So recently I have been trying to wrap my head around a magical, mythical sounding even, ingredient which supposedly visibly smooths out wrinkles, and practically obliterated breakouts. Ahem, excuse me for a moment whilst I take a thirty minute dance break!
Somehow, somewhere exists an ingredient that has been shown to single handedly improve skin texture, and tighten pores into tiny little non-existent entities.
If you have any dark spots, sun-spots, age-spots, brown spots, and even precancerous lesions (that’s a word!), this ingredients would help lessen the look of those things.
The fabulous unicorn of cosmetics can quiet literally turn back the skin’s clock to a more luminous past.
The final nail in the coffin, and coup to bad skin however, has to be the fact that this ingredient has been tested by both researchers and skeptics exhaustively! It was scrutinized for decades, just to make sure that it could really be as potent as it appeared, and hell–I am happy to report that it was!
You’d think that by now every single cosmetics company worth their weight in gold would use this mythical ingredient in almost everything.
Acne treatment check!
But what is this “unicorn of unicorns”, “ingredient of ingredients?” I hear you ask…
Ladies, and Gent’s I give you; Retinol
You’ve probably heard this name before, because alas the product is actually not very new on the market. It was discovered 81 years ago, which makes it a veteran compared to all the new super ingredients that we have all recently seen out on the market.
It seems that Retinol has actually been hiding in plain sight for the past few years, but you know, with a few new developments like in Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Anti-Wrinkle Cream, this miracle ingredient is coming back to the fore!
Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Anti Wrinkle Cream, and Retinol?
You read correctly Bella Terra’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream is an intensive anti-wrinkle treatment that visibly diminishes the appearance of expression lines, reduces even deep wrinkles, moisturizes skin throughout the day and leaves skin soft, smooth and younger-looking…
The best part about this cream (which is quiet multi faceted, and I will get to that in a minute) is that it contains retinol, a form of vitamin A that–as I have already stated–has the ability to increase the production of skin-plumping collagen fibers which in turn increase the firmness and elasticity of skin.
How is Bella Terra’s Anti Wrinkle Cream multi-faceted?
All retinoids—the umbrella name for a class of compounds that encompasses retinol, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinol aldehyde, and a host of others—are derivatives of vitamin A, one of the body’s key nutrients. Vitamin A’s mighty chemical makeup was identified in 1931, and the man who isolated and described it, Swiss chemist Paul Karrer, and he even received the Nobel Prize for all that hard work!
Here’s a quick history on Retinol;
- Retinol was a slightly unstable compound, that was prone to quick degeneration when exposed to oxygen and light.
- By the 1960s, researchers were metabolizing retinol into its more stable, and more active retinoic acid and were beginning to understand its tremendous power in skin-care applications.
- Retin-A—a brand name for retinoic acid (also known as tretinoin)—was FDA-approved in 1971 as a prescription-strength treatment for acne, but dermatologists noticed almost immediately that a lot more than just breakouts were vanishing.
- Scores of patients began reporting a reduction in fine lines and hyper-pigmentation, and the stampede to becoming a test subject began.
Dang! Had I known about Retin-A sooner, I probably would have used it my darn self, and just given the rest of these ingredients a break!
“Vitamin A is the go-to skin-care ingredient,” says Jennifer Linder, M.D., a Scottsdale, Arizona, dermatologist and chief scientific officer for the clinical line PCA Skin. “The best anti-ager is sunscreen; the next is vitamin A. Nothing else approaches it,” she says.
Virtually all skin-care experts agree on this point—and in today’s world of peptides, growth factors, glacial water, and extracts from rare Corsican flowers, that’s saying a lot! Researchers realized that the miracle of Retinol was how it wasn’t active when applied to skin. Retinol goes on in an inert form and is then switched to on-mode by your own skin. Your cells receive the retinol, hang on to it until they’re ready, and then convert only what they need into retinoic acid. This has tremendous benefits, says dermatologist Dennis Gross, M.D.: “It dramatically reduces the negative effects of retinoic acid—the peeling, sun sensitivity, redness—but has all the same fundamental results. It just takes a little longer to get there.”
Okay. I’ve seen “Retinol” as an ingredient in products that don’t work!
That’s true! Retinol became such a buzzword, that some companies would add it into their cosmetics without much thought to how it would fare in that environment.
The latest breakthrough has been in making retinol stable enough to live in a bottle with other active ingredients.
So in Bella Terra’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream, the retinol molecules are each surrounded by a tiny polymer film, like a slim-fitting suit of armor that protects it from light, oxygen, and other aggressors. When you apply the cream to your face, you create chinks in the armor, which frees the retinol to do its work.
The best thing about this Anti-Wrinkle Cream isn’t just the fact that hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, and brown spots are dealt with. Nope! The best thing is that you can use this product both day and night!
The best way to use any product though, as most dermatologists will tell you is with an even more disciplined skin routine! Yes, Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a unicorn of sorts, but it’s not a jack of all trades.
Want to defeat bad skin once and for all?
Start with the basics, the Beauty Basics, and then you’ll be able to play with the big boys!
- The Truth Comes To The Fore (thatbword.wordpress.com)
- Save Your Skin With Retinol! (skinandbodyspa.wordpress.com)
- When Should You Stop Using Your Anti-Wrinkle Cream (frommedskool.com)