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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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4.6 of 491 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Skin care holy grail


This product is super affordable and changed my life. I had the worst breakouts and my laser clinics therapist recommended me to use this. It is amazing and saved my skin, I have got so many compliments and I know for certain it’s from the retinol. I live it and it feels so great on my skin. Love the smell too.

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Not bad, not great


I have been using this product for almost two months now and it has yet to show signs that it is working. I have noticed my skin is more sensitive around the sun but haven't noticed any differences in texture or pigmentation which were my concerns.
  1. Skin care holy grail


    verified purchaser
    This product is super affordable and changed my life. I had the worst breakouts and my laser clinics therapist recommended me to use this. It is amazing and saved my skin, I have got so many compliments and I know for certain it’s from the retinol. I live it and it feels so great on my skin. Love the smell too.
  2. First retinol - love it


    verified purchaser
    A great intro to the retinol game. I started off using once every three days over moisturiser, then under, then every two days. I think after four months my skin has gotten used to it and is less sensitive. Will finish off the bottle and then move onto a stronger percentage.
  3. Used after dermarolling


    Love this my skin felt so good and soothed after dermarolling with the needles
  4. Yay!


    Love that is is Australian owned , very light and works extremely well highly recommend 100% perfect for me :))
  5. Great gentle retinol!


    verified purchaser
    This is a lovely gentle retinol. The first retinol product I've used - I would repurchase it but I think once I've used it I'll step up to something stronger! Also smells really great.
  6. best skin care item


    Retinol is my favorite skin care. It always shows results. This product reduces signs of ageing after a week's use.
  7. Great for first time retinol users


    This product is great for first time retinol users as it’s not too potent. Is a light almost creamy consistency so I would use as your last serum prior to moisturiser.
  8. Very nice


    verified purchaser
    This is a lovely and gentle product, that layers easily and perfect for PM as it's also quite moisturizing. Low strength but effective, especially for the price. Great to alternate evenings if you're working up to stronger retinol products or getting a bit sensitive but want to push through.
  9. good retinol


    verified purchaser
    I like this retinol I don't think its done amazing things but its a decent price and quite moisturising to the skin.
  10. Great addition to my skincare routine


    verified purchaser
    I purchased a full size of this after receiving a free sample and it's such a great product. Its' really helped to improve the texture of my skin and I haven't experienced any of the negative effects some people report when using retinol. Definitely recommended!
  11. Received a sample and fell in love!


    I received a sample of this product from Adore Beauty and had never tried retinol before. I followed the instructions carefully and within a few uses completely fell in love! I now use it every second night and I feel like that's enough for me. My skin has changed quite dramatically, and I'll definitely be repurchasing!
  12. Amazing


    This makes my skin look smoother and does not irritate my skin
  13. Good place to start


    An affortable product that works well for first time users of retinol like myself.
  14. Great affordable retinol serum


    This was the first retinol I have started using and I had no reaction at all, I have now worked up to using it everyday and have honestly seen a reduction in the lines on my forehead. I have oily/combination skin so this product is great for acne-control.
  15. Good intro to retinol


    I found this product a little mild for my liking and moved onto a stronger retinoid but would be a good product to try if just starting out on Vit A it's not too strong and well priced.
  16. Not bad, not great


    I have been using this product for almost two months now and it has yet to show signs that it is working. I have noticed my skin is more sensitive around the sun but haven't noticed any differences in texture or pigmentation which were my concerns.


    This stuff is so good! seriously clear my skin up and makes it feel so soft the next day.
  18. Good value for money

    Good value

    I paired this with the gycolic scrub 14% and the vitamin c powder . I felt that it worked at lifting some of my trouble pigmentation. Good value for the price !
  19. Smells amazing


    I really like this retinol. It isn't harsh, and blends into the skin well. It has the texture of a moisturiser and smells SO GOOD. I don't see a huge difference overnight, however it makes my skin feel really nice.
  20. No nonsense retinol


    I’d previously given up on retinol as it has previously given my cystic acne. Have been using for 2 months and this retinol is fabulous, leaves skin smooth with visible results. Start off slow if your a newbie, 1-2 times a week then slowly increase. I now use on alternate nights to their Vitamin C.
  21. Great for congestion and blackheads


