Retinol is one of the most widely researched and effective anti-aging ingredients available.

Retinol is vitamin A and is considered the gold standard for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, and more.

How does retinol work as an anti aging product?

Retinol neutralizes the free radicals that cause collagen damage. It regulates cell growth and division, and can stimulate new collagen production, a protein that declines with age and leads to skin aging. It increase blood flow and reduces inflammation.

Collagen is essential for strong, youthful looking skin. As you age, your body produces less collagen and your collagen stores break down contributing to thin and sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Retinol is known to promote these skin benefits

  • Skin texture
  • Hydration levels
  • Tone
  • Age spots
  • Consistent skin pigmentation

There are two types of vitamin A:

Preformed vitamin A – This is found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.

Provitamin A – This comes from carotenoids found in dark leafy greens and yellow/orange fruit. The most common and effective form of provitamin A is beta-carotene.

Both provitamin A and preformed vitamin A are metabolized by your liver and skin cells into retinol and retinoic acid, the active forms of vitamin A your skin needs.

Retinol produced in your liver from the food you eat is transported to your skin through your pores and hair follicles.

Argan Oil and Prickly Pear Serum are rich in carotenoids, especially beta-carotene which your skin converts into retinol when applied topically.

Side Effects of Retinols

A very common side effect of topical retinoid therapy is “retinoid dermatitis,” also referred to as retinoid irritation or retinoid reaction. Retinoid dermatitis is characterized by erythema, scaling, dryness, and pruritis.

Another problem with retinol is that it’s usually combined with alcohol to help the skin to absorb it.  As we known alcohols are allergens that can cause dryness, irritation and breakouts and should be avoided.

It’s also important to remember that pure retinol skin care products should only be used at night.

This is because they act as strong exfoliants, potentially leaving fresh skin cells sensitive and vulnerable to UV rays.

Retinol can also break down when exposed to sunlight, making it far less effective. It’s often recommended to apply sunscreen after using Retinol products.


The ideal way to get the benefits of retinol is by topically applying argan or prickly pear serum. This is recommended as they combine the benefits of retinol together with complementary natural ingredients that mitigate the unwanted side effect of pure retinol.