Exciting news: whilst casually browsing through the shelves at my local Boots (yes, I'm that person :P) I noticed a brand new product from Indeed Labs, the makers of the much-coveted Hydraluron and Nanoblur. Naturally, I decided to Google and see if its worth my money, but found no posts on it (well, nothing that Google showed me; leave me a comment if you've already written something about it, I would love to read it). So, I decided I would give you guys a quick run-down on the product and what its claims are.
Like the name suggests: this is a retinol product claiming to have three different forms of retinol within the confines of its shiny white packaging. This, it claims will help "target the appearance of crow's feet, fine lines and wrinkles". According to the info on the Boots website, the three different forms of retinol it contains are: Retinol RA (Rapid Action), Retinol micro-spheres and Retinol (R)3. On top of this, it contains Retinol-like peptide which is supposed to provide the same benefits as retinol, without the irritation or discomfort you might experience with traditional retinol. The packaging is also different to the typical "Indeed Labs" squeezy tubes we've come to expect; this is still a squeezy tube, but with a pump attached! So hopefully there will be no more nightmares with product splattering over your clothes, something my hydraluron is determined to do- but only on days I'm running very, very late! (Why hydraluron? WHY?)
There may also be another benefit associated with this product: reduction in acne. A derivative of Vitamin A, retinol is also used in acne fighting lotions and potions. One very famous one you may know: Accutane (also known as Roaccutane). This is a very strong oral medication prescribed to those suffering with severe acne, but there is also a topical version, and several other topical retinol creams prescribed to acne sufferers. A couple of side-effects with these are: dry skin, sensitivity to light and problems with the development of a fetus. So, if you're pregnant, or looking to get pregnant, you may want to run this one (or any retinol cream) by your GP first. In terms of dryness, this serum contains at least two hydrating ingredients (glycerin and soyabean oil). But light sensitivity may still be a problem, so you may want to invest in a good morning sunscreen and be careful of lasers e.g. hair removal lasers. Of course, how effective the serum is depends on the concentration of retinol inside that lovely tube, and since that is not provided on the packaging, I guess the jury's still out about this one!
Retinol Reface is now available in stores, and on the Boots website for £19.99 for 30ml. If anyone has tried this, let me know in the comments below if you like it or not :)
Ingredients for the above product:
WATER/AQUA/EAU • DIMETHICONE • ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • CETEARYL ALCOHOL • PROPANEDIOL • CAPRYLYL METHICONE • CETYL ALCOHOL • GLYCERIN • GLYCERYL STEARATE • PENTYLENE GLYCOL • DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER • DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE • 4-T-BUTYLCYCLOHEXANOL • CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE • PEG -100 STEARATE • SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMENTHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER • ISOHEXADECANE • XANATHAN GUM • HYDROXYPINACOLONE RETINOATE • POLYSORBATE 80 • GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL • RETINOL • CARBOMER • POLYSORBATE 20 • PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE • PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7 • ACACIA SENEGAL GUM • PROPYLENE GLYCOL ALGINATE • TOCOPHEROL BUTYLENE GLYCOL • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • PHENOXYETHANOL