Retinol is the name given to the entire vitamin A molecule. Retinol is beneficial to the skin in various ways: it is an antioxidant, as well as a cell-communicating ingredient. Retinol is only able to communicate with a cell after it has been broken down into retinoic acid. Skin cells contain a receptor site that readily accepts retinoic acid, a key component of retinol.
The relationship between the skin cells and retinoic acid allows for a form of communication during which the cell is instructed to function normally. In this way, the cell is told to avoid functioning like an older or damaged cell, and to a certain extent, it is able to act according to this request. This is just one of the reasons why retinol is regarded as an interesting anti-aging ingredient.
Retinol aids the skin by providing for better creation of healthier skin cells, offers antioxidant support, while increasing the amount of substances that enhance the structural elements of the skin.
As one of the key elements recognized as beneficial for the improvement of skin structure, retinol does offer anti-cellulite benefits as well. In fact, when shopping for cellulite products, retinol should be top on your ingredient list.
In recent years, more stable forms of retinol have become available, along with a lot of great research on their effectiveness. When packaging skin care products that contain retinol, it is important to avoid containers that let in air (jars) or sunlight (clear containers) that could render the retinol ineffective.