You’ve been reading about retinoids, how they’re an amazing anti-aging powerhouse, but every time you try to join the party your sensitive skin has a meltdown. Crispy, dry, red, irritated… this can’t be worth it, you think. Not so fast! There’s a new superhero retinol alternative for you and it goes by the name retinaldehyde.
You read that right: not retinol but retinaldehyde who also goes by the name retinal. Both are a type of over-the-counter retinoid, however, what’s special about retinal is it’s supremely gentle compared to its predecessors.
What makes retinaldehyde much more gentle than retinol is due to the fact it takes fewer conversions to become retinoic acid. Retinaldehyde has one less conversion step than retinol, ensuring a more gentle, enjoyable experience. This also means we receive even more benefits without compromising results or our skin. For those of us with sensitive skin, this is really, really exciting!
My philosophy on retinoid usage might vary from what you’ve heard before. I agree, as most in this industry do, that retinoids are key to a well-rounded skincare regimen. What I don’t agree with is the need for retinoid products that are too strong for your skin type. In my opinion, Retin-A and similar prescription formulas should be utilized to jumpstart results only if your skin can handle it multiple times a week. Longterm use of such a strong retinoid causes unnecessary stress on our skin. Even so, many over-the-counter formulations are still too strong, compromising our skin’s barrier.
The honest truth is this: the majority of us don’t need aggressive retinoid treatments for semi-daily use. It causes too many issues with long-term consequences. We’ve been conditioned to believe stronger is better.
Instead, finding a gentle formula your skin can tolerate frequently in your regimen makes the most sense. Doing so allows you to receive benefits of Vitamin A without compromising the integrity of your skin.
Think about it for a moment. You have a strong retinoid you can only use a couple of times a week, sporadically at best. Your skin becomes incredibly dry, dehydrated, and flaky. Without fail the angry hot, red skin returns with vengeance. Sure, you’re getting some benefits, but what if you could use it almost every day. Even crazier, what if you could use it 10x more frequently than everything else you’ve tried?
Sensitive skin, say hello to your results-driven retinol alternative: Preservation Serum. Loaded with good stuff like retinaldehyde and skin soothing anti-inflammatories to achieve your skin goals, finally!
Personally, my sensitive skin can barely get away with using retinol. When I’m in a dry climate or surviving winter, I can’t use it at all. After spending years in the spa treatment room, I knew I wasn’t alone. While my clients could use their retinoids more frequency than me, a select handful could use their retinol every other day without any negative effects.
My clients and I all wanted to reap the benefits of Vitamin A with minimal side effects. I never came across a product I was satisfied with, neither did my product junkie friends. To be honest, we felt left out of the market, completely forgotten about.
Created with everyone in mind, Preservation Serum is for the majority. Not only is it for delicate skin and beginners, but for everyone wanting to reap the benefits of retinol without worrying how your skin will fair the next morning.
When using this retinaldehyde serum, sensitive skin types still need to practice building tolerance. However, the rules are quite different from traditional retinoids. The majority of us with sensitive skin will be able to start out using Preservation Serum 2-3 nights a week, quickly moving up to every other day. Depending on your unique skin, lifestyle, and skincare routine, you may even be able to use Preservation Serum every day. And those dry, flaky patches? Chances are, you’ll never see ’em.
Preservation Serum ($79.99) is available at sarahnicoleskincare.com.