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SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 30ml

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Perfect for problematic and photo-damaged skin, Retinol 1.0 contains 1% pure retinol, the highest concentration currently available
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  • Artificial Fragrance Free
  • Sulphate Free

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Eye Concern:

  • Age Prevention
  • Deep Lines

Skin Concern:

  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • First signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily

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4.8 of 35 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Amazing!! But Not for the newbies


This is an amazing and effective retinol that has really helped make my skin amazing. It is quite strong so you really need to ease your way into this one.. love it

Most Helpful Criticism

Too intense for me


I tried this the other day and it was a bit too harsh for my sensitive skin. I am sure it would be great for those who are less sensitive though, but is a risk for the price!
  1. Amazing!! But Not for the newbies


    This is an amazing and effective retinol that has really helped make my skin amazing. It is quite strong so you really need to ease your way into this one.. love it
  2. Great retinol


    I really enjoyed this retinol. It was very effective but not as harsh as others I’ve used in the past
  3. Great results but strong


    This gives great results but it is very strong. You will need to start gradually. Peeling will also most likely occurs.
  4. It works but you need to go gradually


    I used The Ordinary first but didn't see any difference and decided to give this a try. My skin peeled lot (burned a bit as well) after the first couple of times but gets better gradually.

    Make sure you hydrate after use as well as it can dry out the skin.
  5. Obsessed


    The stronger the better I say! This is amazing but be careful... depending on your skin don’t use this too often as you skin can flake! I love this and it makes my skin look so radiant and smooth!
  6. Best Retinol Ever!!!


    This is the only retinol I’ve used that has made a big difference to my skin. Did make my skin peel initially. I would recommend starting off with 0.5 if you haven’t used retinol before as this one is stroooong!! Worth the price!


    My skin is so soft and smooth!
    All the crud in my skin has come to the surface and super easy to remove with safe extraction.
    First time I also peeled like other users, but I did use a lot of it without other skin products. Haven't peeled since.
    Results were the best I've experienced over any other retanoid/retanol product, including prescription types!
  8. Goodie


    I was using the ordinary retinoids and didn’t notice anything so I jumped to this. I peeled ever so slightly after the first use but nothing since. I use twice a week after using the aspect fruit enzyme mask and have a nice glow and reduced lines after 2 months of use. Make sure to hydrate +++ after use
  9. Best retinol product on the market


    This is by far the most effective retinol product you can buy over the market. I’ve done a lot of research to find the strongest store bought retinol and this is the one. I’ve recommended it to many friends and they can’t get over how strong it is. Definitely worth the $$
  10. Really works!


    I have been using this product for a year now and I have to say it really does what it says. My acne scarring has softened and pigmentation also faded. It also tightened skin and I have also noticed skin texture a lot smoother. Highly recommended!
  11. Too intense for me


    I tried this the other day and it was a bit too harsh for my sensitive skin. I am sure it would be great for those who are less sensitive though, but is a risk for the price!
  12. Hardcore but effective


    Don't use this if you've never used retinol before, as it is rather strong. But if your skin is used to it, this has got to be the best retinol out there. Leaves skin so polished and youthful. I couldn't live without it!
  13. It works!


    My skin is resistant to treatments and this makes me peel!!! I have used many brands and I always come back to this one! If anyone knows anything stronger, let me know. But then again this product has not failed me when I want results. If you can put up with the peeling and just try to lightly exfoliate the dead skin in the morning and a good moisturiser and foundation, you should be able to cover the shredding of skin. If it is too strong, just mix it down with a moisturiser. I always start from the higher percentages of retinol as then I can work down, rather than buy them too weak and they don’t work at all. But I’d have had various treatments before and use to retinol, this one is the go!
  14. Best Retinol on the market


    I have dry/combo skin and I have pigmentation from roasting in the sun as a teenager. And some wrinkles that I really wish were not there! I brought this product on the suggestion of a friend. I have tried a few retinol products by other brands in the past and had some very unpleasant side effects that really turned me off retinol. My friend suggested this product as she said it was worth the cost and she got great results in treating her pigmentation and sun damage. She was right. My pigmentation has diminished and my wrinkles have softened.

