Retinol, the powerful anti-aging active

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Retinol is an ingredient that you cannot leave out of your facial routine because it will improve the texture of your skin, increase its hydration and bring luminosity to your face. Plus, it helps prevent the signs of aging and photo-aging! Want to learn more about this famous ingredient? Keep reading this blog!

What is retinol?

Retinol is an active molecule derived from vitamin A and is used in cosmetic products to reduce and treat fine lines and wrinkles. It belongs to the retinoid family, where some have medical and others cosmetic uses. In the field of medicine the most common are retinoic acid, isotretinoin and tretinoin.

Retinoic acid is pure vitamin A which is the most irritating of all types and is only used in medicine not in cosmetics, usually requiring a doctor’s prescription for use.

In cosmetics the most commonly used are retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate and retinaldehyde which are stable and less irritating than the above. At Mediterranean Spirit we use retinyl palmitate, you can see it in the INCI of our products.

Benefits of Retinol

Retinol has a firming effect and makes your skin look smoother and firmer, stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin, promotes cell renewal giving uniformity to the skin and as mentioned above visibly reduces wrinkles and expression lines.


In addition to all these benefits, retinol prevents the signs of skin aging because it has antioxidant properties, redefines pore size, visibly reduces blemishes and unifies tone, controls excess oil and improves the appearance of acne-prone skin. In mature skins it helps to combat flaccidity.

Did you know that its combination with vitamin c is the perfect anti-blemish ally? They also work effectively to defend the skin against free radicals and increase anti-aging benefits. We recommend using our anti-aging facial serum containing vitamin c and you can combine it with our facial cream and eye cream containing retinol!

Is retinol suitable for all skin types?

Retinol can be used for all skin types, although it is especially indicated to refine the skin, in skins with wrinkles or to stimulate the production of collagen. In dry skin it helps to renew the skin and dead cells and in oily skin it helps to clean the pores and prevents acne thanks to its exfoliating effect “peeling”, goodbye to blemishes and blackheads!

At Mediterranean Spirit we use retinol in our eye cream and in the new face cream as one of our main ingredients as mentioned above. If you want a younger, more hydrated and beautiful skin, why wait to test the effect of this star ingredient on your skin! We assure you that it will be your great ally against skin aging! But please, never forget to protect your skin from UV rays with a sunscreen SPF 25 or higher every day! You must always protect your skin!

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In Mediterranean Spirit we elaborate natural and ecological cosmetics inspired by the beauty of the Mediterranean. We extract the best of its nature to pamper your skin. We care about our products being of high quality, being honest with the benefits of the ingredients. Mediterranean Spirit is designed for people who are aware of the environment and sustainability.