The cold and snowy weather continues to cause problems for my Retin A treated skin. Apparently it is the low humidity in the air that’s driving the red patches, tightness and flaking. I’m going to cut back Retin A useage to 2-3x per week and drench my skin with a heavy moisturizer in the morning and evening. In addition I’m going to address environmental humidity both inside and outside. At night I’m going to plug in my humidifier to compensate for radiator dry air. To humidify myself I’m going to try to remember to drink at least a quart of water a day. In warm weather I seem to have a glass of ice tea surgically attached to my hand. When it gets cold, my daily liquid intake drops to several cups of tea and coffee.
If these adjustments don’t help, I have two other options:
1) Twice a week I can apply Retin A, leave it on for 30 minutes, rinse it off and top with moisturizer.
2. Stop using Retin A entirely until spring
I think I really see a difference with Retin A and I don’t want to lose what ground I have gained.
Peptides are fragments of proteins. They don’t directly affect the skin, but rather trigger activities in the cells that help them stay young. Research has shown that peptides can encourage growth of collagen and improve blood circulation in the skin– all good when it comes to anti-aging. But outside the laboratory, the jury is still out deciding if beauty products with peptide can deliver on their promises. There’s also concern about the ability of peptide to get through the skins layers or even how much peptide is in a product. I’m going to try a peptide- rich moisturizer with a money-back guarantee. Definately a win-win situation. If it works, my skin will look better. If it doesn’t, I’ll get my money back.