Thursday, 27 August 2020

MURAD Retinol Youth Renewal Serum - review

Once you reach your 30s or notice the first signs of aging, like wrinkles and loss of firmness in your skin it's important to add retinol serum to your skincare routine. Retinol is one of the few skincare ingredients proven to really work by "re-training" skin cells to work like younger ones, it improves their turnover and minimizes the breakdown of collagen. Retinol term is used loosely though as pure retinol is mostly available through your dermatologist and those "retinol" serums easily available over the counter will probably contain vitamin A (retinol) derivatives like retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinyl retinoate, and retinyl propionate which aren't as effective as retinol but are also less irritating and safer to use. You will still get desired effects, it will just take a bit longer to see them in your skin. 

I've used retinol serums for years, some gave me expected results, some not so much, I like trying new formulations as there are so many products to choose from. As I'm already in my 40s my skin needs are different than of those in their late 20s or early 30s, but I always want retinol products to be gentle on my skin. I'd rather they take longer to work then give my skin some undesired reaction, like redness, sensitivity, dry, peeling skin, often associated with retinol serums. 

Today I want to talk to you about Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum which I've been using for over 4 months and I think it's a brilliant product for anyone wanting some retinol in their skincare routine. 

MURAD Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, £75 for 30ml 

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Palmitate, C14-22 Alcohols, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Retinol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Ceramide NP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Swertia Chirata Extract, Squalane, Punica Granatum Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Cetyl Palmitate, Laureth-23, Polysorbate 20, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Tris (Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 4 (CI 14700), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Fragrance (Parfum)


"Powered by innovative Tri-Active Technology (a fast-acting retinoid, time-released retinoid and a retinol booster) this featherlight serum delivers a heavyweight punch when it comes to addressing the common concerns. From firmness to furrows and texture to tone – this breakthrough formula has a rapid impact; smoothing and softening wrinkles and boosting resilience, leaving your face (and your neck!) looking less lined and youthfully dewy. Created to deliver results without retinol’s side-effects, this non-irritating elixir is great for all skin types – just be careful if you’re prone to reactivity – and with regular use, you should notice an improvement in as little as two weeks." 

As I mentioned, I've been using this serum for a while now, every other night, as I like to alternate between my actives like retinol and acids, and I have noticed quite an improvement in how my skin looks. It's smoother, firmer, more luminous, my pores look smaller and in general, I've been very pleased with my skin, apart from the occasional breakout here and there due to hormones or too much chocolate :) 
Although like I said, my skin is used to retinoid serums, there were some in the past that irritated me but not the Murad offering. It's a very gentle formula yet effective. The serum is also really hydrating so my skin never felt dry after using it and I never had any peeling of the skin due to retinol. 

I would highly recommend the Murad Retinol serum, especially if you're new to retinol. Like with all the retinol related products, it's best to use it at night and always use facial SPF in the morning, so you won't un-do the work retinol is doing to your skin with neglecting to protect it from UV rays. 

Have you used Murad retinol products? What's your current retinol serum? 



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