For most people, Retinol (aka. Vitamin A or C20H30O) is the proverbial fountain of youth for skin that is damaged, aging, or compromised. The most common natural source for retinol is beta carotene. Within the skin, retinol can be converted retinoic acid.Y ou don”t need a prescription for the lotions and potions that include retinol, but you do need patience. It can take up to a year, used properly and regularly, to see results. But still, Retinol has been proven to be effective at helping to prevent and even reverse some skin aging. Retinol helps to re-surface skin because it attaches to almost any skin cell and convinces it to behave like a younger, healthy skin cell. Retinol also works as an antioxidant, which can prevent free radicals and increase collagen production; it can also reduce existing wrinkles, fight acne, unclog pores, strengthen aging skin, and repair sun-damaged skin. Again, used properly, and regularly and over time, you will see clearer skin, reduced fine lines and more youthful skin. Nice to know, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes retinol and retinyl palmitate on its list of substances affirmed as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS).
Without going into too manytechnical details, while retinol is a modern fountain of youth in many respects, it also can be unstable, due to oxidataion issues and other issues. But time marches on, and technological advancements have produced a new way to deliver retinol in an even more precise and effective form — called Micro-Retinol. The Micro-Retinol is naturally stabilized with sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) and tocopherol (vitamin E). The Advice Sisters have been told that this technology is exclusive to a line we Love: Pevonia. One very effective manufacturing technology for retinol delivery is the Tegosphere. The Tegosphere is a spongy microcapsule that swells to trigger the release of actives. The release of actives begins when the Tegosphere senses the pH, warmth and moisture of the skin. This delivery mechanism reinforces the stability, activity and efficiency of the retinol. Studies have shown that the Tegosphere® retains and reinforces the efficacy of retinol delivery by more than 70% of the encapsulated retinol. Pevonia’s Micro-RetinolTM disperses tiny retinol micro-particles within the skin. Serving as an expedited delivery system, Micro-RetinolTM allows immediate and easy absorption as well as targeted delivery within the deeper epidermal layers, rapidly re-stabi- lizing the skin’s normal function. Considered the skin organizer, retinol works to energize the basal cells and restore their normal activity.
The Pevonia Spa Clinical Pro Micro-Retinol line is available now, and we are SO excited about it. This new, Spa Clinica PRO Retail Product line includes the following and should be applied in this order:
- Micro-Retinol Essential Foaming Cleanser
- Micro-Retinol Essential Toner
- Micro-Retinol Essential Serum
- Micro-Retinol Essential Moisturizer
While these products are serious skincare, they also are pleasant to use. Each product has a specific, herbal or floral scent. In fact, when I personally was testing the moisturizer in this line, my husband came into the room, sniffed and said “wow, something really smells good in here, what is it?” He couldn’t believe it was a moisturizer, until I handed him the jar for a validating sniff. And the products are luxurious to use. The white packaging is unisex, but elegant. The cleanser is nicely presented in a pump bottle, the toner doesn’t burn or sting, and the serums and lotions get absorbed very quickly without any residue. I really was impressed with this line!
The ideal candidates for this treatment are all individuals with complexion irregularities, mature skin, dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and dry and dehydrated skin. While skincare with retinol can be irritating to those with sensitive skin (and I am one of those people), I didn’t find these products to be irritating at all. But sensitivity is highly subjective. If you are prone to sensitivity you should check with your doctor or try a sample, before you commit to the treatment regimen for a longer period of time. These are also not recommended for people with skin conditions such as rosacea or active acne. Also be sure to wear sun block at all times and avoid the sun as much as possible, because retinol makes skin even more susceptible to the sun’s damaging rays. In fact, SPF is suggested day and night. I wish there was an SPF product included in the line, but maybe that’s being developed.
|Micro-Retinol™ Essential Foaming Cleanser ($36.00)|
• Hyaluronic Acid • Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Safflower OilPROPERTIES & BENEFITS• Hydrosoluble, silky gel
• Lathers and cleanses deeply
• Renders skin clean and bright
• Pleasurable and delightfully refreshing*this cleanser lathers, but it’s not super foamy!
|Micro-Retinol™ Essential Toner (approx. $29.00)|
• Hyaluronic Acid
• Green Tea
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin EPROPERTIES & BENEFITS
• Rich in actives
• Revitalizes and hydrates
• Brightens and prepares skin for further treatment
• Pleasurable and delightfully refreshing*use morning and evening after cleansing.!
|Micro-Retinol™ Essential Serum ($86.00)|
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Hyaluronic Acid*use in the evening after cleansing!
|Micro-Retinol™ Essential Moisturizer ($89.00)|
• Collagen (Marine) • Elastin (Marine)
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Hyaluronic AcidPROPERTIES & BENEFITS• Tri-phase, homogenized
• Luscious, luxurious cream
• Deeply hydrating
• Dramatically smoothing
• Immediately brightening
• Visibly perfecting
• Dynamically anti-aging*use day & night after cleansing, toning, and serum