Chronological or environmental skin aging. Deeper lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, tiny wrinkles around the mouth and lips, hyperpigmentation (age spots, sun damage), thinning skin with reduced elasticity/firmness. As we age, skin cells go dormant and cellular generation slows; what used to take 30 days now takes considerably longer. Old, dull, damaged skin cells remain on the surface of the skin. To accelerate cellular turnover, Ossential® Radical Night Repair Plus features a potent concentration of retinol. After it has penetrated our skin, retinol reacts with natural enzymes to convert to trans-retinoic acid, which is a usable form of Vitamin A. Skin can then generate new cells and produce more collagen. This activity makes older cells rise to the surface and exfoliate. As new skin cells emerge, skin appears younger, healthier, more even-toned and radiant. 1.0% concentration of retinol , Ossential® Radical Night Repair Plus features the highest concentration of retinol in an over-the-counter product (6X-10X higher than traditional retinol products). Retinol causes new collagen to be formed in chronologically-aged skin and skin damaged by UV rays. It is the most effective topical anti-aging ingredient, because it assists in the process of repairing and rebuilding collagen. Given the high concentration of retinol, Ossential® Radical Night Repair Plus works faster, and more effectively, than any other anti-aging product. Products that have a low concentration of retinol—e.g, .10% to .15%, produce less retinol cascade (the process by which special enzymes convert the retinol to the active metabolite, retinoic acid). When this conversion rate is low, very little retinoic acid becomes bio-available to the cells. A high concentration of retinol (such as with 1.0%) increases the conversion rate of retinol-to-retinoic acid. The higher the concentration of retinol, therefore, the greater the conversion to retinoic acid, and the better the result. Scientists agree that an even higher concentration (for ex., 2% or 3% or 4%) would be even more effective, however the product would be extremely and unacceptably irritating. 1% is the ideal “cap rate”—the greatest concentration of retinol, with little to no irritation.
Time-Released Microspheres. Traditional retinol products cause a sudden release and “downpour” of retinol—which can be irritating. That’s why manufacturers use a very low concentration of retinol. ZO® Skin Health’s Radical Night Repair Plus uses a unique delivery system–the retinol is encapsulated in a time-released microsphere. So unlike the “downpour”, micro-spheres causes a slow, steady, continuous “drizzle”. Anhydrous (water-free) formula increases the potency of active ingredients. Skinasensyl®, a peptide that increases skin’s natural tolerance threshold. Users are much less likely to experience any discomfort, which is especially beneficial to over-reactive and sensitive skin. Due to the concentration of retinol (at least 6X the industry norm), this is a very potent product. Initially some dryness, irritation and peeling are normal. These symptoms typically develop 3-7 days following the first application and indicate skin cells are awakening, and damaged skin is being repaired. If you are not currently using retinol, begin gradually. Following cleansing, apply 1-2 pumps twice a week in the evening, 30 minutes before retiring. Increase frequency to alternate nights—and then every night—as tolerated. For best results, use as part of a ZO® Skin Health regimen.The Agressive Anti-Aging Treatment Program is recommended for: Reducing deeper lines and wrinkles. Maintaining the results achieved with lasers or medical treatments. Restoring skin elasticity. Lightening hyperpigmentation and “age spots”. Creating more even skin tone.