If there were one ingredient that was considered the "gold standard" in the skincare industry, it would have to be Retinol. Retinol is essentially a form of vitamin A. All forms of topical Vitamin A derivatives fall under the umbrella of Retinoids whether prescription strength or over the counter (OTC). The difference between the forms is their strength, you need a prescription for a retinoid, such as Retin-A but retinol may be used in an OTC.
When Vitamin A is in a retinol formulation,"It's added to topical skincare products to promote skin renewal, reduce acne and boost your skin's collagen production," says NYC dermatologist, Whitney Bowe, M.D."It also functions as an antioxidant to help address free-radical damage, which leads to visible signs of aging."
Retin-A will be the most effective and potent form in a skin cream but it will have the highest irritation factor. Retinol is less irritating but takes longer to achieve results. The reason you see results from a prescription-strength retinoid more quickly than you would an OTC retinol, Bowe says, is because "OTC retinols are in ester forms and there are more steps involved for these ester forms to be converted to active retinoic acid."
Even retinol (OTC) can cause irritation in some skin types, that is why formulators have searched out alternatives as well as complimentary ingredients that can ease the delivery of retinol into the skin allowing less irritation, slower delivery and more targeted results.
GLOWBIOTICS has solved the irritation problem by creating Smart Retinoid or Glyceryl Diretinoate (GDR). Patented and exclusive only to GLOWBIOTICS, GDR is the byproduct of the reaction of retinoic acid with glycerin. The result is a retinoic acid ester. It's essentially a retinoic acid attached to a triglyceride (think, fat-coated). This stabilizes the retinoid, increases its ability to penetrate the skin, and reduces the reaction it causes. This offers users a high-performance retinoid with none of the irritation!
GLOWBIOTICS offers 3 levels of retinol delivery, a "Step-up Method" to target mild, moderate and advanced skin conditions, in a gentle yet effective way.