Avène Ysthéal Emulsion* is a anti ageing cream designed to target fine lines and wrinkles as well as helping with skins radiance and texture. I must admit I don't tend to really look for anti ageing skincare products with only being a mere 32 (ok 33). Up until now it's not something that I felt I needed to dip into and if you're younger than me you may be wanting to click off thinking that this product doesn't apply to you, but wait...
The cream houses a very special ingredient. An ingredient that can help a number of skin concerns. If you suffer from dryness, enlarged pores, acne, pigmentation, or excess oil then you need to keep reading.
The special ingredient is Retinaldehyde (Retinol) a form of the powerful ingredient Vitamin A. Vitamin A is know for it's fantastic skincare uses and does a number of things to help skin look and feel it's best. It's a potent antioxidant that protects against free radicals and collagen breakdown and increases cell turnover.
The result of using this saw my skin change, and for the better. My skin is less oily and congested, which in turn improved the texture and overall appearance. No longer am I worried about the state of my skin, a concern that until recently was always on the forefront of my mind and now pushed right to the back.
I saw spots and blemishes dramatically reduce and when I do get one they only hang around for a day or two at the most before drying up completely. This is definitely a side effect from the Retinol. The escalation of cell turnover helps my skin cope with breakouts in a completely different way. And for someone with problematic skin this is a side effect that I've been loving and has resulted in my skin looking clearer than it had in a long time.
For someone that has tried many skincare products I was blown away at how well this suited my skin. It's like having a good skin day everyday while using this and as a result Retinol will always be in my skin care routine from this moment forth.
Have you used any Retinol based products? Which are your favourite?
As with all Retinol based products it's important to wear SPF as it can make your skin more photo sensitive, a side effect of most AHA's and acids used in skin care.
*PR Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.