BBC - Why retinol works

BBC’s The Truth about Looking Good – Why Retinol Works

TL:DR Summary

  • Retinol’s Proven Efficacy: Over-the-counter retinol products effectively reduce wrinkles, rivaling needle-based treatments.
  • Scientific Backing: Studies show retinol improves fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation with sustained use.
  • Usage Guidelines: Start with 0.1% retinol, gradually increasing to 1%, balancing efficacy with skin tolerance.
  • Wellaholic’s Retinol-Based Skincare: Incorporates retinol for its cell-communicating, antioxidant, and skin texture improving properties.
  • Enhanced with Elight Therapy: Wellaholic combines retinol with Elight Facial Collagen Boost for synergistic skin rejuvenation.
  • Commitment to Results: Regular, disciplined use of Wellaholic’s treatments maximizes anti-aging benefits, leveraging science and innovation.
The table presents a clear comparison of five key skincare ingredients—Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Vitamin C, and Salicylic Acid—highlighting their sources and main benefits, such as enhancing skin texture, retaining moisture, brightening complexion, and combating aging and acne.
The Science Behind Popular Skin Care Ingredients


In my journey through the aesthetics world, I’ve seen trends come and go. But one thing remains constant: the quest for that perfect skincare ingredient. Enter retinol. It’s not just another buzzword. My experience, backed by countless conversations with clients and experts, has shown me its true value.

Retinol is a star in the skincare universe. Why? It genuinely works. From reducing fine lines to improving skin texture, its benefits are solid.

In the article below, I’ll dive deeper into why retinol is a game-changer. This isn’t just about sharing facts. It’s about giving you the real scoop on why your skin will thank you for it. Stay tuned.

In the UK over £9 billion a year are spent on beauty products that promise to improve and transform us. But how much of what these products promise is based in scientific evidence, and how much is simply marketing manipulation?

Cherry Healey teams up with independent scientists to put everyday cosmetics to the test like never before. In a groundbreaking study carried out by the University of Sheffield, and with the help of 25 volunteers, she discovers that moisturisers might not have the benefits people think they do.

She meets dermatologists in Manchester to find out how well her skin is really ageing and sees the shocking effects of sun damage, and she discovers the only over-the-counter product scientists would use on their own wrinkles.

Cheery Healty Teams Up with Scientists

UK spends over £9 billion annually on beauty products that promise to enhance and transform its citizens. But how much of what these products promise is based in scientific evidence, and how much is simply marketing manipulation?

Cherry Healey teams up with independent scientists to put everyday cosmetics to the test like never before. A study by the University of Sheffield, with 25 volunteers, found that moisturizers may not have the benefits people believe.

She visits dermatologists in Manchester to check her skin and learns about the harmful effects of sun damage. She also discovers a recommended over-the-counter product for reducing wrinkles, trusted by scientists.

Retinol helps reduce wrinkles, blemishes, and age spots by increasing collagen production and cell turnover rate

Retinol Works Brilliantly!

​Over-the-counter retinol products could offer an effective alternative to needles when it comes to addressing wrinkles. Dr. Anjali Mahto told Cherry about a study done by the Amway Corporation and the University of Michigan. It showed that using 0.1% retinol for four weeks made fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation better.

Weaker tretinoin can still bring sustained improvements over several months with continued use, which Dr. Mahto highlights as an impressive no-needle option.

Her recommended plan of action? Use a product with a minimum of 0.1% retinol in it to begin with, building it up gradually. If only small amounts of irritation are experienced, upgrade to maybe 0.3% or 0.5% in a few months’ time. Once you’re used to it, try building it up to 1%. Caution is advised though due to the risk of redness and irritation.

Wellaholic’s Skincare is Retinol-Based

Part of Wellaholic’s research stems from the numerous independent studies that have been made on retinol – it remains one of the highly important ingredient with an amazing benefit on the skin.  

The benefits of Retinol for the skin include: 

Wellaholic's Face Serum contains 100% pure concentrate of retinyl palmitate, which is a gentler form of retinol suitable for daily usage. Wellaholic's Retinol Moisturiser, on the other hand, has a combination of retinyl palmitate and moisturising agents including AHA or alpha hydroxyl acid which provides more moisturing properties and is suitable for application when going to bed. 

This combination treatment brings out the effectiveness of the Elight Facial Collagen Boost treatment.  Going deeper into the science behind this approach, Elight treatments uses Radio Frequency, IPL, as well as Red Light Therapy to stimulate the collagen peptides.

Wellaholic’s Retinol Face Serum

Wellaholic’s Face Serum has a 100% pure concentration of retinyl palmitate. This ingredient is a milder form of retinol that can be used every day.

Wellaholic’s Retinol Moisturiser contains retinyl palmitate and moisturizing agents like alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) for extra moisture. It is ideal for nighttime aapplications

This combination treatment brings out the effectiveness of the Elight Facial Collagen Boost treatment. Elight treatments use Radio Frequency, IPL, and Red Light Therapy to stimulate collagen peptides.

The collagen peptides, upon stimulated by the various energies, is able to boost collagen production, and help repair the skin and tightening it in the process (as seen in the illustration). This works very well with the retinol therapy proposed as the retinoic acid helps to accelerate the exfolication of the outer surface of the skin, thereby revealing (more quickly) the newer layers of skin which is already created and tightened by the Elight process. 

While this process is effective and have been many satisfied customers, it is not an immediate process (as with Laser invasive treatments). This is because the body takes time to create collagen and shed off the outer layer of skin. Hence, the treatment, while effective, requires a dedicated and consistent approach.  

With a disciplined approach towards Elight treatments and combining it with the retinol-application treatment on a regular basis - you will be leveraging on science and innovation to help you look younger and slow down the process of ageing on your skin!

Collagen Peptides

Collagen peptides, when stimulated by different energies, can increase collagen production, repair the skin, and tighten it (as shown in the illustration).

Retinol therapy works well with the proposed treatment. Retinoic acid helps speed up the exfoliation of the outer skin layer, revealing newer layers of skin that have been tightened by the Elight process.

This process works well and has satisfied many customers, but it’s not as fast as laser treatments. This is because the body takes time to create collagen and shed off the outer layer of skin. Hence, the treatment, while effective, requires a dedicated and consistent approach.  

By using Elight treatments and regularly applying retinol, you can use science and innovation to look younger and slow down skin aging.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

Contact Serene at [email protected]


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