TIP 82 - MORE ON RETINOL As I pointed out in my previous post, retinoids that are one of the two sub-components of Vit A are extremely good for your skin (as well as your body/health in general!!). Retinol in particular is claimed to be a 'miracle product'. As it was also pointed out yesterday, retinol is 'animal based'. What does this mean?
The places where you can get the highest concentrations of retinol are liver (esp beef and lamb, cod liver oil, liver pate etc), fish (esp cold / deep sea fish such as mackerel, salmon and tuna) as well as various cheeses such as camembert, feta and limburger) as well as hard boiled eggs.
However, many of my clients are vegan, which in the case of Vit A can make things a little trickier. This is because whilst the other building blocks of Vit A, carotenoids are able to be processed into retinol in the body (in the liver funnily enough) it is at a much lower rate than you need.
Hence - two options...
Synthetics retinol or
SYNTHETIC RETINOL... scientists have known about this problem for non-animal based Vit A and have developed mimicking retinol products. These are sometimes referred to as 'retinol analogues.' Whilst, nature is very hard to replicate, there have some that have claimed that some retinol functions are actually aided by synthetics and can have less side effects as they aren't as strong as animal based retinol.
The most common ones are: • Adapalene
RETINOL REPLACEMENTS - these will be covered in tomorrow's post ... So you will just have to wait....!!