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Help prevent the signs of ageing with Skinstitut Retinol, a high-intensity serum used to smooth skin and promote cell renewal. Retinol, also known as vitamin A, is a powerful nutrient which helps to increase collagen and elastin production, leaving skin looking firmer, clearer and with a more even skin tone.

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Most Helpful Positive

Amazing

Holly

Great retinol by Skinstitut, it's powerful yet afforadble I have been purchasing for years and will continue to do so, it really refines my skin and helps clear any breakouts! I also love how quickly it dries.

Most Helpful Criticism

Good for first time retinol user

Mel

I think this product is a good retinol starting point, I’m not sure I have personally noticed much of a difference on my skin as yet but it is a nice texture and feels nice on the skin.
  1. Good for first time retinol user

    Mel

    I think this product is a good retinol starting point, I’m not sure I have personally noticed much of a difference on my skin as yet but it is a nice texture and feels nice on the skin.
  2. amazing

    raz

    It is very hydrating as it penetrates deeply into the skin and leaves a lovely scent afterwards
  3. Amazing

    Holly

    Great retinol by Skinstitut, it's powerful yet afforadble I have been purchasing for years and will continue to do so, it really refines my skin and helps clear any breakouts! I also love how quickly it dries.
  4. Wake up to clear skin

    Nay nay

    I have been using this product for a few years now (originally bought and recommended in salon) adore beauty always has it available much cheaper! This lightweight retinol serum has really helped my acne and scarring, I wake up with clear skin every time I use it! Gentle enough for daily use,doesn't cause irritation or peeling yet definitely reveals clearer younger looking skin..whenever I feel a breakout happening I use this to really stop it in its tracks and heal any marks, great product it's one of my holy grails for a reason
  5. Value for money

    Zionacindy

    My skin starts to peel mildly after about 3-4 days of application. And after that my face will start to glow and look more radiant. I use it every 2 weeks. In between these days I would apply Skinstitut Even Blend. Both products. Work perfectly well together to reduce my laugh lines!
  6. Would recomment

    Claire

    I have just got into retinol products this year to help combat my acne. I have loved this skinstitut product, it is a soothing product and leaves my skin feeling soft, light and i am noticing my skin becoming clearer.
  7. LOVE this serum!

    Ella

    I absolutely love this serum, I currently need to replace it!! I am 25, and it has been fantastic for both my oily, acne-prone skin, but also those fine lines and pigmentation that are starting to appear for me. Love using it at night, my skin always feels amazing in the morning after using. Skin is that bit tighter, smoother, more supple and even toned. Product has a slight smell to it, however from my own knowledge I think retinol can be a bit on the smelly side and this isn't unpleasant by any means. For what I paid for it and what it says it does, I am very happy and it definitely stood up to my expectations! Best serum I have found so far for my combo/oily/break out prone skin.
  8. Fantastic results!

    Nikki

    My main problem is blackheads and large pores. I have used many different brands/products over the years (Dermalogica, La Roche Posay, Alpha-H, Neutrogena etc.). I was a little sceptical to try Skinstitut at first, and was worried it would be another product that does little. However, I am pleasantly surprised at just how good this product is! I have noticeable results overnight; far fewer blackheads, smaller pores, great fresh feeling. It feels light on the skin, and dries quickly. GREAT RESULTS FAST!
  9. Incredible!

    Jackie

    This retionol is amazing, such good value for money too! Saw such a huge improvement in my skin even after my first use
  10. Strong Retinol

    Kaity

    Really great strong retinol, very nice smelling formula that also feels hydrating and has helped my skin repair quite well mixed along with the vitamin c powder
  11. Amazing so far

    Lexy

    This product has been a god send for me. I was recently experiencing a lot of large blind pimples all over my face. After using this for just a couple of days, they have completely calmed down and most of them have shrunk to nothing. It reduces redness and feels nice on the skin and dries quickly. Will definitely be repurchasing.
  12. Love this Retinol!

