Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream with 1.0% Pure Retinol
Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream with 1.0% Pure Retinol is similar to SkinCeutical’s Retinol 0.5 product, except it contains twice as much retinol. The formula has a silky texture that treats skin to a nice mix of anti-aging ingredients, including skin-repairing ceramides.
Caution is warranted because using retinol at this level (1%) poses a slight risk of side effects that are similar to, but less pronounced than, those caused by topical tretinoin, including redness, flaking/peeling, and possibly stinging. These effects should be short-term as the skin acclimates to retinol, but if they do not dissipate or if they worsen with continued use, stop using the product; retinol at this strength may not be right for your skin.
Note that this product is not recommended for daytime use because it contains the plant extract St. John’s Wort (listed by its Latin name of Hypericum perforatum) which has the potential to trigger a negative reaction on sun-exposed skin. As with any retinol or anti-aging product, daily application of a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater is a must.
Note: This product's original rating was "BEST," but it is now rated "GOOD" because it contains a preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that’s a known sensitizer when used in leave-on products. If you decide to use this retinol product, pay close attention to how your skin responds, and discontinue use if you experience a sensitized reaction.)
Perfect for problematic and photo-damaged skin, Retinol 1.0 contains 1% pure retinol, the highest concentration currently available, and should be used for advanced treatment of pre-conditioned skin. Designed for maximum efficacy and stability, SkinCeuticals Retinol is formulated with highest concentrations of pure retinol available and enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies.
With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).
There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brands offerings.
For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.
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