Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: Do I Really Need Retinol? Plus More...

Nov 30, 2023
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: Do I Really Need Retinol? Plus More...


Hello and welcome to the first Friday Mailbag of December! Over the last month, I haven’t had the chance to respond to many of my customer’s questions since we’ve been so busy here with launching our new Retinol products, but now that the launch is over, we can finally get back into the swing of things! My first question of the day comes from Maryanne in New Orleans, LA.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. I saw your two new Retinol products and was wondering why Retinol is so popular. Do I need it?

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A: Hi Maryanne! You’re not the first to ask this question, and you’re also not the first to wonder if having Retinol in your skincare lineup is worth it. Well, let me tell you, it's worth considering for a few very important reasons…

First off, if you're all about tackling those fine lines and wrinkles, Retinol is an incredible option to help you smooth out your creases and crevices.

It helps speed up what’s called Cellular renewal, which is a fancy term for the process of creating new skin cells.

You see, the faster your skin produces new skin cells, the younger you look, and as we age, our body tends to slow down and get a little sluggish.

That’s why retinol is such a game changer for aging skin - it helps speed everything up and move things along more quickly, helping to reduce the appearance of many signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles.

Not to mention, it gives collagen production a boost, which will help prevent more wrinkles from forming and will also give you a more lively, plump look!

On top of that, it helps to create a much smoother skin texture. It helps shed the old, tired skin cells, revealing the fresh, vibrant ones underneath.

If you’re dealing with Dark spots and an uneven skin tone, you should find that Retinol helps to clear those problems up too, resulting in an even and clear complexion, which will just boost your radiance!

If you decide to jump into using retinol, just make sure that you don't forget the sunscreen during the day – retinol can make your skin a bit sun-sensitive, and you wouldn’t want to undo all the great results by letting your skin get damaged by the sun’s rays!

I hope this helps you make up your mind, Maryanne!

My next question comes from Tara in Hattiesburg, MS

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. I’ve been dealing with terrible Wrinkles and fine lines recently. How can I get rid of them?

wrinkles around eyes

A: Hello Tara! This is probably the most common skincare question I get, but the truth is that there are so many different answers to it! Wrinkles and fine lines can be on the stubborn side, so I’m going to recommend some ingredients that pack a powerful punch…

My first recommendation is an ingredient that is so popular in the skincare world, so it should come as a surprise that it’s first on the list!

That ingredient is Retinol.

This superhero is known for its ability to stimulate collagen production and speed up cell renewal.

Collagen is like the scaffolding for your skin – it keeps it firm and bouncy. Using retinol helps to smooth out fine lines and can even tackle dark spots. It's like hitting the refresh button for your skin!

My next recommendation is Sodium Hyaluronate.

Don't be scared by the fancy name! This ingredient is a form of hyaluronic acid, and it's fantastic for keeping your skin moisturized.

Think of it as a moisture magnet – it attracts and holds onto water, giving your skin that plump and hydrated look. This helps to prevent those pesky fine lines from making an appearance.

Last but certainly not least, I’m going to recommend Peptides.

Peptides are like little messengers that tell your skin to produce more collagen. More collagen means firmer skin and fewer wrinkles, so of course you’d want to incorporate these into your routine!

Peptides are great at targeting specific concerns, so they're like personalized trainers for your skin, helping it stay strong and resilient.

Incorporating these ingredients into your routine can be a game-changer when it comes to helping reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

Of course, sunscreen is your best friend in this anti-aging journey. It shields your skin from the sun's harmful rays, the main culprit behind premature aging, so don’t forget to apply it every day!

And remember, skincare is like a marathon, not a sprint, so just stick to your routine as closely as you can and you’re bound to see results!