El retinol y las regulaciones de la Unión Europea: ¿Deberíamos dejar de utilizarlo?

Retinol and European Union regulations: Should we stop using it?

Retinol is the fashionable substance in recent years, everyone is talking about it, and not for nothing, because its use has many benefits for the skin, and therefore for many, it is already part of their skin care routine . daily skin. Furthermore, the cosmetics industry and influencers have popularized it even more, talking about its numerous benefits, but... Do we know if continuous use, and without any type of control, can have negative consequences ? This is what the European Union is considering, and that is why it is talking about regulating this very fashionable substance.

What is retinol exactly?

Retinol is a molecule derived from vitamin A. Vitamin A is the generic name for natural or synthetic retinoids that exist in the body in different forms. Thus, vitamin A in the form of a cosmetic active ingredient is what results in retinol. Many virtues are associated with retinol, such as an anti-aging effect, it highlights the ability to stimulate the production of collagen and the reduction of melanin synthesis, which enables a more homogeneous complexion, it also improves fine and deep wrinkles, among other properties.

Other benefits of cosmetics with retinol are:

  • Effectiveness against sun spots and other types of hyperpigmentation.
  • Expression lines decrease.
  • They soften residual marks. For example, acne.
  • They stimulate the formation of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid: this improves the firmness, elasticity and hydration of the skin.
  • They regulate fat production.
  • They enhance epidermal turnover: they eliminate dead cells, improve skin texture and reduce the size of pores.
  • Some studies even show that it is beneficial in combating cellulite.

As you can see, the list is endless , which has evidently favored massive popularization: excessive use of this compound in cosmetic products. The problem with this widespread use, as we have mentioned before, is that there is no type of control over it, over its daily use and over the possible adverse effects that it could bring. For all this, the European Union has considered the need to regulate it.

But what exactly does the European Union propose about retinol?

The proposal is to limit the concentration of substances derived from vitamin A, such as retinol, to 0.3% in facial cosmetics with or without rinsing (cleansers, serums or creams) and 0.05% in body formulas. As we see, this is a limitation, it is not prohibited or withdrawn. The reason is that “the general exposure of the population to vitamin A could exceed the maximum intake level established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)”, although this does not mean that it is toxic or dangerous.

The National Library of Medicine also explains that vitamin A problems can come topically or orally and notes that a common adverse effect of topical retinoid applied uncontrollably is skin irritation in the form of erythema and peeling, as well as irritation. skin, local pain and heat, burning sensation, contact dermatitis or pruritus.

As we see, like everything in this life: excess can have adverse reactions, which is why regulation of its use is necessary, but...

Is there an alternative to retinol?

The answer is yes, bakuchiol . It is a natural ingredient derived from the seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, known as babchi. It is presented as a gentler alternative to retinol for skin care, as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties similar to those of retinol, but without the possible side effects such as irritation and sensitivity to the sun. Additionally, bakuchiol is suitable for all skin types , including the most sensitive, making it an attractive option for those looking for the anti-aging benefits of retinol without its drawbacks.

Studies have shown that bakuchiol can help stimulate collagen production, improve skin texture and tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also has antibacterial properties that can help treat acne. Although bakuchiol is a relatively new ingredient in the skin care industry, its popularity has grown rapidly due to its proven benefits and natural origin, making it a great alternative for those looking for a gentler, more environmentally friendly option. the skin.

Our Ideal-Age Cherry Serum contains a high concentration of bakuchiol, which is why it becomes the perfect ally when combating the signs of aging, improving hyperpigmentation and acne-prone skin. If you haven't tried bakuchiol yet, now is the perfect time to do so.

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