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Is it safe to use makeup or skincare products that has both SPF and retinol? 


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Retinol is a weaker, over the counter version of tretinoin, a prescription vitamin A derivative that is highly effective in reversing sun damage and signs of aging. It is a Vitamin A derivative as many people are unable to tolerate Tretinoin because how it can be drying and irritable. Retinol is a milder form that most people can tolerate. It decreases fine lines, evens skin color, improves texture, tightens pores, and stimulates blood flow and collagen production. Retinol encourages skin cell turnover; this new skin is delicate and should not be exposed to the sun. That is why these ingredients should only be found in products intended for night use.

Retinol is now used in foundations, lipsticks, sunscreens and cleansers, especially those that are touted as “anti-aging.” But in daytime products, retinol will have the opposite effect and actually make skin age faster because it is more susceptible to the sun, no matter the amount of UV protection promised on the foundation or sunscreen. This two-in-one approach of anti-aging sunscreens and foundations is just not a good idea. A good rule of thumb is never buy a product with an SPF number and retinol in its list of ingredients – the two don’t make a good combination.

Elizabeth Arden products, however, contain Retinyl Linoleate. So, how is that different? Elizabeth Arden’s Retinyl Linoleate is an exclusive retinol derivative that gently and effectively retexturises skin and improves skin tone and skin clarity. Pores are visibly diminished and skin’s colour is improved. This is a retinol derivative instead of a pure retinol, and therefore is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Retinyl Linoleate, an exclusive skin identical retinol, helps even skin tone, soften the appearance of fine lines, minimize pores and give skin an overall radiant look.

So if would like to receive the benefits that retinol could deliver while achieving sun protection, I would recommend Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Lift & Firm Day Lotion that provides SPF30.

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It contains exclusive Retinyl Complex that is made up of vitamin A derivatives that are naturally present in the skin. This complex helps speed up the rate at which skin cells turnover, which means they thin the layer of dead skin cells and help keep healthy, younger-looking cells on the surface. They work by helping to repair sun damage and promote collagen production while preventing the breakdown of existing collagen. This thickens the layer of dermal skin and helps minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. While these milder esters of vitamin A can eventually deliver results to match that of the more aggressive versions of vitamin A, while it is kinder to the skin.

The expert is Angeline Lim-de-Silva, Elizabeth Arden’s Regional Training Manager.