    I would recommend the product to anyone who has similar concerns to me.
  15. Great skincare


    This product helps keep my fine lines at bay and my face is not breaking out as much anymore. It has also helped reduce my cystic acne which I am very happy about. If you are looking for a fantastic retinol or anti ageing product, definitely include this in your skincare and you'll reap the benefits
  16. The best retinol to date


    Hey guys, this little tube is so worth it. I saw a couple of reviews online and was debating whether or not it would be worth it for the cost and I’m so glad I bit the bullet.

    I have very oily skin, lots of acne scaring and some fine lines beginning to form. I’ve used five or six different retinol formulations (between 1%-5%) and this has outshon them all. The results weren’t instant but over the last three or so months my skin tone has balanced out across my cheeks and forehead and my acne scarring is becoming less and less visible by the week. I will admit that I had some standard “retinol peeling” around my nose for the first month or two (nothing dramatic) but if you are a daily makeup wearer I’d recommend trying a lower strength 0.5 first and maybe to apply every second day.

    I’m so excited to see the results in another three months and will definitely purchase again.
  17. Quality not quantity


    After using this retinol for 2 weeks with the B12 I can say that this is the best retinol cream I have used. Skinceuticals is an expensive brand but if it gives me results then I am a happy customer. My skin is definitely better off so much brighter and pigmentation is almost faded. I definitely recommend trying of course with the 0.5 for first time users.
  18. Vitamin A+

    Forever Young

    As a dermal therapist I am all about results and Skinceuticals is a brand I trust. Retinol is scientifically proven to rejuvenate this skin. It promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production. It's the no.1 product I recommend to my clients with concerns about skin texture. A++
  19. Retinol


    Really good retinol cream, surpasses my expectations.
  20. Favourite Retinol Product


    I have tried and tested numerous retinol creams, and this is by far my favourite! It has been combating the scarring left from my normal and cystic acne, without any pain at all! I was spending all my money on "peels" and later treatments, and to be honest I have found this to be just as effective. I use a dermal roller (skin needling) prior to applying my retinol 1.0, and I found it has made it even more effective.. there has actually been a reduction in the severity and length of my acne. Woo!
  21. Liquid gold!


    This is my favourite Retinol product!

    My skin (sensitive) feels amazing every single time I use it, feeling smooth, firmer, and with a noticeable reduction of fine lines (especially on the forehead).

    Also worth mentioning is the packaging - The tube is perfect as it protects the active ingredients (very little exposure) and makes it very easy to avoid wastage (you know when bad packaging makes you waste product? Yes, not here).

    I highly recommend it - but you might want to start with 0.5 one to prepare your skin.

  22. Very Highly Recommend


    I suffered from constant breakouts in my thirties right through to my late forties and tried everything and nothing worked... until this product. My skin is now clear!! No more breakouts, my skin is smoother, the retinol has completely faded all of my red marks from previous breakouts, my complexion brighter it’s an all round skin saver. You do have to ease into it, gradually increasing the number of days applying it, and I did have some itchiness at first but after a few weeks this has all gone. I now get compliments on my skin and for the first time in my life am comfortable without makeup. A lifesaver.
  23. Retinol


    This is the best retinol product I have ever used, I tried the 0.5 first and now I'm using the 1.0. Fantastic product I will definitely repurchase.
  24. Fantastic


    This is the best retinol product I have ever used and trust me I have used so many different brands. The quality of the retinol is just another level, other brands may increase skin cell turnover and make my skin look brighter but this is the only brand which I have used where I have seen:

