Many people are combining retinol with sunbeds, without realising the damage that they are causing to their skin. Retinol products should never be used if you're planning to visit a tanning bed. Carry on reading to find out more about retinol and sunbed's effects on the skin, as well as why the combination of retinol and sunbeds should be avoided at all costs!
What is Retinol?
As a potent type of retinoid (vitamin A), retinol stimulates collagen and elastin production. It's an antioxidant ingredient that also encourages a clearer complexion. However, unfortunately, some people mix retinol and sunbeds together which can destroy the skin!
Retinol can’t be applied directly. Instead retinol converts to retinoic acid when applied to the skin which has a bunch of anti-aging benefits:
- It balances uneven skin tone – Your skin discolours over time for several reasons, including too much sun exposure. Retinol sheds dead skin cells and promotes skin cell turnover.
- Helps with acne breakouts – Inflamed skin caused by environmental stressors, smoking and the natural aging process heightens acne breakouts. Retinol not only soothes inflammation by clearing dead skin cells, but keeps pores unclogged and reduces excess oil.
- Removes fine lines and wrinkles – Skin cells that lose collagen will cause fine lines and wrinkles, which are one of the most prominent signs of aging. Retinol stimulates collagen to keep your skin looking fresh and plump.