How Retinoids Work
|Green Cream is a dermatologist developed high potency retinol cream (a retinoid) that uses a patented delivery system. The Green Polymer Cooling Gel mechanism allows Green Cream users to receive one of the highest concentrations of retinol available today while reducing the incidence of side effects – such as redness, drying and flaking – commonly experienced by individuals using retinol products.
Read on for more information about Vitamin A derivatives including retinol and retinoic acid and how they can benefit your skin.
Unlike many other retinol formulations, Green Cream contains concentrations of retinol that will actually make a difference to your skin. 3 different levels are available to suit the needs of your skin:
|Green Cream Level 3 (0.3% retinol) – for those with sensitive skin|
|Green Cream Level 6 (0.6% retinol) – most users can start with this level|
|Green Cream Level 9 (0.9% retinol) – for experienced users. Level 9 makes an excellent alternative to a prescription retinoid.|
What is Retinol?
Retinol is the whole vitamin A molecule. In order to be active on skin cells, retinol must be broken down into retinoic acid in order to exert its action. Retinoic acid is also called tretinoin. Tretinoin is the active ingredient in prescription products such as Renova and Retin A.
Collectively, retinol and retinoic acid are referred to as retinoids. Retinoids are used in skin care to help slow down skin aging by increasing the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. They may be used to treat photoaging, acne, pigmentation disorders such as melasma and solar lentigos, as well as rosacea. The result for users is a younger looking, smoother and more luminous skin.
Retinol does need to be available in decent concentrations in order to be effective. If a product doesn’t reveal how much retinol it contains, chances are that it’s negligible and may not deliver any significant benefit to your skin.
Retinol is very light and air sensitive, breaking down down quickly if exposed. When looking for a retinol cream, it’s extremely important to select products with packaging that will maintain the potency of the active ingredient. Jars, tubes and transparent containers are no-nos. Instead, opt for retinol products packaged in opaque, airless pumps. Because the product is protected from air and light, you can be assured that your product is active from the moment it’s opened until it’s finished.
How Does Retinol Work?
Retinol breaks down into retinoic acid upon application to skin. Once absorbed, it encourages skin cells to communicate and function normally, a process that is often disrupted during the natural aging process. When skin cells communicate and function correctly, there are several benefits to skin:
- Increase in cell turnover in the top layer of skin (epidermis). The production of new skin cells causes skin to look brighter and smoother
- Stimulation of collagen production which leads to the appearance of smoother and plumper skin
- Reduces pigmentation associated with sun damage
In addition, retinol has been shown to help shrink oil glands which can reduce pore size and diminish scars. It may be helpful in the treatment of acne. Retinol also possesses antioxidant ability to help in the fight against free radicals, which can age skin.
Retinol is an important part of any anti-aging skin care regimen. It offers the following benefits to skin:
- Tighten skin, diminish wrinkles and make your skin feel and look younger.
- Help skin look smoother with a luminescent glow.
- Help pores appear smaller, even out skin tones, and lighten discolorations.
- Cleanse pores and eliminate blemishes.
Retinol Must be Packaged Appropriately
Because retinol breaks down so easily upon exposure to air and light, it’s important to ensure that the packaging will keep the product potent from start to finish. Green Cream utilizes a special airless pump encased in opaque packaging so you can be assured that the product’s potency is maintained.
How To Use Green Cream
Green Cream contains an active ingredient so if you have never used a retinoid or your skin is sensitive to topical treatments, you should test a small area of your face and then wait 24 hours for any kind of reaction.
Green Cream is tolerated best by gradual introduction. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to start with Level 3. Non-sensitive skin types may start with Level 6. Level 9 should not be used until you have been using Level 6 for at least 3 to 6 months on a daily basis. Level 9 contains the highest concentration of retinol available without a prescription and makes an excellent alternative to a prescription retinoid.
If you experience no reaction by performing a patch test follow this schedule to get used to adding Green Cream to your routine:
1. Apply a small amount to your face once a week for 2 to 3 weeks.
2. Next, apply Green Cream 3 times a week for a month.
Ultimately, your goal should be to work up to applying Green Cream every other night. Be patient as your skin adapts to a retinol treatment. Even with infrequent applications, you should see some results.
Read and follow directions that come with the Green Cream.
Green Cream Side Effects
Retinols can cause irritation with initial use. This is a natural part of getting used to the treatment and eventually your skin will adjust.
Burning or stinging sensations may be felt during the first few weeks of use. Redness or a mild rash can also develop. Discontinue use of the product for a few days and apply a bland moisturizer or mild hydrocortisone cream or lotion as needed. The latter should be discontinued when symptoms are improved.
Flaking may occur since dull sun-damaged cells are being shed and new, younger cells are being stimulated. As needed, using a mild exfoliant followed by a moisturizer can help shed the peeling skin.