There are a lot of similar-sounding skincare ingredients out there, and two that often get confused are retinol and retinoids. In addition to both sounding similar and having close spellings, these two ingredients also have very similar effects and can be found in a variety of anti-aging creams, moisturizers, cleansers, and other products. Making things even more confusing is the fact that retinol is a type of retinoid. So, what’s the difference? And which is better for your skin? Read on to find out!
Retinoids vs. Retinol
Retinoids and retinol are both forms of vitamin A, each with a slightly different molecular structure. Both ingredients have similar anti-aging properties and are able to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, acne spots, and psoriasis. A retinoid does this by accelerating the rate of division and growth in skin cells. The effectiveness of both ingredients has been proven in clinical trials, and both are FDA-approved.
Where retinoids and retinol differ is in the strength of their effects and how quickly results can be seen. Generally, retinoids are stronger than retinol. This is because the molecular structure of vitamin A in retinoids allows for faster skin cell turnover and production, and most products with a retinoid have a higher concentration of active ingredients. Additionally, due to its less potent effects, retinol is available over the counter, while other retinoids are typically only available with a prescription.
What’s Best for My Skin?
You may think that if you want results faster, you should use a retinoid, but it isn’t that simple. Instead, you’ll want to consider your skin type and what issues you’re trying to treat before deciding between retinol or another kind of retinoid. If you have dry or sensitive skin, we recommend either starting with a retinol or a retinoid specifically formulated to minimize irritation.
Peach & Lily’s Retinal For All Renewing Serum
Meet Retinal For All – a retinoid you can use without the worry for efficient results. Uniquely formulated to be suitable for all skin types, this retinol serum includes a potent dose of 0.1% retinal, the most potent retinoid after an Rx that visibly smooths, brightens, and strengthens while hydrating ingredients protect your sensitive skin from flakiness, redness, irritation.
Finally, a powerful retinoid product that visually improves fine lines, scarring and breakouts while being gentle on the skin. Transform your skin without the worry with Retinal for All. At Peach & Lily caring for your skin is our greatest privilege. Thank you for trusting us with your skin care needs. Our mantra from day one has been 100% Worry Free™ – and that will never change.
Cheers to radiance, Peaches!