLY PRICE HIGH QUALITY RETINOL REGIME.