Editor's Pick: SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Review
By now, you’ve likely heard the hype around retinol. A naturally occurring form of vitamin A, retinol can be found in a plethora of skin care products, including night creams, serums, and targeted acne solutions. It’s not for nothing that the superstar ingredient gets so much attention. Research suggests that retinol can help visibly reduce signs of skin aging (think wrinkles & fine lines), improve an uneven skin tone, and smooth and refine skin’s appearance. Talk about multi-tasking at its finest. One of the most popular retinol-formulated skin care products on the market is without a doubt SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0. The brand sent over complimentary samples for the Skincare.com team to review. Ahead, we share our review of SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, its benefits, how to use it—hint: start at a lower concentration of retinol first—who it’s safe for, and more!
The Benefits of SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 is designed to counteract the effects of photo- and intrinsic aging with a high potency concentration of 1.0% pure retinol, the highest amount of retinol currently available without a prescription. The retinol—suspended in a stabilizing matrix and transported across the skin barrier by an innovative delivery system—is released slowly to preclude the irritation often associated with retinoids. Numerous clinical studies have shown that retinol can have a revitalizing effect on skin by smoothing its surface, counteracting the visible signs of collagen loss due to UV exposure or the natural aging process, and by improving skin clarity and tone. Worried about clogged pores? Don’t be. This refining night cream is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores.
How to Use SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0
In the evening, apply a pea-sized amount of SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. For optimal results, wait at least 30 minutes before applying other skin care products. Retinol is powerful, so if it’s your first time using it or it’s been a while since your last application, you’ll want to build a tolerance to the product to lessen the chances of an adverse reaction, such as redness, irritation, or other signs of discomfort. Start with a lower concentration of retinol—SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 has half the amount of pure retinol than SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0—twice a week, gradually increasing frequency and application to once a night, as tolerated.
Want to up the ante on your anti-aging regimen? Pair your retinol with a vitamin C product. According to board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Dendy Engelman, retinol and vitamin C—two anti-aging power players—are a good combo for your skin.
IMPORTANT: Retinol use is prone to increase UV sensitivity, so it should only be applied at nighttime. In the AM, it’s essential to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen—SPF 15 or higher—daily. Unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays can age skin prematurely and cause wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots to appear, side effects that can counteract the skin benefits of retinol. You don’t want it all to be for naught, do you?
Now that you know what ingredients you can (and should!) pair retinol with, here’s what you should try to avoid. Proceed with caution when using retinol with benzoyl peroxide or AHAs. Since they can be drying, exfoliating, peeling agents, they can cause skin irritation when used simultaneously. Additionally, AHAs and retinol can be an irritating combo for women with sensitive skin. Try using an AHA in the morning and a retinol at night to start while you build a tolerance.
Who Should Use SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 is ideal for most skin types, especially photodamaged, problematic, and congested skin. It can be too overwhelming for sensitive skin, though. Use this product once your skin has been pre-conditioned with a lower concentration of retinol. Due to the high concentration of retinol in SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, consult your physician before use.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Review
At Skincare.com, I spend a lot of time chatting with our many consulting dermatologists to receive helpful skin care tips and advice—of which I later share with our audience. Most dermatologists sing the high praises of retinol as part of an anti-aging routine. Not only that, they advocate for an anti-aging routine to start early—think: in your 20s—before common signs of aging even begin to crop on a complexion. With so much chatter and praise around retinol, I knew it was time to begin incorporating it into my personal skin care routine. SkinCeuticals sent me a complimentary sample of Retinol 0.5, the recommended starter dosage for a retinol newbie like me, which I have been using for about six months now. Since then, I’ve noticed a reduced appearance of my dark spots and my skin appears brighter. I’ve recently switched over to SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0, and am happy to report that my skin suffered no negative reaction as a result of the higher concentration, which I’d chalk up to the fact that I pre-conditioned my skin to Retinol 0.5. My skin already feels smoother and I love how light it feels on my skin. It dries quickly and doesn’t have any strong odor associated with it. A little goes a long way too, so a 1 oz. tube of SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 can last quite a bit of time!