AUG 2019

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Skincare pros give us the lowdown on the best ways to use vitamin A. by Alexa Joy Sherman 32 @dayspamagazine • August 2019 SPOTLIGHT What skin conditions are best addressed with retinol? Bianca de Jong, owner, Forest Spa Boutique in Palo Alto, California: Over-the-counter retinol is a very popular antiaging ingredient used to minimize fi ne lines and hyperpigmentation. It stimulates the basal cells to divide and move up to the surface of the skin, yielding a smoother complexion. It can also drastically improve rosacea fl are-ups, thanks to its anti-infl ammatory benefi ts. Marianna Stern, esthetician, Skin Spa New York in New York City: Retinol has been found to be most benefi cial for people with acne, aging and hyperpigmentation concerns. It's a derivative of vitamin A, which isn't naturally produced by the body but is responsible for healthy bones and muscles; it also aids in the production of collagen. Topical retinol works by boosting the skin's renewal process, removing dead cells on the surface for a brighter, tighter, more even complexion. Gina Marí, esthetician, Gina Marí Skincare in Beverly Hills, California: When properly used, products containing retinol can improve virtually all skin types. It's a powerhouse ingredient that speeds up cell turnover, which helps minimize fi ne lines and wrinkles, as well as scarring. It's great for those who want to combat acne and signs of aging. What are your favorite retinol-based solutions? Marí: I love to combine different technologies with specifi c products to achieve a clean and glowing complexion. I prefer diamond tipped microdermabrasion and get beautiful results combining it with the professional Murad Retinol Infusion treatment (90 min./$150), although the Retinol Infusion also works well as a stand-alone offering. If a client has dehydrated skin, I'll swap in a vitamin-infused 'wet' dermabrasion. I conclude all of my facials with vitamins A, C and E, topped off with a little jojoba oil, as well as oxygen—which imparts an immediate glow—and LED light therapy. Clients see results right away and constantly comment on how much smoother and clearer their skin looks. Stern: I'm a huge fan of PCA Skin's retinol line, which includes a 0.5 percent pure retinol treatment that's ideal for just about every skin type. My personal favorite is the Intensive Brightening Treatment, which should be used twice a week in the evening, gradually increasing frequency to every other night. I love this product because it promotes even skin, making the complexion clear, visibly brighter and more youthful looking. My clients often tell me after using it that they constantly receive compliments and have even stopped wearing makeup! De Jong: One of our favorite products is Pevonia Lumablanc. It's a sublime formulation that combines retinol with a mild AHA to treat hyperpigmentation, and it can be used to address larger areas such as Retinol © GETTY IMAGES G.M. Collin Retinol Advanced + Night Cream DermAware VITal Retinol Gel FarmHouse Fresh Three Milk Ageless Night Cream Murad Retinol Dual-Phase Power Peel PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment

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