What Is Pro Retinol?

Pro-retinol is a trademarked name for a derivative of vitamin A marketed by the cosmetic company L'Oreal. It's used as an ingredient in topical anti-aging and wrinkle-diminishing creams and moisturizers. A 2007 study performed by University of Michigan researchers found that retinol, the primary ingredient in pro-retinol, does smooth wrinkles due to aging as well as minimize fine lines in skin that's experienced sun damage.

Woman holding a jar of face cream (Image: Ridofranz/iStock/Getty Images)

Additional Benefits

Retinol is an antioxidant that can be absorbed through the skin. The University of Michigan researchers note that it helps improve production of collagen, the skin's primary building block, making the skin less vulnerable to injury and enhancing its elasticity. Retinol can also increase the number of glycosaminoglycans, compounds that keep the skin hydrated. Retinol exists in many different over-the-counter and prescription skin creams, but the derivative known as pro-retinol is only available in Advanced Revitalift, a L'Oreal product.

Load comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.