    1. A reduction in the fine lines on my face.
    2. Reduction in pigmentation.
    3. Smaller pore sizes.

    I did peel from this product (but that is the point of it) and all you do when you start to peel is reduce the frequency with which you apply it. I went from every night to 3 x weekly. It is a normal side effect and is easily manageable. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone looking for an anti-ageing product.
  25. Love it


    I bought this after years literally years of humming and hawing about It. Im so sorry I didn't buy it sooner. After one use my skin was clearer. I have used it for a few months now and noticed improvement on my forhead lines, frown lines. I did buy the 1% first would recommend using the lower strenght first. I can only use it twice a week. If I purchased the lower strenght built up as recommend I could use it more regular. I have my four sisters and SIL using it now too. They love it best money we ever spent.
  26. Incredible


    I have combination skin with acne scarring and pigmentation from sun damage. I purchased this to try and combat the scars and pigmentation, and so far it has been incredible. I have noticed a huge difference in the overall appearance and texture of my skin. This is a lot better quality than other retinols i have purchased, and you definitely get what you pay for! I cannot recommend this enough, well worth the price
  27. High quality


    This is a really high quality retinol from an amazing skincare brand,
    this has helped so many issues I had with my skin, mostly the texture and blemishes! my skin feels so plump and smooth since using this :)
  28. Best retinol


    I’ve used this for years now as it’s probably the most effective OTC retinol product on the market. I’ve had dramatic results in texture and overall skin tone. I’m not troubled by fine lines, but I’m convinced I’d have more if it weren’t for this. This is quite strong so I’d warn to start with small amounts every 2nd or third day, and use loads of sun protection!
  29. It does refine your skin


    I purchased this product without any advice from the Adore Beauty online chat room, I just did a search and read the information, then I Google searched Reviews. I was wary of purchasing the 1.0, as I typically have sensitive skin & was worried about breakouts. Using it every second day has most definitely refined my skin & I haven't had any breakouts whatsoever!

    I'm almost 47 and I often get told that I look 35 & not old enough to have three adult children. Honestly, the trick to not ageing too quickly is to not drink, smoke, take drugs, or spend too much time in the sun. Always keep your skin clean & moisturised daily, and gently exfoliated every other day. A little helping hand from these wonderful products never goes astray.
  30. It really turns back time!


    I am 42 and have been investing in skin care a lot over the past year, including professional peels and found that nothing was giving me lasting results to reduce fine lines, irregular skin tone, scarring, pimples and loss of skin tone.

    I started to research and saw that Wayne Goss had returned to using Retin A. I then watched Mellissa55 on Youtube and was utterly blown away by her incredibly youthful skin at 61 after 28 years of using Retin A and Retinol.

    I decided to commit and because I have been using the Ordinary's retinoids for over 6 months started with the stronger cream Skinceuticals Pure Retinol 1.0 because this product is recommended by Melissa55.

    I have been using the product daily for 3 weeks. I have had the occasional rest day when my skin was painful, and/or buffered the cream with squalane oil. I decided to use the cream as much as I could tolerate to push through the "retinol uglies". As recommended I am applying the cream around the eyes and down the throat and rubbing it vigorously into clean dry skin in the evening, especially into "problem areas", like the side of my forehead that has the most sun damage from driving.

    I am posting now at 3 weeks because I have made it through the uglies (for now) and my skin is showing incredible improvement. It actually looks like it did 6 years ago. I am most amazed by the "lift" around my eyes, the reduction in my frown lines, the over all improvement in tone and texture. I look in the mirror and it really looks like "me again". I guess that is one of the big struggles with aging, is we look in the mirror and suddenly it seems to be someone else's face. The other issue I had was that I would get a pimple and because my cell reproduction had slowed down it would stay for 6 weeks and then scar and the scar take 6 months to fade.

    Ok, a bit about the rough times. I found my skin became incredibly sensitive and dry and would sting if I put any creams on it that were acidic. That included some sunscreen so I have been wearing hats, sunglasses, scarves and staying out of the sun as much as possible.

