Powerful, plant-based serum that addresses fine lines, discoloration, blemishes, and enlarged pores / 1 fl oz
Dr. Lara Devgan Retinol + Bakuchiol Resurfacing Serum, available in two retinol strengths (2.5x and 5x), truly feels like a workout for your skin — perhaps more than anything else on our shelves.
Retinol is a solid skincare star: for the past three decades, it’s shown a more profound and positive impact on the skin than most any other ingredient we can think of, smoothing texture, softening hyperpigmentation, clearing acne, boosting collagen synthesis, and repairing damage done during those days when the “savage tan” look was hot. (No judgment: we were there, too, roasting away on beach blankets.)
And this particular retinol serum is like a racecar. It pairs retinol with bakuchiol, a plant based active that boosts antioxidant activity while helping to reduce redness and irritation. The streamlined, lightweight formula also includes ingredients like caffeine to enhance its absorption, green tea polyphenols for additional antioxidant activity, and licorice root extract to help give retinol’s natural hyperpigmentation-fighting capabilities a further push.
The effect? Our sensitive-skinned tester used the “mild” 2.5% version and found it packed an even bigger punch than her 0.05% tretinoin prescription, with minimal irritation. The 5% is a good pick for those with resilient skin and “give me the strong stuff” attitudes: it sold out on Dr. Devgan’s website almost immediately.
Yes, this racecar retinol is expensive. And we really didn’t want to fall in love with it. But as with Dr. Devgan’s Platinum Hyaluronic Serum — which our founder calls her “Dorian Gray serum” — we absolutely and unequivocally fell for this retinol due to its incredible, no-nonsense efficacy. (And since you may only need to use it once every second or third night, it’ll last longer than you might think.)
MILD: 2.5x Retinol + Bakuchiol Resurfacing Serum is suggested by Dr. Devgan for sensitive skin types or those who have never tried a retinol-based product before.
MODERATE: 5x Retinol + Bakuchiol Resurfacing Serum is higher strength, suggested by Dr. Devga for those who have previously tolerated retinols, or those with thick, resilient, or oily skin.
Please avoid this product during pregnancy or nursing, and keep out of the reach of children.
How to Use
Wear a daily sunscreen SPF 30 or higher while using this product.
- Bakuchiol: Derived from bakuchiol seeds, this botanical powerhouse is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory that is structurally similar to resveratrol, the active found in red wine. This concentrated combination helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size and blemishes.
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract: This active botanical helps diminish the appearance of age spots and discoloration. It harnesses powerful antioxidants to help protect the skin from free radical damage and environmental stressors.
- Green Tea Polyphenols: Provides antioxidant benefits to help brighten and neutralize sensitivities.
- Caffeine: Enhances overall antioxidant activity while helping to diminish the appearance of redness.
Isopentyldiol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Polysorbate 80, Ethoxydiglycol, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Bakuchiol, Purified Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin
Isopentyldiol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Polysorbate 80, Ethoxydiglycol, Caffeine, Camellia Sinensis (...