I Tried CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum and My Skin Has Never Looked Better
I boarded the anti-aging skin-care train the day I turned 20 and haven’t looked back since. Retinol, an anti-aging powerhouse ingredient, is pretty much my ride-or-die — I swear by it. From prescription-strength topicals and over-the-counter buys to serums and night creams, I’ve tested my fair share of products containing the vitamin A derivative. I like to think of myself as something of a retinol connoisseur, so when I received a sample of the CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum from the brand for purposes of this review, I had to give it a go. Read about my experience below. Spoiler alert: I highly recommend adding it to your arsenal.
Here’s What Happened
After cleansing my face at night, I reached for the bottle. When I opened the product, the first thing that caught my eye was the dispensary mechanism. I love that the retinol is delivered through a pump rather than a tube — it helps control the amount of product I use. And given that a little goes a long way when it comes to retinol, this nozzle is ideal. I pumped out around a pea-sized amount of the serum and applied it in small dots where needed, like around my eyes. I was definitely surprised by the texture — in a good way. It was creamier and milkier than I expected and sheered out nicely. I found that patting the product into areas worked better than rubbing it. Initially, it felt a bit tacky, but after about two minutes the retinol serum completely absorbed.
Normally when I use retinol products, I can only tolerate every other night use. Surprisingly, I was able to use the CeraVe serum every night sans irritation. While this might not be the case for everybody (talk to your dermatologist), I found that the hydrating properties of the serum kept dryness at bay. The formula contains three ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, which were moisturizing and had a calming effect on my skin. The CeraVe MVE Technology, a patented delivery method, makes sure that moisture is released over the course of 24 hours, which helped my skin feel balanced throughout the day. Plus, I saw a noticeable change in the fine lines around my eyes. Granted, I don’t have wrinkles just yet, but my skin undoubtedly looked plumper and healthier overall. If you’re on the hunt for an affordable retinol product that still delivers, add CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Serum to your cart. Just remember to pump up your patience and reserve judgment until the six-week mark rolls around (that’s how long it typically takes to see visible results with a retinol product). Also, be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher every day when using a retinol products as it can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
I was gifted this product for the purpose of reviewing it, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.