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A Triple Threat Retinol Night Cream That'll Make You Look Younger

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Retinols are for nighttime only and you must religiously wear an SPF.

We have mixed feelings about the term “anti-aging.” No one can stop from aging and who would want to? The older, the wiser. Wine gets better with age. You could be the next Helen Mirren. Anyway, we do believe that there is a smart and healthy way to age. If retinol is an ingredient that you (and your Skin Therapist) feel good about, then Image’s Ageless Total Retinol-A Creme is a truly unique product to help with slowing down, or even reverse the signs of aging.

It's important to understand retinol before using it.

Retinol is a derivative of antioxidant-rich, vitamin A. There are mixed feelings within skincare about the wonder ingredient. It “helps increase your skin’s natural exfoliation process from the bottom up,” our Skin Therapist, Taryn says. “It works by stimulating and increasing the production of healthy skin cells,” which is great. However, some people believe that retinol is often overused and given to skin that is not strong enough or ready for it.

If you aren’t sure or haven’t used it before, we’d highly recommend reading this deeper dive and talking with our Skin Therapist about it so you can make an educated choice. We don’t want you to set yourself back with a reaction. But there are anti-aging benefits galore for this guy and there are few products in which you can get glycolic acid, retinol, and polypeptides at the same time. That’s why Image’s Ageless Total Retinol-A Creme is a great product for many of our clients looking for a youthful boost.

Oh, so what is glycolic acid?

Glycolic acid is one of the most effective alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in skincare. You can learn a bit more about AHAs here, but basically, they act as an exfoliant to help shed our dull and potentially rough outer layer skin, promoting cells to turn over, and stimulating the production of collagen. This reduces wrinkles, decreases blemishes, and lightens both age and sunspots. It can even improve the barrier function of your skin and thicken the inner layers. “The great thing about Image’s cream is that you don’t need to exfoliate as much while using it,” our Skin Therapist, Eddie says, “it has exfoliating properties right in the cream.” So, that’s two major ingredients working to turn back the clock.

Then there are polypeptides?

Yep, then there are polypeptides. Peptides are made up of short-chain amino acids. When these acids are combined, they create a peptide and then those peptides join together to make specific proteins. Polypeptides do the same thing. However, instead of being short-chain, they’re long chain. The coolest thing about them is that when your skin interacts with one, it sees itself within the peptide and realizes that it needs to be producing more proteins. It’s like, “Hey, I used to be able to do that! I should try it again!”

Proteins are an important building block for your skin, and without them your skin has a hard time keeping firmness, filling up wrinkles, and bouncing back. Your body naturally produces these proteins (for example, collagen). But peptides can be both synthetic or natural, with lots coming directly from plants, which is why it’s helpful to use it in your skincare to remind your skin that it can do more naturally to live up to its fullest potential. They also get help from the fatty acids and antioxidants like shea butter and cucumber, which help your body absorb your new peptide friends. That’s a whole team helping your skin look younger and fresher.

So this seems like a powerhouse, but is it as strong as what a dermatologist would prescribe?

Because of the amount of retinol in the product, it is not. “It’s actually a great beginner retinol,” Eddie confirms, “because it’s not as strong, but you’ll still see great results for acne and signs of aging. In fact, I use it to stimulate cell turnover in clients who are suffering from hereditary acne.” And two of the key ingredients of the creme are oats and rice, which help soothe the skin, something you won’t find in a heavy-hitting prescription-based formula.

Awesome, so how do I use it?

The first thing to know is that when you use any retinol product, you are making your skin super sensitive to the sun. Retinol products should be used at night and you should (always, anyway) be wearing SPF during the day. This is especially important if you’re going to be using anything with retinol during the Summer.

As for how often to use it, “with all retinol products, I recommend that my clients start once a week for one week, then twice a week for two weeks, then three times a week for three weeks, and so forth,” our Skin Therapist, Jacqueline, recommends. This way we can see how your skin reacts to it. Some skin can have a hard time with retinol, resulting in extreme dryness, redness, and flaking. “You can easily mix this cream with a moisturizer,” our Skin Therapist, Jenna suggests. “That way you’ll still get all the benefits of it but give your skin a hydration blast at the same time.” Another option is to use it with a hyaluronic acid. “Hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight, so serums with it are a great base to keep in moisture,” Jenna adds. And as always, we’re more than happy to discuss the product with you at your next facial. As long as you promise to become BFFs with your SPF.

Pick up the Image Ageless Total Retinol-A Creme here.

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