    I'm 35 with oily skin and on the hunt for the best vitamin A for me. The skinstitut retinol serum is the second I have tried and I prefer it over the one I tried from The Ordinary. I'm using the serum once a week but after reading some other reviews I'm going to start upping that. I don't really notice any anti ageing benefits BUT it does a great job of keeping blackheads that form around my templ...
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  22. Powerful Serum


    The strength of this suprised me. I was dubious that it would be a high strength serum at this price point - but it is! I've been using every second night and my skin looks clearer and my breakouts have stopped. Highly recommend!
  23. Good starter product


    This product is reasonable for a beginner retinol and the price point reflects that
  24. Awesome introduction to retinol


    This was a great introduction to using retinol! Simplistic packaging and the consistency is nice, from starting every 2-3 nights to more regular use has worked well in my routine. It’s improved my skin so much and it’s good value for money.
  25. it is all on my face


    Have been using the range for 3 weeks now and my skin is noticeably better.
  26. A decent introductory retinol


    This was the first retinol I ever used - I didn't notice huge improvements in my skin, but it was a good introduction to retinol for me.
  27. Love this cream


    I tried this as a reasonably priced retinol and I’m so glad I did. I love love love this product and will probably use it as part of my routine forever. Since using I’ve noticed that it’s addressed the pigmentation and some of the smaller wrinkles. I would recommend.
  28. Retinol is my friend


    I tried this product on its own and was disappointed BUT after my skin journey with Australian Laser Clinics they explained that it is much more effective to use with other Skinstitut products, since then I’ve loved it and it does not react on my skin. Highly recommend this product if you’re using other Skinstitut products!
  29. Really good product


    I am really enjoying this retinol. I have seen in the 3-4 weeks of using it a difference in my hyperpigmentation and the time of a blemish is shortened significantly. I think it’s really gentle, I have not felt any tingling or discomfort at all however the potency is strong which I love. Would recommend.
  30. great!


    I like this product as you can feel it working, but it doesn't strip the skin. Use the needle roller to get an extra kick!!
  31. Happy with product


    First time using Retinol, was very affordable compared to others. I find the texture beautiful on the skin, allows you to put other serums on after without feeling too heavy. Skin feels and looks so nice the morning after using. I have noticed the texture of my skin and my fine lines around my mouth (smile lines) fade slightly. I have been using for a few months now. I use it 2-3 times a week befo...
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  32. Disappointed


    I purchased this after using another product which I love with a lower retinol percentage. I thought this product would give me even better results due to the higher percentage and I do love other Skistitute products. Unfortunately I prefer the results I get from the other retinol product I use and I really do not like that I need to squeeze the product out of this as it's hard to get the right am...
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  33. Retinol


    I have been using this for a week but I can’t see any difference . Saying that u need atleast 4 weeks to see any change . So will keep trying
  34. Retinol from a favourite brand


    A beautician recommended this product and brand to me. I use every second to third night, although I see an improvement in my skin texture, I think this product is too strong for my skin, so I use just a tiny bit.
  35. Smooth, soft and clear


    This is my first foray into retinol - something I was hesitant towards as I'd never used a cosmeceutical product before and didn't know what to expect. I have quite resilient skin, so didn't experience any sensitivity or stinging, and have built up to using three nights per week with no problems. I think there was some purging at first, but it was also at the same time as iso-skin breakouts so har...
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  36. Newby


    This has been recommended to me a few times for anyone new to retinol. I've only used it a few times as I've been warned to go in slow and I'm very happy with the results already. Will definitely keep using until I think my skin needs something stronger.
  37. Great product


    I have been enjoying using this product. My skin looks visibly better and the retinol is not too harsh. I have found that some others dry out my skin and make it flake which I haven't experienced with this. Great product, good for anyone new to using retinol
  38. For POST acne marks


    I found this quite heavy for my oily-combo skin on breakout areas. Instead, it was useful for post-acne red and dark marks / scabs on my skin to stimulate skin layer growth.
  39. First retinol serum


    My first retinol serum and have been using for about 1 month so far. I didn't thinkI liked it that much, but then I tried another free sample retinol serum that came in an adore order & really disliked it - so now i have a strong love for this skinstitut retinol serum. It's a nice consistency and sinks into skin well.
  40. Really Gentle but Effective


    I've used retinol in the past so my skin is used to it, and I started out with every other night while I'm using up other products. I really like the texture, its easy to layer and very gentle. Obviously my skin is flaking at first but that is normal for retinols. I find the smell a bit annoying but dissipates once on the face.
  41. Great product


