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Updated: Oct 21, 2023

What is Retinol?

Vitamin A is recognized as one of the best active ingredients to fight all signs of aging, but also those caused by photo ageing due to UV exposure. It effectively neutralizes the molecule, which gives rise to the formation of free radicals, the main trigger for skin aging. Most importantly, it encourages cell turnover and facilitates the removal of dead cells, leaving space for the underlying, younger skin. This also helps to prevent the accumulation of melanin: the dark spots are kept under control whilst the existing ones are lightened.


ZO® Skin Health Retinol Skin Brightener is formulated with an exclusive ZO®Brightening Technology designed to rapidly improve the appearance of uneven skin tone for a brighter, clearer and smoother complexion. Micro-encapsulated retinol delivers these actives in a controlled manner to avoid skin irritation and sensitivity. Flaking, dryness and breakouts are very common when first starting your retinol journey. The key is to be consistent and start slowly.

Retinol Skin Brightener comes in three strengths for all skin types to support a variety of skin sensitivities and brightening goals: 0.25%, 0.5% and 1%.

ZO® Skin Health Wrinkle + Texture Repair features a micro-emulsion delivery system, Wrinkle + Texture Repair is a high-potency retinol that restores natural hydration, visibly improving the appearance of wrinkles and refining skin texture. This high strength 0.5% retinol with regular product use, skin will acclimate, revealing a smoother, more even-toned and youthful-looking complexion

ZO® Skin Health Radical Night Repair is formulated with 1% retinol to help improve the appearance of skin’s brightness and provides a more even tone. It also calms and soothes the skin and help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Flaking, dryness and breakouts are very common when first starting your retinol journey especially with higher potencies. The key is to start slow and work your way up when your skin has been properly conditioned.


How do you know which strength is right for you?

Are you a retinoid newbie or are you already well-acquainted with retinol in your regimen? ZO carries three offered strengths, 0.25%, 0.5% and 1%, and choosing the correct strength can help improve overall product experience.

Retinol’s anticipated reactions, such as redness and dryness, are signs that the product is working. These reactions can be easily controlled by adjusting product strength or usage frequency.

To figure out the best strength and product for you, speak with one of our skincare specialists over a complimentary consultation!


TIP OF THE DAY: Always apply and reapply your sunscreen all year round, even on cloudy days! It is especially important to wear sunscreen when using skin sensitizing products such as retinol and other acids.


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