If you have been on the search for an anti-wrinkle cream, you've undoubtedly come across skin care products that contain retinol. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is an antioxidant, fat-soluble vitamin important for vision and bone growth. When used effectively in skin care products, retinoid forms of vitamin A derivatives increase the rate of cell turnover and promote collagen production.
Why, then, are many retinol creams virtually useless? The main reason is that they do not deliver enough retinol into the skin cell to produce significant change. A seemingly natural solution is to increase the percentage of retinol; however, this is ineffective because a product with a high concentration of retinol may be irritating. Additionally, retinol is relatively unstable, so most creams lose potency during storage and use.
As a breakthrough solution to the retinol challenge, CosMedix utilizes an exclusive encapsulation process. This process pairs retinol with arabinogalactan-protein conjugates. Together, these two powerhouse ingredients serve to encourage the growth of new skin cells and tighten and protect the skin without the irritation of retinol by itself. The result? A radiant complexion with diminished fine lines and improved skin texture, color, firmness and smoothness.
The unique component in encapsulated retinol that warrants additional discussion is arabinogalactan-protein. Arabinogalactan-protein is an essential part of what makes wine healthy. It is comprised of relatively high amounts of proteins and the basic amino acids lysine and arginine that are important to skin health. When complexed with retinol, the ingredient's core purpose is to balance the retinol irritation factor.
When retinol is applied to the skin, it can settle on the surface to cause irritation. By introducing arabinogalactan-protein conjugates to the retinol formulation, the acid content including uronic acid, glucuronic acid and galaturonic acid neutralize the retinol, making this complex far gentler to the skin. Because of its visible anti-aging properties and non-irritating delivery mechanism, the fast-acting, permeable functions of encapsulated retinol serve as one of the best fibroblast stimulants available.