Lately, we have been hearing that retinol - otherwise known as vitamin A - can change the world, well, when it comes to skin. So we applied it religiously every night for two whole weeks to put it to the test.
I'm not great for following the same skincare regimen every day. Don't get me wrong, I'm a complete product junkie but I tend to greedily chop and change between brands and products all the time. This time, however, I was religious about the routine so that I would get a true result.
Murad's Retinol Youth Renewal Serum is said to be powered by Retinol Tri-Active Technology (a fast-acting Retinoid, a time-released Retinol and a Retinol booster). Retinol is one of the retinoids which are derivatives of vitamin A. Products with a lot of retinol in them can really make great changes to your skin but they can have side effects in the process. The side-effects aren't pretty, you might experience redness, burning, breakouts or dry flaking skin.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum €77.45
I am the owner of dry and sensitive skin so I was concerned about the product making my skin scalier than it already is. To prevent flaky skin I applied Clarins hydraquench moisturiser for dry skin each night on top of the serum.
Well if you look back at my skin before I started the two weeks I had visible lines forming at the corners of my mouth. My skin was dull and tired looking. The difference I can see after two weeks isn't ground-breaking but it is noticeable to me. I feel my skin is more plumped which in turn makes the lines less visible when I wear makeup. It certainly looks smoother after two weeks of using Murad. My skin is as expected - patchy and flaky but the serum is combating the deep set lines.
I would recommend this as an anti-ageing treatment. If early signs of ageing are your problem this is a worthy treatment. My advice though is that you need to push through the side effects and persevere to see the results.
Have you used vitamin A creams before? Do you notice results in your skin?