What’s the difference between a retinol cream and a retinol serum? Do they have the same benefits? How do I know which is better or more effective for my skin?
Retinol is one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients available over the counter. It also carries natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which serve to ‘reverse’ damage in aging skin.
But purchasing the right product can be confusing because it is available in a variety of strengths as well as different consistencies. Choosing between a retinol cream and a retinol serum depends on your skin type—you also need to consider the other products in your skincare regime.
Retinol Cream for Dry Skin, Retinol Serum for Oily
Most creams will contain some moisturizing ingredients like petrolatum or mineral oil. These can be occlusive and may clog pores, but if your skin is dry or sensitive, a retinol cream might be a perfect choice. In contrast New York dermatologist Hooman Khorasani, MD, says most serums with retinol are water-based and tend to contain higher concentrations of the ingredient. “In addition, serums, which are great for oily or acne-prone skin, leave no residue either.”
The Workhorse: Increasing Cell Production
“Retinol, regardless of the formulation, is the workhorse of any anti-aging regimen. By increasing cell turnover, it prevents collagen loss, treats fine lines, and evens skin tone. In addition, it is a potent antioxidant that helps to destroy free radicals, which develop in the skin as a result of sun, smoke, and pollution.”
Advice For Using Retinol Products
Using a high SPF sunscreen while using retinol products, and avoid longtime sun exposure. If you are having other treatments such as laser hair removal or skin peels, you should tell your therapist that you are using Retinol. And retinol cream certainly should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding because it can cause birth defects.
Retinol Products on Neutriherbs®
Neutriherbs® Retinol Youth Renewal Cream For problematic or photodamaged skin, this Retinol cream promotes healthy cell regeneration and boosts collagen production to reduce the appearance of aging. Solution for:
Fine lines & wrinkles
Loss of firmness
Neutriherbs® Anti-aging Anti Acne Retinol Serum It combined retinol with Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, etc, this oil-free anti-aging serum delivers a synergistic and unique blend of active ingredients to give your skin a healthier, younger, more radiant look. Solution for:
Speed up skin cell turnover
Anti Acne and Prevent Future breakouts