So I’m hitting a sensitive subject for many today. Growing old! I’m not going to get into the age thing, at the end of the day we are as old as we feel. Some wish to age gracefully and some wish to prolong that youthful look at all lengths. I hit 40 last year and I think I’ve been blessed with reasonable skin for that age but obviously all of us see close up changes that we are not entirely happy with. Pores enlarging, wrinkles forming and more hooded eyes.
Anyhow, somewhere I managed to stumble across a seemingly affordable answer without getting into surgery or needles….enter Retin A. Otherwise known as Tretinoin Cream. It’s usually prescribed by a dermatologist for Acne or in the U.S. they sell it to the ladies that want to drink from the fountain of youth. It is a form of retinoic acid. The beauty of this cream is not only is it good for acne but when used regularly over time it can reduce the appearance of fine lines, sun spot damage and overall better the smoothness of your skin.
Therefore, after a lot of research I decided this is something I wanted to commit to and purchased myself a tube of the 0.05%. They come in three strengths, 0.025%, 0.05% and 0.1%. It is recommended to start on the smallest strength but whatever you do, you have to be exceedingly careful with the application. Before applying, clean and wash your face, I use a gentle cleanser. Then very important leave your face to dry for at least 10 minutes, after this time get a PEA size amount and pat or gently rub into your cheeks and forehead. Then wash your hands.
It is really drying, so be prepared for your skin to take some adjusting. Start by applying just once a week and just use a regular moisturizer the other day. I started using mine at approx beginning of February, may of been earlier actually and just last week I’ve got to the point where I now apply it every other night.
It removes layers of the outer cells and increases the amount of collagen that is found in the layers of skin so it does create flaking skin. This at times can be VERY frustrating. In general people say, it only lasts up to 6 weeks but I still get the flaking occasionally. I do not put the cream on my chin or nose as it seems to get into your skin and spread around itself but if you directly put it there it will flake badly. This makes makeup impossible to put on at times. The other thing you must do is wear a sunscreen preferably 60+spf, mine is currently 30+spf so i definitely need to up this as we have started to get warmer weather this month. This is necessary due to the increased sensitivity to the sun you get with the cream. If you don’t wear it you will basically undo any of what you are trying to achieve.
Does it bring eternal youth? Well, I can honestly say if you look at some people on You Tube that have used it religiously over time they look fantastic. There was a 61 year old woman that I saw a video of today who has used it for 28 years!! She looked A-mazing. No wrinkles at all. We all know that no treatment unless you have surgery is permanent, and that has risks, likewise, if you stop using retin A your skin will over time revert to normal. But I definitely think you lose nothing by trying it.
I wanted to take pictures at the beginning of my journey but even now I shall look back in a year and see if its worth it. Do any of you lovely readers use this? Or perhaps you haven’t heard of it yet. I’d love to hear what you think.
Love Em xx