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The minute you start researching anything related to wrinkle reduction or anti-aging, you’re bound to come across products that contain retinol. In fact, it’s probably one of the first ingredients you’ll discover. Retinol is treated like a miracle ingredient and you can find it in practically any age-defying product from drugstore shelves to department stores.

Retinol may be a miracle ingredient, but just because a product contains retinol doesn’t mean the product is effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also doesn’t mean the product contains anything else of value for your skin.

Beware: Many companies use small amounts of retinol in their products for marketing purposes only. The actual product doesn’t contain enough retinol to make it effective. It’s important to know the facts about retinol, what it does, and what products are the best at delivering it to your skin.

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If you’ve been noticing the signs of aging on your skin, it might be time to consider a product with retinol. Signs of aging skin include:

Fine lines around your eyes, the bridge of your nose, and around your mouth;

Wrinkles on your forehead and between your eyebrows;

Sagging, dehydrated skin that doesn’t look firm;

A dull, lackluster complexion that doesn’t radiate health like it once did.

Seeing your skin age can be difficult, but there are some great products available that can help you keep your skin looking youthful and radiant no matter what age, and no matter what condition your skin is currently in.

Let’s discover what retinol is, what it can do, and what products you should be using right now.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is really a derivative of Vitamin A. There’s an entire group of vitamin A derivatives that are called “retinoids,” and they can be used for their anti-aging properties as well as to help with blemishes and bumps.

Retinol is available by prescription in topical creams that are used to treat the occurrence of mild blemishes and bumps in the skin. It’s especially beneficial for older people who suffer from blemishes, as it can be used to help reduce blemishes and smooth fine lines and wrinkles at the same time.

Retinol is also a top ingredient in many beauty and skincare products. You can even find foundations and lipsticks that contain traces of it. You don’t need a prescription to use a retinol-based skin care item like a moisturizer.

Retinol is beneficial for the skin for more than just the anti-aging aspect, so if you aren’t necessarily concerned with turning back the hands of time just yet, you can still get some great results from retinol products in terms of radiance and overall skin texture and tone.

While retinol may have made its claim to fame by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, there are many other benefits of retinol that are equally as important.

As such, here are the top 5 areas that can benefit from retinol:

Wrinkles and fine lines. Retinol helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting overall skin health in aging skin. So what does that actually mean? When you apply a retinol cream to your skin, it firms the skin and works to even out complexion for a newfound glow by supporting cell turnover, which helps to bring newer skin cells to the surface of your skin.

Because of this fast turnover, your skin may feel extra sensitive. It’s important to make sure you’re gentle with your skin and that you only use retinol products as directed.

Additionally, our skin begins to lose fat as we age. This is one area you definitely don’t want to lose weight! The fat underneath our skin makes it appear fuller and healthier. We begin to see fine lines and wrinkles form as we age because of fat loss in our skin, and retinol can help remedy this by making the skin appear more supple.

Skin texture and appearance. Retinol helps restore the youthful look of skin that is dull and lackluster. When your skin cells turnover more quickly, your overall complexion is more youthful and radiant. Retinol aids in skin tone and appearance so your skin looks healthier and feels smoother.

Blemish fighter. If you suffer from recurrent blemishes, you know it can be frustrating to feel like you can never find a product that truly works to alleviate unsightly bumps. Retinol helps fight blemishes by increasing cellular turnover and making dead skin cells drier. When the dead skin is drier, it’s easier to remove when you cleanse your skin.

Removal of dead skin cells is crucial in the prevention of future blemishes. Dead skin cells can clog pores and create even more bumps.

Dark spot destroyer. Got sunspots? We feel you. We may have spent a little too much time in the sun sans sunscreen, ourselves, back in the day. Thankfully, we’ve wised up and are diligent about suncare, but for those sunspots from days past, retinol is a go-to. In fact, a 2016 study found that retinol was effective in supporting skin, helping it to appear brighter and healthier.

You don’t need a prescription to try it. One of the best things about retinol is its massive availability. However, as we mentioned previously, it’s important to make sure the product you’re purchasing has enough retinol in it to make it effective.

You don’t need to see the dermatologist or spend a fortune to reap the benefits of a retinol product. In fact, you can find retinol in our own night repair cream.

While retinol is a great product that is generally well-tolerated, there are some side effects to know about if you decide to use it.

Side Effects of Retinol

With retinol’s seemingly endless list of benefits, it’s hard to imagine any side effects, but there are a few.

It’s important to start using a retinol product slowly to make sure you don’t have any adverse reaction to it.

Here are some side effects you may experience:

Dryness and/or peeling of skin




General Irritation

While it’s unlikely you’ll experience all of these side effects, if you notice your skin is a little dry or flaky, skip a day of use on your retinol product until your skin tolerates it better. If you do experience side effects, don’t give up! Retinol is a proven ingredient and your skin may just need a little extra time to adjust to it.

Products That Contain Retinol

We’d be remiss if we didn’t fill you in on the best products that contain retinol. In fact, if you’re going to start off with just one, we’d highly recommend a night cream. Retinol is a reparative ingredient, which means it goes to work when you apply it. Because your skin does most of its healing and repairing overnight, there’s no better time to use a retinol product than just before bed.

Retinol isn’t the only ingredient you want to find in a night repair cream.

Here are some go-to ingredients that work synergistically with retinol to give your skin noticeable results:

CBD oil. Cannabidiol (“CBD”) is a hemp-derived plant oil that contains powerful antioxidants, flavonoids, and terpenes that deeply hydrate and nourish your skin. CBD can work with other skin healthful ingredients like retinol to promote an overall smoother and more youthful skin tone and texture and deliver balanced hydration to your skin (i.e. oily parts get less oily, dry parts get less dry).

Probiotics. Probiotics are essential in a night cream. Your skin is a microbiome of good bacteria that helps keep your skin healthy. Delivering probiotics to your skin ensures your skin maintains good levels of bacteria, setting the stage for evenly-toned, balanced skin.

Chlorella. If you’re looking for increased elasticity and skin that is visibly and physically firmer, chlorella is your go-to ingredient. This plant-based extract helps smooth and plump your skin, while soothing and calming skin irritations.

You can find all these ingredients in QULCBD’s night repair cream. Used alongside our other CBD skin care products, you can get amazing benefits that are noticeable in appearance and texture. You can trust the retinol contained in our night repair cream is top-notch, too. We source all of our product ingredients carefully to ensure they are the best available and the safest for our consumers and their skin.

Retinol really is a miracle ingredient, and there’s a benefit for every skin type when using it. If you haven’t started using a retinol-based product, now is the time. You’ll enjoy a healthier, more radiant appearance, and skin that feels overall smoother and firmer. Retinol can transform your skin by helping to erase the appearance of lines and wrinkles, fight blemishes, and diminish sunspots.


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