    My saviors has been Weleda gentle cleansing cream, fresh aloe vera from the plant, and mostly the Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F which is basically squalane oil with Vitamin C in it. I have slathered this on up to 4 times a day, sometimes skipping washing my face at all. I imagine that rosehip oil or plain squalane would be just as soothing. I used the Vitamin C because I had it to hand, it has never caused me any discomfort and Marie Veronique is one of the most scientific and informative sites online and their retinol product is mixed with vitamin c and oil to make it more gentle and effective. Mellisa55 also combines her retinol use with Vitamin c but uses it separately in the morning only.

    My skin was for about 4 days, red, inflamed, blotchy. it was like every hidden blemish and wrinkle came to the fore! Sometimes my skin ached like it had been burnt. Someone told me that I'm looked "90" , I definitely looked 15 years older. The worst days for me were somewhere between day 6 and day 10 of using the cream. There was no way in million year I could have worn makeup. I just endured looking hag like, most people dont care or notice. One caring person asked if I had been crying, or had allergies. No-one else commented at all.

    My research states that the best results are to be seen after 6 months regular use of Retinol. I highly recommend this product! I also highly recommend combining it with an oil, it is incredible how my "new skin" is just drinking in the squalane oil, which soothes, reduces the dryness and any irritation and massaging in the oil, acts as a gentle slough to remove any flaking.
  31. Slightly flaky skin but works a treat!


    Yes, this like any other retinoid does make your skin a bit flaky, however it also tightens your pores, softens your skins and refines the overall appearance of your skin. I pop it on at night after my shower, a tiny pea sized amount is all you need. In the morning I wake up to slightly shedding skin, however I give my skin a light exfoliation with some gauze soaked in warm water and then layer my Vitamin C and B serums. The B rehydrated so well that you wouldn't even know I was peeling that morning.
  32. Best skin product I've ever used


    I have PCOS and really struggle with oily congested skin. Make up never look nice because of the bumps and congestion on my chin and jaw line. I didn't think this product would help because I'd already had professional peels and laser. I was wrong! It worked. After a week I have a small about of peeling and my skin was a little red and itchy but 6 days on the congestions is finding it's way to the surface and a number of areas on my skin are smooth and fresh. Fantastic for those black heads that are tough to move. I'm so happy, I'd given up hope.
  33. effective


    I am 52 & have used .5% retinol for a while so decided to try the 1% it is much stronger & actually burned my neck the first time I used it so beware if you haven't used it before use very sparingly & follow directions, but it is a good product. My skin is a lot smoother after only a couple of weeks use.
  34. Amazing. Takes a while and a bit of pain, but totally worth it.


    I'm close to 30 and wanted to start on OTC retinol as I noticed I was looking older than I really am. It's been 6 weeks since I started using this product (every three days) and it's been worth it. First 4 weeks saw lots of peeling and pimples, but it went away and I'm left with skin that not only looks younger, but doesn't require make up. Recommending to all my friends.
  35. The best over the counter skin care product for anti-aging and acne prone skin


    I am in my mid forties (eek) and have suffered from acne/pimples my whole life. I have tried every over the counter product available including pro active.

    Retin A has mad a HUGE difference to my skin. I will never be with out it! Start with 0.5 percent Retin A, then move up to 1%. My skin, glows looks healthier and im getting complements from friends. I started using once a week at night (your skin will peel after a couple of days) then twice a week, now I use every other night. A little goes a long way! I use St Ives Face scrub with Salicyc Acid, every other morning to help remove any flaky skin and that works well. I just use Cetaphyl to remove makeup. On my alternate nights i just use Akin Rose Hip oil - which i now absolutely love.

    My skin is so soft and clear, and because of this i can get away with a much lighter foundation - so happy! Thankyou Skin Ceuticals!!! Best kept secret around!

    Thats it! - all my top beauty secrets.

    Have been using for 4 months now.
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