Fighting Skin Aging and Sun Damage with Retinol

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Retinol, we’ve all heard of it but what exactly is it and what does it do? Read on and learn about the anti-ageing wonder ingredient that works to combat nearly all signs of sun damage and skin ageing.

What Is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is one of the best ingredients to treat signs of aging and sun-damaged skin. Vitamin A is an antioxidant vitamin and may be in the form of retinol, retinyl palmitate, tretinoin, retinoic acid, retinal, retinaldehyde and beta-carotene.

About Retinol

Retinol is the most active and skin-friendly form of Vitamin A and is a derivative of Vitamin A obtained through enzymatic conversion from natural Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate) and retinol. It is one of the best ingredients for rejuvenated skin as it addresses each of the causes, processes and symptoms of aging and sun-damage. Overall, it promotes a smoother, more even skin tone and texture, and is considered the gold standard in anti-aging.

How Retinol Works

Retinol dramatically enhances skin cellular performance and repairs cellular signs of aging. With age, cell reproduction becomes sluggish, resulting in slow, uneven cell renewal and cell turnover. Retinol promotes rapid cell renewal and turnover by helping break down dead skin, and pushing dead cells out faster. This paves the way for newer, plumper skin cells and signals the deeper layers to produce more collagen and elastin to support the “new” skin. In essence, retinol has a resurfacing effect, as it smoothes, firms and evens skin tone.

Retinol can also be considered a skin organizer. Dead skin cells in aging or sun-damaged skin become disorganized, much like piles of bricks after a building demolition. Retinol reorganizes skin cells, as if reconstructing the bricks back into a well-constructed brick wall. Retinol does this by normalizing enzymatic activity, which is needed for healthy cell division (mitosis).

Retinol addresses the collagen loss, dehydration and uneven pigment production that occur with aging and sun overexposure. Collagen loss causes wrinkles and sagging. When retinol comes in, it strengthens and stimulates collagen production, smoothes lines, plumps the skin and repairs sun damage. Dryness and dehydration that occur give skin a tight, flakey look and feel. Retinol restores moisture balance by maintaining hydration and reducing evaporation of water. This improves elasticity and flexibility, plus increases strong and healthy lipids in the membranes.

Additional Benefits of Vitamin A

Aging and sun damage also cause irregular and uneven production of pigment (melanin). Retinol helps melanocytes (responsible for producing pigment) dispose of trapped melanin.

With age skin becomes thinner. Retinol improves the skin density and bolsters the skin barrier by rebuilding the upper layers of the skin (epidermis) with stronger, thicker, healthier cells.

As an antioxidant, retinol neutralizes free radicals that damage the skin and cause aging.

Studies show that Vitamin A can reduce pH levels to help normalize the skin disrupted by factors that cause inflammation and aging; one more way retinol fights aging.

Retinol works optimally within the epidermis, and indirectly benefits the dermis as well to reveal new, smoother, brighter skin.

Vitamin A and Pevonia

Pevonia® uses state-of-the art manufacturing technologies to stabilize retinol, as well as ensure maximum results without the irritation associated with prescription retinoids or retinoic acids. Retinol is in Pevonia’s Timeless Repair Cream, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Intensive Cream, lumablanc® Cream and De-Aging Body Balm – Papaya Pineapple.

To counteract the light and air sensitivity of retinol, Pevonia developed their Micro-Retinol® that is a much smaller, more stable form of retinol that is skin-friendly, yet effective. For this form of Vitamin A try Pevonia’s Micro-Retinol® line (Micro-Retinol® Essential Foaming Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Toner, Micro-Retinol® Essential Serum and Micro-Retinol® Essential Moisturizer).

Retinyl Palmitate is a pre-formed, ester version of Vitamin A that has antioxidant and emollient properties that can be found in the Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream, Vitaminic Concentrate, Évolutive Eye Cream, Timeless Repair Cream and Timeless Eye Contour.

Beta-carotene, the most important precursor of Vitamin A formation, is another skin- friendly source of Vitamin A. This natural carotenoid consists of two retinyl groups, which support healthy cellular functions, growth and metabolism. It also acts as an emollient, which makes it key for dry, aging skin. Beta-carotene is in the following Pevonia products: Dry Skin Lotion, Combination Skin Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Foaming Cleanser, Micro-Retinol® Essential Moisturizer, De-Aging Saltmousse – Papaya-Pineapple and De-Aging Body Balm – Papaya-Pineapple.

Schedule one of these professional Pevonia treatments to experience more of the benefits of Vitamin A: Micro-Retinol® Essential Treatment, Rejuvenating Dry Skin Mask, Stem Cells Phyto-Elite® Intensive Mask, or lumafirm® Body Treatment.

Retinol is not to be confused with retinoic acids, retinoids such as Retin-A®, Avita® and Renova®. These dermatologist-prescribed retinoids can cause burning, redness, itching, skin thinning, flaking, even cracking, due to having a different chemical structure than retinol.

‘Tis the season to holiday….lightly, with travel friendly products.

Summer has set it, holidays are coming, which means it’s time for that much needed break!

Heading off on a long weekend away? Or an overseas trip? If the answer is yes, and you are anything like me, this means you simply MUST pack everything and the kitchen sink, yet there is not enough room in your suitcase to accommodate it all! Oh and compromising your beauty regime isn’t an option.

So why not make life simple and opt for travel friendly products? Cue travel packs filled with all your beauty essentials but in small, light, convenient packaging! Here’s what we recommend. And the great part is, we’ve got a pack to suit pretty much every skin type and condition!

CHRISTMAS GIFT SETS AND STARTER PACKS

Pevonia Christmas Gift Guide: Giving the gift of great skin!

