Supercharged age-defying retinol serum / 1 oz full size
Marie Veronique told us that she created her Gentle Retinol Night Serum to provide the same effects as a prescription product (0.5 to 1% Retin-A) without the irritation and questionable preservatives. To which we replied, “Where has this formula been all our lives? We’ll take tons of it. Tons.”
As you may know, we adore retinol — which, like Retin-A, is a derivative of Vitamin A. It has decades of data to attest to its safety and powerful effects, which include smoother and more radiant skin, unplugged pores, improved elasticity and firmness, less hyperpigmentation, fewer breakouts, and even the reversal of sun damage. Basically, it’s magic.
BUT/AND more recent studies show how Vitamins A, C and E work together to support superior collagen-building and antioxidant effects. Marie Veronique’s formula combines a whopping 7% microencapsulated retinol with anhydrous (very stable) Vitamin C; Vitamin E; and a heap of sodium salicylate, a powerful anti-inflammatory, for remarkable results without irritation. And, like all of Marie’s formulas, it’s as clean as a non-toxic whistle can be.
Note of clarification: Retinol is the safe Vitamin A derivative — not to be confused with retinyl palmitate, which should not be used in the presence of UV, or isotretinoin, which dermatologists prescribe for severe acne.
How to Use
Not recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers, or anyone who finds it too irritating. Please use sunscreen daily, as retinoid products can increase sun sensitivity.
- Isododecane: Stabilized form of l-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 3%.
- Photoaging Repair Complex: Proprietary microencapsulated resveratrol and superoxide dismutase (SOD) provide a powerful antioxidant boost.
- Sodium salicylate: A powerful anti-inflammatory that allows use of a therapeutic amount of retinol 7% without causing undue irritation, making it safe for sensitive skin.
- Ceramide complex: Key component of top layer of skin, prevents moisture loss, keeps skin soft and supple.
Camellia sinensis (green & white tea) infusion, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) hydrosol, encapsulated retinol (7%), Leucidal (leuconostoc/radish root ferment), Populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, Argania spinosa (argan) oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) seed oil, Rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil, glycerin, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), xanthan gum, saccharomyces/xylitum (kombucha) tincture, niacinamide, beta glucan, sodium salicylate, ceramide complex, non-GMO sunflower lecithin, n-acetyl glucosamine, Isododecane (stabilized l-ascorbic acid), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin, idebenone, Photo Repair Complex (superoxide dismutase, resveratrol)
Essential oils: Citrus aurantium (neroli), Daucus carota (carrot) seed, Curcuma longa (turmeric), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), Rosa damascene (rose), Cistus ladanifer (cistus), Boswellia carterii (frankincense)
Camellia sinensis (green & white tea) infusion, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) hydrosol, enc...
“It isn't going to strip the skin of its barrier oils and make it vulnerable, but you still get the benefits of vitamin A: increased collagen and cellular turnover, and decreased inflammation.”