What is Retinol?

Retinol helps keep pores clear by reducing the build up of skin cells. Plus, it can block inflammation pathways in the skin.  Retinol also helps speed up the cell turnover process and promotes brighter, smoother skin. It also goes deeper into the skin to encourage collagen production and further plump the skin. It is a type of vitamin A that naturally occurs in the skin, regarded the powerhouse of skincare ingredients. Retinol and Retin-A are very different but are both classed at retinoids; retinol is an over the counter vitamin A, Retin-A is a prescription only retinoid used to treat more severe acne, arguably 2 of the most popular Retin-A products are Tretinoin and Adapalene. Over the counter products range from 0.1% to 1% although not all products disclose their concentration sometimes making it difficult to tell the potency

What are the key benefits of Retinol?

  • Encourages cell turnover
  • Smooths skin texture by sloughing off dead skin cells and promoting the production of new ones
  • Reduces dark spots and pigmentation
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Calms spot prone skin due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties
  • Increases the natural production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin

How does Retinol work?


When retinol is absorbed into the skin, enzymes work to convert it to retinoic acid, which overtime stimulates the production of new skin cells, fading away skin imperfections such as sun damage, hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Once absorbed and converted to retinoic acid, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid levels increase; these perform as antioxidants, neutralising free radicals and prevent ageing inflammation.

Which of our FTT Skin Clinics products contain Retinol?

Liposomal Retinol Serum

FTT R+ – 1% Liposomal Retinol Serum

A powerful and highly effective serum containing one per cent liposomal retinol, a stabilised vitamin A derivative which has been clinically proven to increase cell turnover. R+ will reduce pore size, resulting in firmer younger looking skin as well as reduce, visible signs of ageing including pigmentation and uneven skin tone.