    Jessica

    This is a wonderful retinol if you are just starting out with actives or have sensitive skin. I use this product after double cleansing and misting around 3 times a week. You could definitely build up to using it nightly but I like to alternate it with other active serums in the evening. This product is thick for a serum, it feels and acts more like a think moisturiser. I still follow it up with the Skinstitut Moisture Defence Normal to keep my skin hydrated overnight. It is a pale yellow colour and has a slightly funny scent that is hard to describe but doesn't linger on the skin. Be sure to cleanse in the morning after using a Retinol and always apply SPF. Like all the Skintutut range, this product is super affordable without compromising efficacy. The texture of my skin is always smoother the next after using the Skintitut Retinol. Highly recommend!
  13. Swear by it!

    J

    One of the best products from the skinstitut range. Does everything’s it says it will do and even better a little amount goes a long way! I use this at night time only.
  14. Helped a lot with acne

    Joel

    Helps with acne and ageing but sometimes made my skin a little irritated which is annoying! But I love it still.
  15. Affordable and works wonders

    Tamara

    As someone who battles oily skin and the acne/scarring that comes with it, retinol is my saving grace every night.
    Since beginning a regime of micros/chemical peels and the works, I can comfortably use retinol every night to help keep big bumps at bay. Definitely start off every 2/3rd night if your skin isn’t used to active ingredients as it is potent! For the price, it’s a great purchase.
  16. great value

    Cammy

    a great retinol for sensitive skin that is also very budget friendly
  17. Overnight Saviour

    Tegan

    I am prone to regular break outs on my chin and this product is fantastic at making spots disappear overnight. I was warned that I would experience an initial "purge" stage when starting on this product, however my skin did not react that way! It has been helpful from the start
  18. Best product in the range

    Skinsitut fan gal

    The best product in the entire range!! Skin has never felt better. A small bit of product goes a long way!!
  19. My skin is much clearer

    TiaIsabella

    I've been using this retinol for a few weeks now. I apply this every second or third night and have noticed a great difference in my skin. The cream is soft and absorbs nicely into the skin leaving it bright and clear the following morning.
  20. Love this

    charlottee

    This combined with the derma roller is amazing!!!!
  21. Pigment power house

    Leelee

    I have been using the retinol serum with Skinstitut vitamin c at night for six months. My pigmentation has visibly improved. My skin is radiant every morning and my skin tone has improved.
  22. Good basic retinol

    Sarah

    This is an easy to use, entry level retinol product which performs well. It doesn’t take long to dry and soaks into the skin well. I mix with a vitamin c powder and under night cream, and apply 2 or 3 times a week before bed.

    It’s not super strong which is good for me as I spend a lot of time in the sun due to where I live, so I make sure I’m always wearing spf 50 and i’ve Had no skin sensitivity.
  23. Love this!

    Christina

    This is such a great retinol cream/serum. I use it every second night, and so far no irritation at all.
    It keeps my pores minimised and works a treat for keeping blemishes away. A good source of vitamin A without being overly harsh.
    Again, like most Skinstitut products it's affordable and works just as well as the expensive versions. Will certainly buy again!
  24. Skin changer

    Beth

    My skin is very dry with large pores and lots of blackheads in the t-zone area. I've just started using the Retinol every second night, along with other Skinstitut products, and have already seen a difference in the size of my pores and overall skin condition is smoother. Will keep using and hopefully see even more dramatic results over time!
  25. Amazing!!

    Rachelle H

    This is the best product by far. I use it up to 3-4 times a week in my nighttime routine and I wake up the next morning with brighter and clearer skin every time! It's my go to when I have any breakouts because I feel like it really treats them and leave the skin looking clean and fresh.
  26. Saved my skin

    Ebony

    I’ve had a long love and hate relationship with this. After awhile of slowly building up my tolerance it’s really cleared my skin up
  27. Smooth

    Yun

    I have see this product for quite some time and have certainly noticed some improvement to my skin. Definitely repurchase.
  28. Good product

    Stace

    Use this every few nights a week and do like the feel when I use it. Haven't noticed big changes (might need to increase how often I use now that I'm used to a retinol) but my skin feels and looks fresh the next morning.
  29. Efective!