‘Tis the season of giving – so why not give the gift of great skin…to yourself…Or of course that family member who loves a bit of pampering! After all there is nothing quite like unboxing a luxury gift set of beauty treats on Christmas Day!

And with Christmas just around the corner, we have you covered from head to toe (literally) with these great skincare gift sets for every skin type;

Age Correction Deluxe Gift Set

Fast track to radiant skin with these anti-aging essentials. Together, they will have your skin looking rejuvenated, healthy and super hydrated this holiday season.

Includes; Hydrating Cleanser, Hydrating Lotion, Marine Collagen Cream & Intensifier Collagen & Myoxy Caviar

Stem Cells Gift Set

In need of some serious skin repair? The Stem Cells line delivers cumulative anti-ageing results at a rapid rate. Protect, energise, hydrate and smooth lines and wrinkles. What more could you ask!

Includes; Phyto Elite Multi Active Foaming Cleanser, Intensive Serum, Intensive Cream & Intensive Body Corrector

Safe Sun Gift Set

Summer or winter, we need to protect our skin! Hydrate, protect and deeply nourish skin with these must-have sun care essentials.

Includes; Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30, After-Sun Soothing Gel & Phyto-Aromatic Mist

Micro Retinol Gift Set

Peel and Reveal a new you with zero downtime with this Micro Retinol Gift Set.

Includes; Essential Serum, Essential Moisturiser, Foaming Cleanser & Essential Toner.

Caviar Gift Set

The ultimate gift for someone who values the finer things in life. Reverse multiple signs of skin ageing with this premium advanced range.

Includes; Timeless Repair Serum, Timeless Repair Cream, Timeless Balm Cleanser & Timeless Repair Lotion

Lumafirm Gift Set

Infuse skin with the best anti-free radicals, the latest generation of repairing peptides, and outstanding brightening actives to reveal instantly firmer, brighter, radiant skin & eyes.

Includes; Lumafirm Eye Contour Lift & Glow, Lumafirm Repair Cream Lift & Glow & Lumafirm Body Moisturiser Firm & Glow

Eye Care Gift Pack

Erase years off your face by treating your eye area with this all natural, organic skincare. This kit comes with an Ionic Eye Wand that can dramatically erase wrinkles with continued use.

Includes; “C” Evolutive Eye Gel, Evolutive Eye Cream & Ionic Eye Wand

POWER REPAIR PACK

Power Repair Gift Pack

Deeply hydrate, rejuvenate and plump the skin with this youth-prolonging skincare pack.

Includes; Hydrating Cleanser, Hydrating Lotion, Marine Collagen Cream

Pevonia RS2 GIFT PACK

Ultra-Sensitive Skin Gift Pack

Give the gift of comfort! If you know anyone with Rosacea, this is the perfect gift. They’ll love you for this.

Includes; RS2 Cleanser, RS2 Lotion, RS2 Care Cream

Dry Skin, Sensitive Skin & Combination Skin Gift Sets

Want to try one of our organic essentials ranges? We have one for every skin type!

Includes; Cleanser, Lotion & Cream

5 steps to perfecting sandal-ready feet!

sandal-ready feet

sandal-ready feet

Ready to slip into sandals and flaunt your feet? Or are they looking more drab than fab? If the latter it’s time to rejuvenate your feet back to their former summer glory with these 5 simple steps.

  1. Foot soak

There is nothing quite as relaxing as soaking your feet in a warm bath. In fact soaking your feet offers a multitude of benefits from softening the skin in preparation for step no. 2, to easing tired muscles and improving circulation!sandal-ready feet - soak

  1. Scrub away

Exfoliation is a key part to getting your feet sandal ready! Scaly, dry feet are not pretty so it’s important to remove any dead skin from your heels and the pads of your feet. You can do this by using an exfoliating cream, pumice or foot scrub.

sandal-ready feet - scrub

  1. Moisturise

We all understand the importance of moisturising our face (and body!) so why should our feet be any different? Over the winter months feet often get neglected resulting in dry cracked heels and hard, thickened skin. It’s time to treat your feet to an intensive moisturising cream!

Try Pevonia Multi-Active Foot Cream. This wonder-cream combines ingredients like tea tree oil, orange oil, shea butter, salicylic acid and glycolic acid, making it antibacterial and deeply moisturising. Hardened, rough areas will be instantly softened, rendering feet restored and smooth!

sandal-ready feet - moisturize

  1. Nail care

Caring for your toe nails is just as important as grooming your feet! Make sure you regularly file and clip nails ready for the perfect polish!

  1. Polish for perfection

Have fun experimenting with the perfect polish for your tootsies! And use a toe separator for ease (it’ll make application so much easier!) A fresh coat of polish will complete the perfect pedicure for feet and have them sandal ready in next to no time!

sandal-ready feet - polish

Bonus step: Soothe sore feet

There is no doubt that we demand more of our feet during the spring and summer months! So at the end of a long day, pamper tired, aching feet with Pevonia’s Tension Relief Gel.  It’s anti-inflammatory, cooling and uplifting for sore feet.

Feeling time poor?  Why not go all out and give your feet the heavenly attention of a professional pedi-spa. The Pevonia Foot spa treatment is really more like a foot facial! Lounge back and be pampered, nourished and polished to pedi-perfection. Search for your nearest Pevonia spa here.

October special for sandal-ready feet!

Sandal-ready - Luxurious pampering for hands and feet

Get baby soft feet with Pevonia’s natural peeling foot products then treat your hands
to a de-ageing pamper! Get a FREE White gift bag!

Experience the Ultimate Spa Pedicure at a Pevonia Spa near you!