It took me a while to get on board with all this green and clean beauty stuff. I was set firmly in the camp of "My skin looks goooood, so who cares what I'm putting on it." Being a single gal in my 20s, having skin that would get the attention of a construction worker as I walked down the street was a top priority, so I ended up going hard-core and got myself on a subscription of products containing benzoyl peroxide, which would eradicate any acne that decided it wanted to show up on my face. Like killing a housefly by setting a fire. And it was amazing. I looked terrific. No more acne. I could put on my tube top, flare jeans and plastic hoop earrings (you can guess which decade I was in my 20s), and know I'd given myself the best chance to meet some guys because my skin was acne free. This lasted for a while; for years I used the same regimen with great results. I used it twice a day, every day and never traveled without it. Little did I know this would only be the start of the . . .
When you have adult acne and the signs of aging are creeping up on you, wouldn't it be really great if there was a one stop shop for treatment of both? Keeping a simple routine is important for my lifestyle. I want a single regimen that does it all, and better yet, a single product. Is that even possible? Retinol Luckily that unicorn does exist, and it's RETINOL! Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and a powerful ingredient for treating both acne and signs of aging (e.g., lines, dark spots and dehydrated skin). So why is it considered a skin must-have by both clean beauty enthusiasts and dermatologists alike? Retinol works by promoting cellular turnover, which treats both acne and aging. As the top layers of skin renew, younger looking skin is exposed. As this process occurs, acne-causing bacteria is also removed from the surface of the skin. As dead skin cells are removed, the complementary products you use are allowed to function to their maximum potential. Dead skin . . .