Skinceuticals Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream

Retinol is a cell-communicating ingredient. In other words, it trains your skin cells to behave healthier and younger to encourage cell turnover and skin rejuvenation. Unlike exfoliants, retinoids work deeper in the skin, specifically the dermis layer, to make some real changes to your skin. Retinol is the renaissance man of the skincare world; it does it all. It improves the appearance of acne, pore size, pigmentation, skin texture,  fine lines and wrinkles, and even promotes the growth of collagen.  While prescription strength retinoids are stronger than over-the-counter versions, there are some seriously potent  options out there that you can get your hands on without a prescription. One of them is Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0 Maxiumum Strength Refining Night Cream.

Skinceuticals has quite the array of results-focused products and their retinols are no different. The consistency is a light weight lotion that is comparable to the feel of a cream-based prescription retinoid. After applying it  you’ll notice that it has a slightly silicony finish though it still feels light on the skin. Skinceauticals recommends waiting at least 30 minutes before applying a moisturizer over top to avoid interfering with the efficacy of the product. I have combination skin  that’s  prone to dehydration so my skin feels thirsty the first few minutes after I apply it.

In addition to its generous amount of retinol the formula includes skin loving antioxidants and ceramides making it a well-rounded option. Apply an antioxidant rich serum in the morning along with a broad-spectrum SPF in addition to a quality retinol in the evening and you’ve got yourself an awesome skincare routine.

Sounds perfect! Well, almost. There are two ingredients in the formula that may cause irritation, besides the retinol. First there’s the St. John’s Wort which can cause a reaction on skin exposed to the sun. The second potentially irritating ingredient is methylisothiazolinone, a preservative that has also been shown to sensitize the skin. Don’t feel like these two ingredients spoil the product; it’s still a fantastic formula. Just be sure to apply this stuff at night only.

Ingredients In Skinceuticals Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream 1.0

Water, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butyorspermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Propylene Glycol, Allyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Retinol, BHT, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethicone PEG-7 Isostearate, Glycerin, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Leureth-7, Bisabolol. Rosa Canina Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matreicaria) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Methylsothiazolinone, Tetrasodium EDTA

Company Claims

Retinol 1.0 is ideal for problematic and sun-damaged skin that has been pre-conditioned with the use of Retinol 0.5. Formulated with the highest concentration of 1.0% pure retinol, this night cream is enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies to ensure maximum efficacy and stability. Retinol 1.0 is proven to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration while minimizing breakouts and the appearance of pores.

  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, skin discoloration, blemishes, and blotchiness
  • Formulated to minimize irritation commonly associated with the use of retinol creams
  • Specialized packaging preserves optimal retinol stability
  • Will not clog pores
  • Non-comedogenic; ideal for most skin types
  • Due to the high concentration of retinol, please consult your physician.
All-in-all Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0  Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream is a well-formulated retinol product and one of the best on the market. Note that this formula also comes in a .5 version meaning it contains half the amount of retinol. If you are just starting out in the world of retinoids then you may prefer to start with the .5. Regardless of the retinoid you opt for, work it into your skincare routine gradually and apply sparingly. When it comes to retinoids consistency is key, not amount. And again, SUNSCREEN 😉


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