    I love this product, in comparison to the societe retinol I had been using, this tales the cake for sure! It’s even a fraction of the price! I love retinol nights as I wake up looking radiant and with an improvement in blemish and texture!
  42. Great product


    I love this product, it leaves my face looking so smooth the next morning. The texture is really nice and it soaks in very quickly
  43. Affordable Effective Product


    After being introduced to retinol through a cosmetic surgery skin clinic I was after a cheaper yet still effective alternative. So happy I found Skinstitut, an affordable option that actually works well. Keeps my skin looking fresh, just a tip to avoid wasting product with this brand, shake product towards the dispensing end first then very gently squeeze.
  44. Retinol


    As being my first ever retinol I have really enjoyed it so far. Even though it has only been a week or so there has be no irritation whats so ever. And the consistency is really not
  45. Great go-to


    Really good, reasonably priced retinol - I like that it is in a cream form, easier to apply than a thinner serum or oil. All the benefits of retinol without irritating the skin. I have oily, sensitive skin prone to hormonal breakouts and using this has reduced the redness, breakouts and helped with evening out skin tone
  46. Can’t go without!


    I can’t fault any of Skintitute’s products. I use their products for my whole skin care routine.
    This is a must have for me, being in my late 30’s I’m all about reducing signs of aging. I use this of a night time and sprinkle some Skintitute Vitamin C in with it.
    My skin has become more even looking and my lines aren’t near as noticeable.
    I love the packaging, so easy to use an...
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  47. Doesn't strip your skin


    I find this retinol to me really quite light. It doesn'y leave my skin feeling dry or stripped the next day. And it's such a good price point.
  48. Great retinol product


    I use this product every second night, usually with a dash of Vitamin C powder. It has visibly reduced signs of aging to my skin and leaves it feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
  49. A good start


    Purchased this product as a step up from the ordinary, experienced some skin purging to start, but feeling positive that my chin is looking clearer already after 2 weeks of use. Hopefully will continue!
  50. Love Love Love


    I am absolutely loving this product! This is my first retinol cream I have used and I think its been a great to introduce into my skincare regime. The first Time is used it I broke out a little - but no issues after that! love!
  51. Love it


    I love this product - my skin always looks and feels great the morning after applying it.
  52. Love it


    I love this product - my skin always looks and feels great the morning after applying it.
  53. Great retinol option


    Was wanting a cheaper option from the retinol my faciliast recommended and I've found this to do the trick. Having combination skin with pigment, this is helping to even out my complexion nicely. Love the price, the size and the texture. Only silly thing is I wish the lid wasn't so big as not necessary.
  54. Good intro to retinol


    The Adore Beauty expert team recommended this retinol to me as I’m a beginner and didn’t want to spend a bomb given I wasn’t sure how my skin would react. So far so good! This is good value for money and my skin is starting to look a lot fresher and renewed.
  55. A great retinol/serum


    This is my second tube, I use this every second/third night and even use some with vitamin c mixed in. It’s a great consistency, and your other products can be layered over nicely.
  56. Great retinol


    This is the first and only retinol I've ever used, and have had a good experience so far! The first few applications caused a bit of tingling but my skin has now gotten used to it. I sometimes get a very textured forehead as my skin is so oily, and can see a noticeable difference in the smoothness of my skin in the morning after using this.
  57. Nice retinol cream


    Bought this to use in conjunction with my Laser Clinic treatments for pigmentation, which has definitely improved. Also, I love the scent of this cream, it's very fresh smelling.
  58. Gentle but effective


    Usually, my skin does not really like retinol - it's too harsh. But this one is perfect. It's gentle, I only use it every 2nd night and I really notice a difference when I don't use it. My face looks plumper (in a good way!) the next morning, smoother and softer.
  59. Retinol


    i have been using this product for the last week and have already noticed blackheads being pushed to the surface and clearing, also my pores have slightly decreased in size. Happy with results so far.
  60. Good product for the price point


    Bought this a few weeks ago just to
    Try out the skinstitut hype. The consistency is light. Noticed my skin become a little bit less blotchy, but have used better retinol creams.
  61. Firmer skin


    This stuff is really good, my skin is clearer and firmer for sure. It’s pretty gentle compared to other retinols though. And I did experience a break out when I first started though it subsided.
  62. Strong for my skin


    This product does work although found it too strong for my skin. So instead i used it more as a spot treatment on any areas that are pigmented. Its a great product but would use with caution! I thought my skin could handle it but I was wrong.
  63. New Skin, Who Dis?

