understanding the retinoid word salad
Love, love, love this post, and all the comments! When I was a PR strategist on the PR team representing Avène, I sometimes provided editors with info on the differences between the “cousins” in the retinoid family, because I felt it was always a topic worth revisiting. Laurel Geraghty’s excellent tutorial is certainly the ultimate refresher course!
And while I still feel Avène’s RetrinAL products are worth every penny, these days I opt for the more budget-friendly Olay Regenerist Retinol 24+ Peptides LG recommends. I use it 3 or 4 nights a week, alternating it with my CeraVe PM moisturizer. So far, so good.
LG mentions that retinoids are second only to sunscreen in “importance to skin rejuvenation.” I also have always understood that if you were using one of the “cousins,”’that it was especially important to be diligent about daily sunscreen use. Something about the fresh skin cells at the surface that result from
Improved cell turnover being more sensitive to UV rays. Assuming that advice still holds true?
Once again, thanks for a terrific post. Your high school chemistry teacher would be so proud of you!
I was a similarly terrible chemist, requiring of accommodations. I was so obnoxious with my constant questions and visits to my teacher's apartment (I attended prep school) that Mr. S finally asked me--in March, three months before year's end--never to come to class again, in exchange for a B. (I'd scored low C's on every quiz and test.) This might be the only time in my life I was pleased about being disliked.
Congratulations on your WELL DESERVED honor!!!! Bravo you.
just another chocolate seeking pilgrim here. as always - love this post. do you by any chance have an opinion on silk pillowcases? the marketing is enticing, as for all such products. every once in a while, i wake up w creases on my cheeks - which shake out as the morning goes on, but maybe one day they won't . oy. and Congratulations on your honor - if you are inclined, would love to hear how this venture of yours started!
Congratulations on your honor! I love the photo, lol. It makes me laugh -- you look so serious about not F'ing up my face! ox
This is why I love you! We had not discussed, but clearly we should!
So helpful (and fun to read) as always, Valerie! Thank you!
I've been using this product since listening to a 2-part podcast interview with Kristina Holey (no affiliation, but was absolutely influenced):
I use it in combination with some of their other products (especially love their oils) and, while pricey, it's probably the first time I've found "my skincare" and felt grateful for the influencing that led me there. I'm 47 and have sensitive skin; I've had zero issues using it daily.
Especially loved this post! It's an intensely interesting matter, in my experience and personal opinion.
Thank you for bringing such a resourceful piece of word, as always.
Sending love, and also, retinol/retinoid luck to you!
Leslie, please see a heart-warming emoji. xo