    Camila

    I have been using this product for at least 1 year and it has always given me good results. I use it at night, and times per week. You can see the results the next morning, the skin is soft, firm and the pores look smaller. totally recommended!
  30. Smoothes, repairs and loves my skin

    Skin Queen

    I love this stuff! It goes on every night, and since using it, I have had less breakouts, more superficial blemishes, and a general improvement in skin tone and texture. It is light and absorbs into my skin well, and I personally love the smell. The only improvement I could suggest is perhaps having it in a more accessible container, as it is hard to get the last little bits out without having to cut the tube in half! I will keep using this for a long time yet!
  31. affordable and effective

    Lucy

    I use this retinol product with moisturiser before I go to bed. I feel like the results are obvious when I wake up looking refreshed and hydrated.
  32. Everyone needs a retinol

    Caitlin

    I've been using retinols for years now and after a while I wanted a more affordable retinol that still performed as well as my more expensive retinol purchases. I am so happy that this is so affordable and it is just as good as the $100+ retinols I was using. So it definitely performs and delivers the same goodness to my skin. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a great product with a great price point.
  33. Works wonders for skin renewal!

    Dragana

    Have been using this product for a couple of months now and have certainly noticed a renewed quality to my skin. Smell isn't overpowering. Small packaging, wish more came in it!
  34. The best treatment for uneven texture/scarring

    Emily

    yeesss, I love skinstitut's retinol. I had hormonal acne for a while and whilst I have cleared that up I have some residual scarring and uneven texture, just a week in to this I can already see a difference. it is a great addition to the skincare routine for anti-ageing aswell. do yourself a favour and try this!
  35. Ok

    Florencia

    It has a good consistency that dries really quickly but I hate the smell and the packaging. Probably I will not buy again
  36. Actually works!!!!

    Safiea

    I felt a difference the first time i used this and saw a difference the secnd time. Love their range
  37. Great very effective product!

    gaby

    I've been using this for 6 weeks and it works so well in reducing fine lines and making my skin appear clearer. Mix with vitamin c powder for more enhanced effect on the skin. I use the Retinol serum 1-2 times per week.
  38. Not a game changer

    Catherine

    I have emptied 3 bottles of this and i even added the vitamin C from this range but i never see any changes. The bottle is small and it only lasted me for a month. I did try to like this product but never see any changes so i always give it a go but this time i am not buying it again..
  39. Magic!

    Bec

    Best addition to my skin care routine. I use every night before bed and wake up with the softest skin. My pores have reduced heaps. Stings for about 5 second but other then that it’s perfect
  40. Works well

    Isabel

    This retinol serum works well in my daily skincare routine. It feels nice on the face and keeps my skin nice and soft.
  41. great addition to my skin care routine

    Tina

    I’ve just started using this in my skin care routine and so far i’m liking the change in my skins appearance, i’m 46 and wish i started using this years ago. i use it every second night with no problems so far, . I use the alpha h liquid gold on alternative night and use vit c serum the mornings and this seems to work for my skin. , just ordered the anti aging kit in this brand and looking forward to seeing the results from the use of all products. i also apply Simple moisturiser on top of retinol after about an hour this seems to stop my skin drying out from the retinol. would highly recommend if you have aging, pigmented skin as i’m already seeing my freckles slightly fading after a short time using this product, so looking forward to long term use results.
  42. Great Product!

    Courtney

    Great very effective product! Mix with vitamin c powder for more enhanced effect on the skin. I use the Retinol serum 1-2 times per week. I apply it at night before bed and the next morning my skin is always healthy and glowing. It also plumps any fine lines/wrinkles out of the skin.
  43. Is it good ?

    marta

    I have been using this product for a few weeks. I can't say that it's bad because it doesn't sting or anything. Does it do anything in the long run? So far I haven't noticed a difference but maybe I need to keep using and see. I like the packaging but sometimes it leaks when you open it
  44. Visible improvement in 2 weeks

    El

    This retinol serum works so well in reducing fine lines and making my skin appear clearer. Expect to purge for a couple of weeks, that just means the retinol is working! This product will always be a staple in my skincare regimen.
  45. Excellent produce for ageing skin

    Emma

    Have been using for around 6 weeks and can see a huge improvement in my skin tone and less breakouts.
  46. Pretty good

    Fleur

    I find this pretty good for my skin, it helps clear and plumps my skin
  47. Amazing retinol

    Natasha

    Hands down, the best retinol available. I rediscovered this product recently and don't know why I stopped using it. Will continue to use and repurchase.
  48. Good retinol

    Alana

    I use this every second night. My skin looks nice in the morning afterwards. I think my skin texture has improved as well. Great price too
  49. Great!

