Night Cream with Retinol | The 5 Benefits and 5 Myths Of Retinol

night cream with retinol

There are some significant benefits to using products with retinol or retinoids.  Our night cream with retinol is an excellent choice if you’re looking for effective, organic ingredients to promote better looking skin.

Historically, retinoids were used in the 70’s to reduce acne, but since then, they are widely used for anti aging skin care. 

Many people believe they can’t use retinoids, because they’ve heard stories about retinol being a harsh ingredient or one that’s difficult to get used to.  Even if you have sensitive skin, you can use it and benefit greatly from it, and the truth is anyone can use it.  It’s a proven fact that you can build your tolerance it with time.

Per a Harvard study: Retinoids reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. They also stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin, which improves skin color. Additional benefits include fading age spots and softening rough patches of skin.

Let’s break down the main benefits of using retinoids:

  1. Reduction of sun spots and discoloration. Retinol has been proven to gradually eliminate sun spots and help prevent the development of future sun spots and discoloration.
  2. Reduction of wrinkles. We know from studies that retinoids reduce wrinkles, and help less the frequency of them by increasing collagen production.
  3. Future protection of photo aging. Pretreating the skin with retinoids can prevent ultraviolet (UV)-induced damage in the first place, per an Oregon State University study.
  4. Increased collagen production. Some people view retinol as an exfoliant, because it can sometimes leave the top layers of our skin with a peeling appearance, or flaking, but it’s not a peel.  It’s caused by the skin developing more collagen, hence the older top layers turn over and lift away faster than normal.
  5. Promotes wound healing (hence the benefit of using retinoids for acne). Retinol can help unclog pores and reduce the production of sebum.

There are also some myths about retinol that we should cast aside, so that we can properly view this powerhouse ingredient:

MYTH #1:  You should not use retinol during the day.  This is untrue based on two reasons.  One, you can use a sunscreen over your retinol application, which will obviously protect skin from UV damage, but retinol in itself does help skin by absorbing UV light and therefore increasing your skin’s protection.

MYTH #2:  You should only apply it to dry skin.  There is no medical study or proof that retinol is only effective when applied to dry skin.  Studies have shown that it is equally effective when applied to damp skin, and when it is applied as a layer with other products.  It can actually be a good idea to apply retinoid products with other products that contain vitamin c and/or alpha hydroxy acids.  These combinations and increase effectiveness.

MYTH #3:  If your skin is sensitive, you are stuck using mild percentages of retinol.  With time and regular use, you can gradually increase the strength or frequency of your retinol use.  Even people with sensitive skin, who express some patience when getting acclimated to retinoids, can eventually build up their tolerance and thus reap the rewards that retinoids offer.

MYTH #4:  You should not put retinoids around your eyes.  Just like anywhere else on your face or body, retinol around the eyes can be very beneficial.  Sure you may need to slowly and gradually acclimate your skin to it, but you will definitely see the benefits if you stick with it.

MYTH #5:  It can thin your skin.  There are a few myths about retinol products that may erroneously shy potential users away, including the idea that retinol products will thin out skin over time.  This is simply not true; retinol has a tendency to slightly thicken skin.  The ingredient does this by boosting your natural production of collagen, leading to fewer fine lines and wrinkles and plumper, bouncier skin.

There are 2 things you can do to prepare your skin for retinol use and/or help your skin attune to the use of retinoids:

1. Niacinamide: Combining retinol with niacinamide has been proven to help decrease retinol irritation.

2. Add a layer of moisture protection: Adding an extra layer of lotion or cream before applying your retinol product to help reduce sensitivity and help keep skin looking and feeling hydrated, since retinoids can make skin sometimes feel dry or irritated.


Our Natural Night Cream has a rich and hydrating velvety texture, and cleverly combines all of the ingredients you need to have an effective and nourishing retinol night cream.

Repair your skin with confidence and wake up looking rested and revitalized.  This complex and completely earth based formula will be your "go to" night cream.


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