Let’s talk about retinol. Skincare enthusiasts rave about it. Dermatologists have sworn by it for decades. But does retinol deserve all the hype? We’re here to tell you that, yes, it does. Retinol is one of the most effective over-the-counter ingredients in cosmetic dermatology. Retinol is what we would call a ‘superhero’ product. What qualifies it as a superhero is that if you only used retinol, and nothing else, you’d see dramatic improvements.Text

What is retinol?

Retinoids is the umbrella term for a large family of Vitamin A derivatives. The cells in our skin are equipped with retinoid receptors that dictate how the cell functions. Retinoids encourage cell turnover and support collagen production. They are scientifically proven to improve skin tone, texture, smooth lines and wrinkles and combat acne by helping unclog and prevent clogged pores, minimizing their appearance.  

There are different forms of retinoids and they vary in effectiveness and speed of results. Basically, when it comes to retinoids there are two categories: the prescriptive side, and the non-prescriptive side.  

Prescriptive Retinoic Acid (Retin-A, or Tretinoin) is only distributed by dermatologists. Retin-A first grew in popularity 30 years ago as an effective acne treatment. However, early users of retin-a also noticed a younger and more vibrant complexion. Retinoic acid achieves faster results than non-prescription retinol, but like with many Rx-grade formulas, there are some side effects, like dryness and irritation.

Retinol is the purest and most widely known form of Vitamin A available in over the counter (OTC) products. Biochemically, retinol and retin-a are effectively the same - they differ in the speed of cellular communication. Retinol takes longer to synthesize on the cellular level, achieving results over a longer time period. However, the results are comparable with it’s Retin-A cousin while being more gentle on the skin.  

When it comes to picking an OTC retinoid, you should always look for retinol in its purest form. Retinol derivatives, like retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate, are much easier to formulate but are significantly weaker than retinol in its effectiveness. So make sure you check your labels when buying a retinoid product.

The MDC Difference

Total Eye Treatment - Contains, NanoActive HA, Absorbs deeper into the skin's surface for visible improvements in lift,  firmness and crepey skin, and Helps even and brighten skin tone

MD Complete’s Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus is an advanced dermatologist-grade treatment that dramatically rejuvenates the skin. Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus uses a proprietary blend of high-potency ingredients, including 40% more pure retinol than found in typical department store brands. It is the most effective non-Rx form of retinol available without the irritation and dryness associated with prescriptive retinoids.

Not only is Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus formulated with pure, activated retinol, it also has a 30% higher concentration of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (THD). THD is the most potent form of Vitamin C available on the market. These two powerful active ingredients work beautifully together (along with a proprietary blend of other powerful ingredients like MD Complete’s own NanoActive HA complex - a new form of hyaluronic acid that is more readily absorbed by the skin), to deliver plump, firm and glowing skin.

For more acne-prone skin, we recommend MD Complete’s Citrus C Healthy Complexion. Formulated with Retinol and a blend of Vitamins B, C and E, Citrus C this multitasking formula effectively fights breakouts, diminishes the appearance of post-acne dark spots and smooths tone and texture.

To improve the appearance of your eyes, we recommend MD Complete’s Total Eye Treatment. This treatment is comparable to professional eye creams costing over $150 and helps deliver complete care to the delicate skin around the eye, improving the look of fine lines, skin tone, radiance and firmness. In fact, when used in conjunction with Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus, it matched the skin rejuvenation results of three in-office laser treatments.

Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy PLUS

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Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy PLUS

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Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy PLUS

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When should I start using retinol?

As soon as possible! Retinol is good for any age! Remember that retinoids were initially introduced as an acne treatment, so it was prescribed to patients in their early teens. When compared to people who never used retinol, people who started using retinoids at an early age and continued into their 30s and early 40s tend to have firmer skin with less signs of aging.

We like to consider retinol like an investment in your 401k. The earlier you start investing, the greater your benefits will be in the long run.

Let’s talk about retinol. Skincare enthusiasts rave about it. Dermatologists have sworn by it for decades. But does retinol deserve all the hype? We’re here to tell you that, yes, it does. Retinol is one of the most effective over-the-counter ingredients in cosmetic dermatology. Retinol is what we would call a ‘superhero’ product. What qualifies it as a superhero is that if you only used retinol, and nothing else, you’d see dramatic improvements.Text

What is retinol?

Retinoids is the umbrella term for a large family of Vitamin A derivatives. The cells in our skin are equipped with retinoid receptors that dictate how the cell functions. Retinoids encourage cell turnover and support collagen production. They are scientifically proven to improve skin tone, texture, smooth lines and wrinkles and combat acne by helping unclog and prevent clogged pores, minimizing their appearance.  

