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Many cosmetics now contain retinol what is this, and how is it beneficial?

Retinol is an animal form of Vitamin A, and plays a role in maintaining the epithelial tissues of the body the epidermis (skin) is specialised epithelial tissue. Vitamin A is generally obtained from food sources good sources include cod liver oil, butter, liver, eggs, cheese and milk. Now, derivatives of retinol are being used as anti-aging agents in cosmetics. By applying retinol to the skin, Vitamin A can be directly absorbed, increasing the rate of skin turnover and increasing collagen, leading to a more youthful appearance.