The vitamin A derivative, Retinol, is a well known active to help prevent skin issues related to ageing skin. In an attempt to add a retinol based product into my skincare routine, I started using a cheaper alternative to Retin A. In Australia it is only accessible with a doctor's prescription.
Normally it takes a lot for my combination skin to react, unless a product is causing a break-out. Before I had a chance to notice results, my skin became very dry to the point of flaking. This is to be expected, but the itchy dry feel was just too much for me so I didn't get a replacement.
After this experience, I then purchased from Avibon, a well known French brand. Being a thick ointment, I hated using it because it became too greasy on my skin, even using a little. You can read my review here.
I had pretty much given up on finding a decent retinol based product that would fit in my budget. But then I started reading positive things about the brand Indeed Labs. I just had to try Retinol Reface.
Taken from Indeed Labs website- "Retinol is considered to be one of the most effective ingredients in helping to reduce the visible signs of ageing. Retinol Reface contains not one but 3 forms of retinol to help develop softer, smoother looking skin, while targeting the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet. Unlike many other retinol products Retinol Reface is moisturising and non irritating. No peeling, dryness or redness."
The product is packaged in a tube.
It's not a squeeze tube, but has a pump top dispenser.
A light cream consistency.
Retinol Reface is recommended to be used at night only. I apply after cleansing and toning. I haven't noticed a smell to this product. I use one pump, warm between my palms, then massage into my face. The cream becomes more of a serum once warmed. It absorbs into my skin very quickly.
Since using, I have not experienced any adverse reactions. No stinging, redness, peeling or even the slightest drying of my skin.
Now onto the results. I have not noticed a reduction in my fine lines, so far, but I can attest to the skin smoothing and softening. My skin also feels plumper. I admit to experiencing a few pimples popping up, but I would say that it's my skin purging. It has not prevented me from wanting to continue with this gentle retinol treatment.
I will be sure to update any progress as I continue to use Retinol Reface.
Do you incorporate retinol in your skincare regime?
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