Made in: South Korea
What is it?: A Night Cream containing Retinal (not retinol) + Bakuchiol to reduce the look of fine lines.
What does it do?: Boost skin elasticity / help the appearance of dull skin (without irritating the skin as much as retinol).
Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types (Even those who have easily-irritable skin).
What I think: I would agree! I do think Dry Skins > Oily Skins due to this creamy emollient formula, but my Oily-Combination Skin can just about use this in the PM Winter Months as a Moisturiser.
Cruelty Free?: Yes
How long does it last after opening?: 12 Months
Packaging: The packaging itself is an airless pump container to help stop the Vitamin A from degrading (keep it as effective as possible).
Directions: Take a moderate amount and smooth over the skin. Gently pat to absorb.
How I use it: I apply this in the PM (3 Pumps for the face and neck)
Key Ingredients: 0.05% Retinal (short for: Retinaldehyde, a form of Retinoid). This only needs 1 conversion to become retinoic acid (which the skin can use). It helps with wrinkles + elasticity. Retinal is better tolerated by the skin than Retinoic Acid (aka Tretinoin) and is encouraged for Sensitive Skins to use. The Retinal is more effective in this product and the key/star ingredient, not the Bakuchiol (however Bakuchiol is a good aid to Retinal!).
- Retinol —> Retinal –> Retinoic Acid (used by the skin)
Bakuchiol: Bakuchiol is not a dupe for Retinol or AHAs/BHAs BUT it does have Anti-ageing + Anti-Acne properties
Other Key Ingredients: Niacinamide (Brightening, Antioxidant + Sebum Regulating), Cica (Soothing), 2 types of Hyaluronic Acid (Hydrating). Ceramide NP (Emollient – Fatty Ingredient), Beta-Glucan (Soothing). Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8 (soothing). Betaine (Moisturising), Tehalose + Glucose = Sugars (Hydrating). Macademia Seed Oil (Emollient – Moisturising).
Full Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Bakuchiol, Trehalose, Behenyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Glucose, Fructooligosaccharides, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinal, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Beta-Glucan, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Ceramide NP, Tocopherol, Collagen, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Dextran
NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE
Texture: Emollient, Creamy Texture (Doesn’t feel watery). Definitely a Moisturising Cream. Can feel a bit thick/heavy for oily-combo skin!
Greasy?: Oily Skins may find this greasy or those living in hot and humid weathers
- A Yellow, Opaque Cream (Most Retinoid products are yellow)
Definitely moisturising and creamy!
- When half the product is removed, you can see this creamy, shea-buttery and thick texture of this cream, that will eventually melt (like butter) into the skin and make it moisturising.
Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: No
Summer or Winter?: Oily Skins: Winter Moisturiser (Oily Skins wouldn’t enjoy any time) / Dry Skins: All year
Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free
Good Under Makeup?: Yes but this is meant to be used in the PM.
How long have I been using this?: 2-3 Months
Will I use until Completion?: Yes (as it’s getting colder/dryer. If it was getting warmer then I wouldn’t).
How Long will that take?: Another 2 Months
The Effect?: Well Moisturised Skin! Didn’t sting/itch or irritate my skin upon application. In terms of fine-lines and well ageing, with continued use, I have noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin. I’m sure if I continue, then this will also continue (must continue to maintain retinol results).
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What I like:
- Airless Pump (to help stop the Retinal from degrading too quickly)
- Fragrance + EO Free
- Didn’t irritate my skin
- Cotnains Retinal (didn’t just dpened on Bakuchiol)
What I don’t like:
- Slightly too thick (for my Oily-Combo Skin, especially in hot and humid weather)
Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4(nearly 3.9)/5 – A Moisturising, Well-ageing cream! I like that this didn’t solely depend on Bakuchiol for Fine Lines and Wrinkles, but did include Retinal to help with well-ageing, with Bakuchiol on the side to help! The texture is quite thick (especially for my Oily-Combo Skin). But it means this is a decent moisturiser for me during the cold/dry months!
Would I repurchase?:
Dupe?: The Inkey List Retinol: (Review HERE) is thinner in texture (a Gel) or the Innisfree Cica Retinol Ampoule (Review HERE), is a liquid cream. And another addition is the Kiehl’s Retinol: HERE (Also creamy, for Dry Skins).
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.
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