0.2% Retinol Fine Line Correcting Serum
Revolution Skincare’s 0.2% Retinol Fine Line Correcting Serum is an inexpensive way to add retinol to your skin care routine – especially if you haven’t used retinol before.
Housed in a frosted bottle with a dropper dispenser, this serum’s lightweight oil texture absorbs quickly. Though it isn’t greasy, it’s best for those with normal, dry, and combination skin – those with very oily skin might not appreciate the texture and its potential to emphasize shine.
The star ingredient here is retinol (also known as vitamin A), an ingredient with more than 40 years of research showing its effectiveness in treating fine lines and wrinkles.
A 0.2% concentration of retinol might not seem like much, but studies demonstrate that even seemingly small amounts of retinol can have a noticeable impact on skin’s appearance.
For those who haven’t used retinol in the past, starting with a lower concentration, paying attention to how your skin responds and then working up to more potent strengths is generally recommended.
Backing up the retinol is a blend of non-fragrant coconut, grape, sweet almond, and sunflower seed oils (hence the somewhat oily texture), which in addition to being hydrating, also have antioxidant properties. Their moisturizing abilities can also help “buffer” the retinol, so to speak.
In fact, this product’s only drawback is its packaging. The frosted bottle means the light-sensitive antioxidants within are exposed to light – however, you can mitigate this by storing the bottle in a dark place.
Otherwise, this is a great way to introduce retinol to your routine.
- Includes 0.2% retinol, an amount that will be effective in treating fine lines.
- Includes hydrating, antioxidant-rich non-fragrant plant oils.
- Fragrance free.
- Frosted bottle should be stored out of direct light to preserve its ingredients.
An all-round skin booster, Revolution Skin Fine Line Correcting Serum helps to improve the appearance of skin using Retinol, a form of Vitamin A. This ingredient encourages the natural cell turnover of your skin to reveal a smoother complexion, more even tone and softened appearance of fine lines. This serum uses a gentler form of retinoid in a lower concentration, making it ideal for use on skin that has not built tolerance to retinol products.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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