    Jade

    I use this every second night with vitamin C powder and I have found that it has reduced my breakouts
  50. Affordable and works!

    Bethany

    I love the skinstitut range and this retinol cream is brilliant. Great price, my skin can be really sensitive to certain products but I have never had a reaction with this cream. My skin feels clearer and more radiant using this.
  51. Less fine lines

    Marnie

    I’ve been using Retinol for about 6 months and feel that I have less fine lines. I can’t turn back the age clock but by using Retinol I feel that I am definitely slowing it down.
  52. No. 1 fan of Skinstitut Retinol

    Linda

    I am 54 and have been using Skinstitut Retinol for over two years and found this vitamin A product an invaluable tool to target fine lines. Always ensure you use sunscreen while using retinol in order to reap the benefits... a definite must have and winner!
  53. Good step up from The Ordinary Retinol

    Marlia

    I purchased this as I needed a good step-up in terms of strength of retinol from The Ordinary range I was using.
    Retinol in general is quite drying on my skin, so I was using this every 3rd night with moisturiser and Vitamin C and has been working quite the treat, even with my dry skin.
    Just don't over-do it!
  54. Excellent product

    Jessie

    Since beginning to use this product I have noticed an improvement in my skins texture and it has reduced my breakouts, I find it to be a excellent product. It is a great price point and lasts ages. Welcome addition to any skin care routine.
  55. Plump skin

    Naomi

    This is great after cleansing, makes my skin feel so plump and dewy afterward
  56. Good serum

    Tara

    This has helped keep spots away and gives my skin a nice glow
  57. Bought this for my mum and she loves it

    Danielle

    This is my mums first retinol product and she is really liking it! Bonus that it was on sale when I purchased it for her also.
  58. Satisfied

    Rachel

    This product has made my skin a lot more radiant, smoother and has reduced some fine lines!
  59. Results!!!

    jacqui

    Finally a product that really works! I’ve only been using this for the last 5 days every 2nd night but I feel like every time I use it I wake to clearer, brighter, smoother skin - just love this stuff! Only down side is it is quite drying
  60. Great product

    katie

    I use retinol for my cystic acne this one is super affordable and works well for the price
  61. Happy I found this product

    Jessica

    I noticed a difference in my hormonal acne after just 2 uses. It is very drying though.
  62. Best I’ve used

    JW1509

    I used this retinol as recommended by my beauty therapist. It improved the pigmentation of my skin and evened out the skin surface. The bottle lasted months. When I ran out, I thought I’d try a different brand. I wish I hadn’t, because it has very minimal effect compared to the Skinstitut retinol. Will definitely be purchasing this one again in future.
  63. Skinstitut Retinol

    Polly

    Have seen an improvement with my skin especially reducing my pore size. This is one of the stronger retinols you can buy. I use it every other night.
  64. Great Product

    Courtney

    This serum has really improved the texture and pigmentation in my skin. It can be a little sensitive to use at first, so ease into it. Well worth the price point!
  65. Helped with acne

    Lachlan

    Yeah this has worked alright for me. I don’t know if I should be using it as frequently as I do, because I have had a few reactions. Other than that it’s helped my acne a lot. Which I’m very happy about!!
  66. Amazing serum

    Alycia

    This was the first product with retinol and haven't stopped using for 2 years.
    It keeps my skin so fresh and great for acne prone skin like myself.
    Only thing I can fault is that it can be a little drying on existing dry patches.
    Apart from that its great as an evening serum along with other moisturisers
  67. Great product for acne

    Anju

    I really love this product. I started using on march 2019. I can really say that it has made a huge difference on my skin on my acne and acne marks . I am on my second tube at this moment.
  68. Has really helped my acne!

