You’ve heard of retinol before and have wanted to try using it on your face due to it’s miracle anti-aging claims, but you’ve also heard of the scary purge period which can last 6-8 weeks! (Not so bad during quarantine but things are opening up and you want to get outside) Your skin may also be sensitive and you’re scared the purge will leave marks on your face. Did you ever wish there was another way to try retinol without the purge?
Cue embody; an ingestible retinol. So what’s better for you? Ingestible or topicals?
Here’s some research gathered around this debate:
Vitamins and nutrients from our diets eventually enter our bloodstream, which flows to the blood vessels that feed our skin. So if that’s the case, is it even necessary to apply vitamins topically if we are ingesting them through healthy diets and supplements? Topical vitamins target a particular skin issue and are limited to the specific application area. When ingested, the benefits are seen all over the skin at a lower potency, which is why it is good to both ingest and apply vitamins to the skin to achieve the optimal benefits.
Another concern with topicals is that it may be applied unevenly or insufficiently, and wear off from sweating, swimming, or rubbing against clothing, ingestible supplements may be able to offer a more consistent baseline of skin care results, especially if used in combination with topicals. Not to mention some topicals cause irritation and purging for several weeks which isn’t the best case when you have an event coming up.
Conclusion: Do both to see the best results! You may find one works better over the other so make sure you test out both options in small doses and consult your doctor if you have any questions.