Pro-retinol is a fat-soluble ingredient derived from retinol.
Retinol, for those unfamiliar, is a potent form of vitamin A that reduces the look of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation while firming, brightening, and plumping skin.
Pro-retinol is not the same as retinol.
For one, it is much milder and more stable than retinol, which degrades easily when exposed to sunlight.
This comes with pros and cons.
On the plus side, pro-retinol products are less likely to irritate as retinol and other strong vitamin A derivatives can.
But, pro-retinol is also less potent, and therefore takes longer to produce dramatic improvements in age-related concerns, like skin tone and texture irregularities.
The most notable benefit of pro-retinol is its ability to help address age-related skin concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles, without producing irritating side effects, like redness, peeling, or excessive dryness.
Interestingly, pro-retinol also has mild sun-protective properties, which can help safeguard the skin against photoaging, though these effects are not strong enough to replace sunscreen—SPF is still a must.
Pro-retinol is perfect for those with sensitive skin, acne prone skin, or dry skin.