Retinol and Anti-Aging
In case you didn't already know, retinol is one of the beauty industry's most beloved anti-aging skincare ingredients. Its proven super-powers range from improving skin elasticity and firmness, to resurfacing away wrinkles and impurities left behind from the sun, breakouts, and age.
In its earliest formulations, retinol came with the risk of residual redness, flaking, dryness, and irritation. Thankfully, a number of sensitive skin-friendly products have emerged at every price-point. Additionally, a number of retinol alternatives have been explored for those who can't endure the probationary period that the potent ingredient sometimes requires as your skin adjusts.
The other caveat when it comes to using a retinol or retinoid product in your regimen is that your freshly resurfaced skin is more vulnerable to UV rays. Unless it happens to be Retinol 8 — Verso Skincare's patented, daytime-safe variation — skin experts recommend pairing your retinol with a solid SPF. Since sun exposure is the leading cause of skin damage, I'd suggest pairing a vitamin C serum with your SPF to provide even more comprehensive protection.
But here's the thing: retinols and retinoids have been around long enough that the newest serums are getting fancy. The top skincare experts in the industry have been hard at work mixing their favorite extracts and ingredients to create potent new launches that are powerful, multi-functional, and amazing.
As you can see, Retinol just got a luxurious makeover thanks to a celebrity facialist and skin expert, Joanna Vargas. Her new serum — Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum ($277) — is basically heaven-sent.
Super Nova Serum by Joanna Vargas
Joanna Vargas is counted among Hollywood's most trusted skin-gurus with good reason. I recently interviewed her for Brit + Co. on the topic of winter-to-spring skincare tips, and was floored by her intelligence and grace. With her own luxury skincare line and two stunning spas in both NYC and LA, she's basically a goddess when it comes to having flawless skin.
Her expert wisdom on the power of Retinol comes with a warning, "I think retinols are important, but the skin needs a lot of nourishment and to be calm in order to balance out the dryness and sensitivity that can occur."
Accordingly, she took her time creating Super Nova Serum, the perfect blend of ingredients to create a retinol serum that truly stands-out. As you'd expect, it is mega-powerful, soothing, and supremely luxurious.
I met Joanna Vargas after receiving the Super Nova Facial ($325-375) at her spa's West Hollywood location. Yes, the very facial prepping received by Hollywood's most celebrated stars for the Oscar's this Sunday. And yes, the facial features the rockstar serum she created.
What sets the luxury skincare must-have apart from the rest is that she took her time perfecting this serum, ensuring that it surpasses the standards set by an already saturated market before launch. The serum, which is gentle enough to use around the eye area and requires no probationary period, stimulates collagen as it heals, nourishes, and hydrates. The end result is an ethereal glow — minus fine lines, wrinkles, and imperfections.
The coolest part? It helps reverse skin glycation, which is the aging process that results from the consumption of sugar and alcohol... Need I say more? It's love!
Note: I'll add in a shoppable link once it's ready! In the meantime, Beautylish has The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% ($9.60) in stock. (It's still sold out at Sephora)