Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Difference Between Two Anti-Aging Skincare Ingredients: Retinol vs Hyaluronic Acid

Both Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid have been two of the most sought ingredients in skincare products due to their anti-aging and hydrating properties. Anti-aging serums or moisturizers are usually more popular among women in their 30s because many still believe that anti-aging treatment is redundant for those who are still in their early 20s.

While the belief is not entirely wrong, starting your treatment with retinol and HA-packed skin products as early as possible may help prevent more wrinkles from popping out once you hit your 30s.


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Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a type of polysaccharide that is naturally found on the skin to maintain the healthy skin barrier. As you age, your skin will experience Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) which means your skin barrier may be jeopardized due to the loss of moisture and elasticity.

Frequently using HA serums as soon as possible will help replace the evaporated moisture, lock it in place and stimulate collagen production on your skin. Thus, your skin will feel more supple and hydrated.

The good news is HA is safe to be used by everyone of any age and skin type.


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Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative and subtype of retinoids. When applied to the skin, it turns into retinoic acid.

The usage of retinol helps reduce hyperpigmentation, brighten the skin, and enhance skin regeneration. Your skin will feel supple and smooth after multiple usages through your everyday skincare routine.

As an anti-aging ingredient, retinol works as a chemical exfoliant that induces skin cell renewal by stripping off the dead ones. That way, visible fine lines and wrinkles on the skin can be reduced.

Despite having numerous benefits, you should be cautious when using a retinol-based product as it may irritate sensitive skin. Side effects from the usage are dryness, redness, and flakiness on the skin. In addition to that, retinol is not safe to use for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Retinol can only be applied during the nighttime routine.

Monika Velin
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