    Clarence 96

    This is hands down the best retinol I've ever used. After suffering from hormonal and lifestyle related breakouts for years, this thing has moved me on to a whole new type of skin. She's glowy, she's luminous. Who is she? Oh, she's me now! Better yet, it smells like Jasmine Tea and my sensitive skin was quick to adjust.
  64. Wowsers!


    The best thing about coming in to the cooler months for me is the concentrated skincare! I have hormonal/age spots and I love the affect that this has on my skin . I use this two nights per week with the Vitamin C powder for that extra punch. It does dry you in sensitive areas if you aren’t careful!
    My skin is looking fantastic, pigmentation fading and my complexion looks smooth and plump ...
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  65. Love this retinol


    I absolutely love this product! It was the first retinol I've ever used and I think it was the perfect one to introduce into my skincare regime. I have noticed a difference in my skin texture since using this product. Never experienced dry skin or irritation with this product. I'm a big fan of the skinstitut brand.
  66. Noticeable difference


    A beauty therapist recommended I started using retinoids and as a fan of skinstitut already I tried this product. I use this product every other evening before bed, and did notice a difference in my skin after a few weeks. My face felt plumper and clearer, so I would continue to use this product.
  67. Blackheads gone!


    What an amazing product! This was the first retinol product I have tried and it is such a great introduction into retinol, as it is quite light (maybe TOO light for some!) I noticed my pores were tighter AND it was the only thing that would keep my nose from being congested and banished my blackheads! Such a great price - buy it! You can't go wrong.
  68. Game changer


    Love this serum! I was unhappy with my skin but couldn’t put my finger on why. This serum has reduced pigment (which I didn’t really know I had), makes me feel brighter and smoother. I can’t explain what a big difference it’s made.
  69. Night time treatment


    Ive bought this a couple of times, doesn't feel harsh on my skin as my skin is super sensitive. Sometimes i mix in vitamin c by substitut at night before i go to bed
  70. Nice intro into retinol


    This is a gentle retinol, it did not irritate my skin so good starting point and a great price point
  71. Love this product


    I love this product it’s my second bottle.
    after suffering from bad acne this is my saviour.
    I find if I do get a pimple by applying this product it speeds up the process of it.
    It makes your skin just glow!!!
    However when introducing it to your beauty care routine, maybe do it ever 2nd day at first as it is quiet intense for sensitive skin.
  72. Not bad


    I like the texture and absorbs into the skin nicely but beyond that I have not seen any results. And it stings badly but subsides after few minutes and hasn't cause any other reactions. I have very sensitive skin.
  73. great retinol product


    received a sample of this recently and have been enjoying trying a skinstitut product. have been using nightly! the consistency feels different to what im used to but quite enjoying the results.
  74. Smooth and gentle

    Emma J

    I found this retinol to be gentle on the skin. It felt quite silky to apply. I didn’t really find it did anything for my uneven skin tone which is why I bought it. It worked ok as a spot treatment though.
  75. Retinol not v strong


    Was a great retinol to use - the longer I have used it the less I feel it’s doing. I don’t think it’s a very strong retinol but was definitely great for me to start on
  76. My evening essential


    I love this serum!
    I was sceptical about using a retinol serum, I was previously using an AHA one in my night time routine. Then my beautician recommended retinol - I have excessively oily skin and was having a lot of congestion and uneven texture.
    I have now been using this serum for a few months....at first I started at just using 2 nights a week because initially it does feel quite...
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  77. Great, well priced product


    I have recently purchased my second tube of the Skinstuit retinol. My skincare concerns are fine lines and wrinkles. This was recommended to me by the Adore team and it’s been a fantastic recommendation. A little goes a long way and the product is really effective. I have been asked several times where I go for botox however I haven’t had any...yet. I think that speaks highly for this great little...
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  78. gentle enough for sensitive skin


    This is a great starting retinol, especially for those with sensitive skin. I didn't experience any dryness or irritation. It sinks in quickly to the skin and a little goes a long way! Will definitely repurchase.
  79. Best product ever.


    The best product I have ever used. My skin has noticeable results. My blackheads have 99% disappeared, my pores have dramatically minimised and overall my skin feels smooth, clear and clean.
  80. Retinol so good, I had to buy another!


