Why FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5 is My Favorite New Product (Besides the Fact I Designed It)

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FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5

As many mothers do, mine was fond of telling me what was appropriate — and what was not — growing up. “There is a time and a place for that, but this isn’t it,” she would say as I would try to carry a baby doll to church, cha-cha around a formal dinner, or play hide-and-seek in clothing racks at a department store.

Retinol is the gold standard of anti-aging amongst dermatologists, but many believe it is also a product that has a time and a place. Due to the fact that retinol increases cellular turnover, many believe that retinol should only be used at night, and during the winter months. To some extent, this is true — anything that increases exfoliation or cellular turnover within the skin may also increase sun susceptibility. However, our new FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5 ($65.00, FutureDerm.com/Shop) is the first retinol exclusively designed for nighttime use in the summer months!

How FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5 Works

FutureDerm Vitamin E Naturally Produced in Deep Layers of Skin

I formulated our FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5 with an exclusive form of vitamin E that makes it perfect for summer use.

Vitamin E is naturally produced in the sebum of the skin. In fact,  vitamin E has been identified as the “predominant lipid-soluble antioxidant” in murine (mouse) and human skin. When produced, vitamin E comes from deep within the pores (Packer and Valacchi). Under normal conditions, vitamin E shows a characteristic gradient in the skin, with lower levels being found towards the outer stratum corneum layers.

As your skin is subjected to increasing amounts of UV exposure, natural vitamin E levels at the surface of the skin are depleted (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2001). As you might imagine, this means the vitamin E levels found in the uppermost layer of the skin are substantially lower in the summer months than the winter months.

Yet, you can combat this by adding extra vitamin E into your skin care routine. According to the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, topically-applied vitamin E is one of the few antioxidant substances that can protect against skin’s exposure to UV and environmental exposures to ozone.

Why Retinol and Vitamin E?

Retinol and Vitamin E

According to a 2001 study, both retinol and vitamin E both benefit the skin, but in distinct, complimentary ways (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology). According to the study, in the mouse skin model, “topical [retinol] has been shown to prevent the UV-induced epidermal hypovitaminosis A [low levels of vitamin A in the skin],” and “topical vitamin E prevents oxidative stress and cutaneous and systemic immunosuppression elicited by UV.”

Vitamins A and E also together “absorb ultraviolet (UV) light in the region of solar spectrum that is responsible for most of the deleterious biological effects of the sun.”

Lastly, vitamin E is able to work within the skin at a wider spectrum of pH levels than vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and other acidic ingredients. The slightly more basic pH required for retinol activation within the skin is therefore compatible with vitamin E in a formulation.

It’s Yellow! Does It Dry Clear?

FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5

Of course! FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5 will dry completely clear on your skin. We recommend applying it at night — you will wake up with a sunny (non-yellow) glow in the morning!

Bottom Line

FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5 benefits

If you’re looking for a superior retinol treatment that is compatible with your skin for the summer months, try FutureDerm Limited Edition Summer Retinol 0.5, with an extra special form of vitamin E that will help to boost your skin’s natural UV protection.

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