There are different forms of retinoids and they vary in effectiveness and speed of results. Basically, when it comes to retinoids there are two categories: the prescriptive side, and the non-prescriptive side.  

Prescriptive Retinoic Acid (Retin-A, or Tretinoin) is only distributed by dermatologists. Retin-A first grew in popularity 30 years ago as an effective acne treatment. However, early users of retin-a also noticed a younger and more vibrant complexion. Retinoic acid achieves faster results than non-prescription retinol, but like with many Rx-grade formulas, there are some side effects, like dryness and irritation.

Retinol is the purest and most widely known form of Vitamin A available in over the counter (OTC) products. Biochemically, retinol and retin-a are effectively the same - they differ in the speed of cellular communication. Retinol takes longer to synthesize on the cellular level, achieving results over a longer time period. However, the results are comparable with it’s Retin-A cousin while being more gentle on the skin.  

When it comes to picking an OTC retinoid, you should always look for retinol in its purest form. Retinol derivatives, like retinyl palmitate and retinyl acetate, are much easier to formulate but are significantly weaker than retinol in its effectiveness. So make sure you check your labels when buying a retinoid product.

The MDC Difference

Total Eye Treatment - Contains, NanoActive HA, Absorbs deeper into the skin's surface for visible improvements in lift,  firmness and crepey skin, and Helps even and brighten skin tone

MD Complete’s Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus is an advanced dermatologist-grade treatment that dramatically rejuvenates the skin. Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus uses a proprietary blend of high-potency ingredients, including 40% more pure retinol than found in typical department store brands. It is the most effective non-Rx form of retinol available without the irritation and dryness associated with prescriptive retinoids.

Not only is Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus formulated with pure, activated retinol, it also has a 30% higher concentration of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (THD). THD is the most potent form of Vitamin C available on the market. These two powerful active ingredients work beautifully together (along with a proprietary blend of other powerful ingredients like MD Complete’s own NanoActive HA complex - a new form of hyaluronic acid that is more readily absorbed by the skin), to deliver plump, firm and glowing skin.

For more acne-prone skin, we recommend MD Complete’s Citrus C Healthy Complexion. Formulated with Retinol and a blend of Vitamins B, C and E, Citrus C this multitasking formula effectively fights breakouts, diminishes the appearance of post-acne dark spots and smooths tone and texture.

To improve the appearance of your eyes, we recommend MD Complete’s Total Eye Treatment. This treatment is comparable to professional eye creams costing over $150 and helps deliver complete care to the delicate skin around the eye, improving the look of fine lines, skin tone, radiance and firmness. In fact, when used in conjunction with Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus, it matched the skin rejuvenation results of three in-office laser treatments.

Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy PLUS

Sold out
Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy PLUS

Sold out
Wrinkle & Radiance Remedy PLUS

Sold out

When should I start using retinol?

As soon as possible! Retinol is good for any age! Remember that retinoids were initially introduced as an acne treatment, so it was prescribed to patients in their early teens. When compared to people who never used retinol, people who started using retinoids at an early age and continued into their 30s and early 40s tend to have firmer skin with less signs of aging.

We like to consider retinol like an investment in your 401k. The earlier you start investing, the greater your benefits will be in the long run.

How do I start incorporating retinol into my skincare regimen?

Now that you know all the benefits of retinol, we hope you are excited to start integrating it into your routine! If you are completely new to retinol and have sensitive skin concerns, we recommend applying it every couple days until your skin builds endurance.

When applying it to the eye area you may want to start slowly. The skin around the eye is thinner and more sensitive. With a product like Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus, we suggest gradually applying it closer and closer to your eyelash line each time you use it. Some people can take it all the way to the eyelash line without any issue. While some might find that it irritates their eyes. So just ease your way into your retinol routine and do what feels right for you and your skin!

How do I start incorporating retinol into my skincare regimen?

Now that you know all the benefits of retinol, we hope you are excited to start integrating it into your routine! If you are completely new to retinol and have sensitive skin concerns, we recommend applying it every couple days until your skin builds endurance.

When applying it to the eye area you may want to start slowly. The skin around the eye is thinner and more sensitive. With a product like Wrinkle and Radiance Remedy Plus, we suggest gradually applying it closer and closer to your eyelash line each time you use it. Some people can take it all the way to the eyelash line without any issue. While some might find that it irritates their eyes. So just ease your way into your retinol routine and do what feels right for you and your skin!

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