    Laurel

    I've been struggling on and off with acne for a long time and I think I've finally found a solid cure in retinol. This one is amazing. I recommend patch testing first, as retinol can be quite intense when you first start using it.
  69. Bomb!

    Anisha

    I had bought this product along with the micropeel a year ago and I didn't have any acne issues, and didn't take this seriously. Cut to now: I have had hormonal acne and scarring and did some research and brought it out of my drawers. My skin is living again, the pimples have slowed down within 2 weeks of using it. Scarring is fading( although still there). I mix this with the vitamin c powder that I just bought and skin feels so fresh. There is something these products do for sure, I can't pin point what! I am happy, although I do have to wait to see all scarring to go.
  70. Improved skin pigmentation.

    Brooke

    I have combination skin and acne when i was younger so I have lots of acne scars. This helped my skin heal after micro-needling treatment and it also reduced my pigmentation as well. The only reason I give this product 4 stars is because there is a burning, hot sensation after I apply it.
  71. Fantastic for pigmentation....it truly works!

    Michelle

    Skinstitut retinol lives up to its claims. My pigmentation has disappeared within 4 weeks. Definitely will continue to buy this product because it works, it's great value and Australian made!
  72. Amazing!!!!

    Kyra

    This has change my skin dramatically. I apply every second night with the Skinstitut vitamin c. My skin looks more even, brighter and clearer. A must have for me!
  73. Perseverance

    Alicia

    I have been using this product for about a month and have noticed a huge difference in the texture and pigmentation on my cheeks. At night I mix in the skinstitut vitamin c powder.
  74. ride or die

    Giovanna

    this healed my acne spots so quickly and made my skin so smooth
  75. Kept my skin clear

    Nicole

    I used this retinol every second night until the bottle was empty and definitely found an improvement in my skin tone and texture. I was breaking out a lot less when I was using this product regularly and will repurchase
  76. It works

    Lisa

    I have been using this retinol every night for a month and I already noticed my acne scars and pigmentation has faded. Love the results and will definitely repurchase.
  77. noticeably improved skin

    Jamie

    I've been using this for about 6 weeks and my skin is noticeably better, a lot less dull and has a glow to it. Will buy again :)
  78. My go to!

    Elle

    I love this product so much!

    I have bad hormonal acne, I turned to the skinsitute scrub in conjunction with this retinol serum and have never looked back.

    I use this product twice a day.

    I noticed a difference in my skin within 14 days.
  79. Amazing

    Kaylah

    Love the brand, love this product. Easy to apply, doesn’t feel sticky or too heavy. Has a lovely, subtle scent and truly works wonders for my skin.
  80. Love this! Skin feels amazing

    Kate

    This product is really really good for a weekly treatment before bed to keep your skin soft and clear. Been using it for over a year to minimise my scars and they’ve faded a lot! Only thing is, the liquid over time has gone a strange consistency that has sort of melted so when you squeeze it out it is messy.
  81. Love this

    Donna

    I’m 45 with sun damaged skin fair skin and I feel this makes a noticeable difference to my skin. Makes it smoother and fine lines are less noticeable. I use it every nite with skinstinuit vit c powder and I add a drop or 2 of face oil to it and it’s perfect. I think you have to build up to using it each nite...
  82. Good

    Sarah

    This product has helped clear some of my light acne scars and it leaves my skin looking smooth. I only use this a few days a week though as it can be a bit harsh on the skin
  83. Love it

    Tegan

    Have been using this for almost 6 months now. Noticed that my pigmentation and acne scars are less noticeable and my face and fine lines are generally filled out. Also the texture is nice and hydrating. Use this with the vitamin c powder and it’s a winner!
  84. Immediate effects!!

    Melissa

    I have been using the Skinstitut retinol only for a couple of weeks alternate nights with TO Vit C and my skin is already brighter and fuller with each use. It does sometimes feel a little itchy so I would recommend only using a couple of times a week until your skin adapts but overall am very impressed.
  85. Great product

    Jessica

    Have been using this for over a year and it’s great for acne prone skin! Not too sure if it really fades or helps with acne scarring but definitely helps clear the skin up
  86. Smooth Silky Skin

    Alissa

    Love the texture and smell of this!
    It has really helped the texture of my skin however I do think it my not be as strong as some other options out there. I kind of like that however it is comforting to my skin and pares well with a less frequent intensive treatment.
  87. Good retinol product!!

