Anti-Aging in the Spotlight: SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream with Pure Retinol

I vowed to buy another bottle of my PH Advantage Vitamin C serum to see if the bottle I bought was affected by the intense Australian summer heat, but now that I have finished the bottle, I feel like trying out something new before I head back to Kit Cosmetics for a second try.

SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream with Pure Retinol vows to plump your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fade sun spots, and neutralise pimples.  I was weary of trying a Retinol product for some time because of the side effects associated with its use:  peeling, sensitivity, redness, and increased photo-senstivity.  Rather than use one of the generic retinols, I decided to go for SkinCeuticals in the hope that it would be a little kinder to my skin.  The insert in the box declares that the retinol is released slowly to preclude the irritation that is often associated with retinols.

SkinCeuticals Retinol delivers all the effects of a good vitamin c serum, but the effects are more long lasting.  Where my skin will look refreshed and radiant after a night’s sleep with a vitamin c serum applied, my skin would look ready for the next application of vitamin c that evening. SkinCeuticals Retinol made a similarly dramatic difference to my skin which lasted for days without reapplication.  However, whilst a vitamin c serum does not have any side effects at all (on me), the SkinCeuticals Retinol did lead to a tiny amount of peeling on my cheeks (but nothing that couldn’t be disguised with a good moistuiser) and increased sensitivity .

I applied the SkinCeuticals retinol at night to my face, neck, and decolletage, with no other products, and in the morning my skin was hugely improved.  I avoided my eyelids, and under eye area, but applied the retinol directly to my crow’s feet, using my orbital bone as a guide.  I was very impressed with the plumped, wrinkle-less skin I saw in the mirror the next morning – I felt the clock had definitely been rewound by five years at least.

However, for days afterward, without reapplication, every time I applied moisturiser, sunscreen, or foundation, it was like applying those products to your face when you’re suffering from sunburn.  Not entirely pleasant. For some reason it was only around my cheekbone area.  But then, I kept looking in the mirror and seeing the dramatic improvement in my skin: wrinkles were pretty much gone (I’m in my early thirties, but still, there were some there), skin was plumped, hyper-pigmentation was a little faded, skin texture was refined, skin was amazingly soft, and pimples had disappeared.

In short, I like this product very much and will be repurchasing for use as a treatment.  The increased photo-sensitivity doesn’t worry me too much as I wear a sunscreen every day anyway.  Also, I found that this product is most effective when used on its own at night.  It does have the same drying effect of a vitamin c serum, so I recommend a good moisturiser to be used in conjunction with this.

Basically, if you want to use a topical vitamin treatment for your skin, use a vitamin c serum daily if you don’t want any side effects.  If you would like to apply a product periodically instead (I use it every five days at the moment), and you don’t have sensitive skin, and can put up with the initial ‘sunburn effect’ for a few days, then try the retinol. I would say the effect on my skin after a month of use is slightly better than a vitamin c serum.

This is an expensive product.  SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream with Pure Retinol (30ml) is selling for USD $44.25 (including shipping) on Ebay from jennyskincare.  Bear in mind that you only need a tiny amount to cover your face, neck, and chest, and used as a topical treatment it does last a long time.

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