    This is my second retinol product I've tried and my favourite so far!
    The texture is super smooth and glides on. I found I had a slight tingling on my skin the first few times I used it but it's non-existent now!
    I use this daily at night and even after a weekly dermaroll as well - I do get the irritated feeling then but it subsides fairly quickly.

    I have bought the The Or...
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  81. Do not carry when flying


    Great retinol, smooth to apply, absorbs easily and smells great. Major design flaw with the packaging however. Every time I fly, this leaks in my bag or the lid pops open and splatters product everywhere. Must be due to the pressure changes. The packaging doesn’t seal well when closed. Even when travelling without planes the product tends to leak. Messy, annoying and wasteful.
  82. Very effective!


    My first foray into retinol and I love it! Have been using just twice a week and has made the biggest difference to blemishes and skin texture.
  83. Nice mild retinol


    This was a nice, lightweight serum and you only need a small amount as it spreads really well. I had no irritation after using this at all. This is a great option for those looking to start a retinol.
  84. Pretty good!


    I feel as though my skin looks so much more better & healthier. Love it
  85. Loving it!


    Used a high end Retinol from another range and thought would try this when that one ran out. Have been more than impressed. At a 5th of the price this is as good at the one I was using beforehand and will be using this one from now on!
  86. Good


    This has helped with pigmentation and my breakouts also get smaller quicker
  87. Great Beginner Skincare Retinol


    I was really impressed with this product and noticed a difference the next morning. It is worth the price. I have repurchased this product four times now and will continue to use it but I wouldn't mind upgrading to a more potent retinol serum next.
  88. Good beginner retinol.


    This was good as an intro to the retinol world and because of the resulting low-strength I haven't experienced a huge difference.
  89. Great


    Love this - great texture, soaks straight in and the smell is pretty neutral and pleasant. I only noticed slight redness straight after putting it on and it went away after a few uses. I was using super expensive retinol creams for ages but it was breaking the bank so I switched and it's great! I'll definitely be buying again :)
  90. Great retinol!


    I absolutely loved this retinol! It is so potent and my skin actually peeled pretty badly when I first introduced this but that doesn’t bother me personally. Really easy to apply and I saw the difference in my pores and skin texture within a week or so. A great price point as well!
  91. Amazing & great price


    I love this stuff I use it three times a week and mix with asap c serum, it clears up any breakouts reduces fine lines and leaves my skin plump and refreshed!
  92. I have re-ordered!


    I have only recently started using products that are better for my face/skin. I use this morning, under my SPF Moisturiser and at night with another product.

    I have found that is has really helped my complexion, and the unevenness in my skintone.
  93. Excellent product


    I use this product every second night mixed with vitamin C powder and Even Blend Serum and I am finding my skin is looking and feeling smooth and healthy.
  94. Really like it!


    This is such a great serum! I only use it every second or third night because I’m only in my 20’s but I find every morning after I’ve put it on my face feels so soft and supple and it really seems to be helping the minor pigmentation on my face. Plus a little goes a long way! Have found the bottle to last more for sooo long! Love it
  95. Glowing skin


    This retinol is amazing! I don't have lots of knowledge on different skincare products. But I definitely noticed a difference after using this. I use it along with the Skinstitut Vit C powder and always get compliments on how good my skin looks.
  96. Glowing skin


    This retinol is amazing! I don't have lots of knowledge on different skincare products. But I definitely noticed a difference after using this. I use it along with the Skinstitut Vit C powder and always get compliments on how good my skin looks.
  97. amazing to clear skin


    obvious difference in my skin the next morning. I prefer this retinol over other retinol products I've tried. I'll definitely be using skinstitut retinol from now on, very hydrating and good for sensitive skin, well priced
  98. Buy this retinol


    I'm not an expert on retinol but I notice an obvious difference in my skin the next morning. I prefer this retinol over other retinol products I've tried. I'll definitely be using skinstitut retinol from now on because this product is so nice and easy to use
  99. Good intro to Retinol


    This is a great introduction to retinol if you are still on the fence about splashing out big dollars. Your skin feels clear and bright the next morning. I'm not sure if it is really strong enough to help with scarring, oil control and to assist wrinkles.
    If you really want the positive effects of retinol, you may be better off getting a prescription from your doctor and getting a prescript...
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  100. Great for acne scars


    I use this product a couple of times a week and I love it! It's fantastic for acne scars and I use it with the skinstiut vitamin c powder! Works a treat
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