    Emily

    I’ve used a few different retinol products and this is one of my favourites. I have oily skin and some minor breakouts which this helps with a lot! Keeps my skin nice and smooth!
  88. Amazing

    Rhi

    Integral part of my night routine - I use it under the ASAP night cream on alternating nights to Alpha-H Liquid Gold.
    Keeps my skin clear and fresh, and seems to be helping with pigmentation.
  89. So far so good!

    Emily

    I've only been using this serum for a few weeks, slowly building myself up to get my skin used to it but so far I'm really happy with it! I've noticed on the nights I use this serum the next morning my skin looks much clearer and feels much smoother, so i'm looking forward to seeing what continued use produces! Love Skinstitut I haven't found a product of theirs I dont love
  90. It's no ride or die, but nice enough!

    Rebecca

    I have oily, acne prone skin and this did help to settle blemishes a little bit. The formula is a light gel and has a natural, botanical smell. It's comfortable on the skin and dries down quite well without being too sticky. I found that if I used it night after night, my skin got a little bit irritated so I would stick to the recommended 2-3 uses per week. I did notice that when I woke up the next day after applying, I was considerably more oily than normal. Overall, not bad for a retinol and I definitely noticed that it calmed down redness and seemed to help blemishes heal more quickly. It didn't stop the acne, but helped to even my complexion and stopped my skin from looking so angry. After a month of regular use to test it out, I don't find myself reaching for the Skinstitut Retinol regularly but I like to apply it every now and then to help tone down the appearance of an acne flare up! If you're looking to try out a retinol, this is a great one to start out with as it's relatively well-priced, quite gentle when used according to instructions, and you will notice a difference!
  91. Helped with break outs

    cindy

    This helped me so much with my break out prone skin!kept it at bay
  92. Acne scars

    Tess

    I suffer from pigmentation and have acne prone skin. Ive been using this product for 4 weeks now and can say my skin is brighter, the pigmentation from acne scarring has gone lighter and slowly fading away. Although, i will say in the first 2 weeks of using it, it did cause a bit of flaking around my mouth and nose (even though I started off using it twice a week) but now it’s smoother and feels like I’ve got new skin. Would definitely recommend!!
  93. Keep coming back

    Kary

    I have used this product on and off for years and just keep coming back to it. I have normal but very blemish prone skin. It has definitely helped with keeping break outs at bay, even my hormonal ones! The consistency is very lightweight and fast absorbing. Giving it 4 stars because the packaging can be difficult to work with and sometimes too much product comes out and even after all these years, I still have trouble getting out just the right amount.
  94. Love this product

    Katie

    After having a break to try another product I have come back to this product I forgot how good it was am loving this product more than ever
  95. Harsh on sensitive skin

    Jol

    Abit harsh on the skin. Good if your skin isn’t that sensitive’
  96. BACK FOR MORE!

    Mary

    I used to buy this product regularly but I wanted to try one of The Ordinary's retinols because I had heard good things.
    So I tried there 0.5% Retinol in Squalane - and was seriously dissatisfied (the texture was so oily and would sit on top of the skin).
    That experience made me realise how truly amazing this Skinstitut Retinol is...so I am coming straight back to it!
    The texture of this serum is fantastic - is absorbs brilliantly. It has got lots of other fabulous ingredients which meant that whenever I used it I would wake up the next morning with smooth, plump skin. Also, it kept any blemishes at bay.
    Would recommend to anyone!
  97. Great Everyday Retinol

    Kate

    I have used different serums and retinols before, having loved some and had reactions to some also. This one has been a pleasure to use! Its light and medium type thickness, soaks in beautifully and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. When I wake in the morning my 39 yr old skin feels like a baby's bum! Love It :)
  98. great

    Sammy

    i use this twice a week at night. you can see the differences in the morning. Strongly recommend if you have ageing skin. Great price point too.
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