Retinol: The hero skincare ingredient that everyone’s talking about

March 9, 2018

Wrinkles? Acne? Pigmentation? There isn’t a single bugbear retinol can’t fix.

There’s no quick fix for skin concerns, but retinol is as close as it gets to delivering transformative results. The anti-ageing ingredient could be the solution to many of your skincare woes and has been the ethos behind the Environ Skincare brand.

What is Retinol?

“Retinols belong to a class of compounds known as retinoids,” says consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson Dr Anjali Mahto.

“These agents are derived from vitamin A. Retinoids have repeatedly been shown in clinical trials to improve skin cell turnover and reduce the breakdown of collagen. They are helpful in reducing fine lines, pigmentation and marks left behind from acne.”

Benefits of using Retinol

Retinol is more or less the holy grail of skincare ingredients. According to experts, continued retinol use has the ability to significantly minimise the appearance of the following skin concerns:

Acne & Acne Scars

“Retinol helps to reduce comedones (AKA blackheads or whiteheads) and to improve pigmentation left behind by acne,” says Mahto.

How? By exfoliating the top layers of skin cells so that pores are much less likely to become clogged with dead skin.

Lines & Wrinkles

“As a person ages, collagen and cell production slow down, but retinol helps to encourage cell regeneration and ensure that new collagen continues to form,” says dermatologist Dr Howard Murad, founder of Murad Skincare.

“As a result, it has been shown to reduce wrinkles and increase skin texture.” Hello, soft, plump skin.

Dr Murad continues, “As collagen is replenished and old skin cells are shed, fine lines recede and skin begins to reveal a brighter, smoother texture.”


Retinol can blur pigmentation caused by things like sun damage (UVA) into submission – and it’s all thanks to its ability to increase cell turnover to a speed akin to lightning.

If you would like further information on retinol and its amazing benefits, please contact me at, where we offer free skin consultations at our Alresford, Hampshire location

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