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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 466 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Love this cream

Obsessed

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.

Most Helpful Criticism

A decent introductory retinol

Bianca

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.
  1. A decent introductory retinol

    Bianca

    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.
  2. Love this cream

    Obsessed

    verified purchaser
    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.
  3. Retinol is my friend

    Em

    verified purchaser
    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!
  4. Really good product

    Ty

    verified purchaser
    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.
  5. great!

    Kc

    verified purchaser
    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!!
  6. Happy with product

    Ela8

    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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  7. Disappointed

    Alexandra

    verified purchaser
    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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  8. Retinol

    Remy

    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
  9. Retinol from a favourite brand

    Kat

    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.
  10. Smooth, soft and clear

    Lucinda

    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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  11. Newby

    Ninaaaa

    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.
  12. Great product

    Hayley

    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
  13. For POST acne marks

    Grizzly

    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.
  14. First retinol serum

    Idi

    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.
  15. Really Gentle but Effective

    Lucy

    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.
  16. Great product

    Tee

    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!
  17. Great product

    Maddy

    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
  18. Affordable Effective Product

    Abbi

    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.
  19. Retinol

    Bec

    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
  20. Great go-to

    Manda

    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
  21. Can’t go without!

    Rea

    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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  22. Doesn't strip your skin

    Sam

    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.
  23. Great retinol product

    Elizabeth

    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.
  24. A good start

    Mad

    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!
  25. Love Love Love

    Lise

    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!
  26. Love it

    Phoebe

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

    Phoebe

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

    AG

    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.
  29. Good intro to retinol

    Claire

    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.
  30. A great retinol/serum

    Mia6684

    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.
  31. Great retinol

    Aya

    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.
  32. Nice retinol cream

    Dominique

    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.
  33. Gentle but effective

    Adri

    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.
  34. Retinol

    Nat

    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.
  35. Good product for the price point

    Rach

    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.
  36. Firmer skin

    Hannah

    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.
  37. Strong for my skin

    Carly

    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.
  38. 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.
  39. Wowsers!

    Courtney

    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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  40. Love this retinol

    son_gia

    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.
  41. Noticeable difference

    Melissa

    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.
  42. Blackheads gone!

    Dee

    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.
  43. Game changer

    CB

    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.
  44. Night time treatment

    Frankie

    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
  45. Nice intro into retinol

    Ruby

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

    Sarah

    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.
  47. Not bad

    Prabhjot

    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.
  48. great retinol product

    sophie

    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.
  49. 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.
  50. Retinol not v strong

    Liv

    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
  51. My evening essential

    Claire

    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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  52. Great, well priced product

    Polly

    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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  53. gentle enough for sensitive skin

    Jess

    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.
  54. Best product ever.

    Nikki

    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.
  55. Retinol so good, I had to buy another!

    kaayla

    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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  56. Do not carry when flying

    Fi

    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.
  57. Very effective!

    HollieL

    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.
  58. Nice mild retinol

    Lauren

    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.
  59. Pretty good!

    Famny

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

    Abi

    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!
  61. Good

    Alice

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

    Juliet

    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.
  63. Good beginner retinol.

    Kate

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

    Sal

    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 :)
  65. Great retinol!

    Kaylee

    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!
  66. Amazing & great price

    Kelly

    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!
  67. I have re-ordered!

    Crystie

    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.
  68. Excellent product

    Wen

    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.
  69. Really like it!

    Kris

    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
  70. Glowing skin

    Emily

    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.
  71. Glowing skin

    Emily

    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.
  72. amazing to clear skin

    Jodi

    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
  73. Buy this retinol

    Mikaila

    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
  74. Good intro to Retinol

    Carla

    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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  75. Great for acne scars

    Monica

    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
  76. affordable retinol

    Kristin

    Good affordable retinol product. Helped clear my skin.
  77. On the fence

    Adriana

    I purchased this after trying a sample of the Murad resurgance retinol. The full size is pretty expensive and I wasn't sure how long I wanted to use it so decided to try Skinstitut as an alternative.

    In terms of the actual formula, I really like this product. It's lightweight, smells quite nice, absorbs into the skin easily and you don't need to use a tonne of product in one applicat...
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  78. Helps With Acne Scars

    Sswain5775

    This product has improved my overall complexion. My skin looks brighter and has even made a difference to my acne scars. Can't fault Skinstitut and this is just another one of their great products.
  79. Best!!

    Rach

    I use this a few nights a week and honestly i wake up with my skin looking so much brighter! It’s faded my acne scars slightly and helped with bringing life to my complexion
  80. Healthier Skin

    Alex

    This is a great serum. The texture is nice and sinks in smooth on the skin. I really do feel like it has helped with my breakouts and overall my skin looks healthier. It is a small tube but it spreads easily. It has a strange smell but not overpowering. I will repurchase!
  81. Great serum

    maybe

    Used this together with Vitamin C powder and I have been noticing my skin becomes smoother and more radiant. Itchy burning sensation that I feel on my skin is a bit annoying but will wait and see if it stops in near future. Other than that, amazing skincare product!!!
  82. Yet to see noticeable results

    Nanette

    I bought this as a result of the reviews I am early 40’s and was looking for a product to help with ageing as well as problem skin.
    I suffer from the odd breakout and I don’t feel this has made any real difference.
    If anything I’ve found my skin to be worse especially around my chin area.
  83. Love this product

    Phoebe

    I've been using this product for nearly 2 years now and have noticed a huge change in my skin. My skin is smoother, more plump and less fine lines. I will definitely continue using this product in my nightly skincare routine.
  84. Best retinol ive used

    Casee

    I have tried many other retinol creams and oils but found this one the best by far! Leaves no residue and just sinks into your skin right before bed.
  85. Wow

    Clare Mc

    Wow! Am so impressed. I’ve only just started using it and my skin is positively glowing!!!! My skin is feeling soft and smooth. Can’t wait to see the results in a few months. I’m 40 with reddish hair and fair skin.
  86. Reduces texture

    Scout

    This has improved the texture and unevenness on my skin, great product.
  87. Works really well

    Jules

    Great serum I'm seeing good results quickly my skin looks clearer I have ordered 2 more tubes.
  88. Irritating on the skin - spend more to get a better retinol product.

    Rachel

    This is a very cheap retinol, I don't really recommend - it's highly irritating on the skin. I recommend spending more and buying either Cosmedix or Aspect retinol serums instead.
  89. Great

    Tia

    This has improved the texture on my skin and helped reduce the acne scars
  90. Absolutely love this!!

    tmvkc

    I use this retinol along with the skinstitut vit c powder after derma rolling my face and after 3 weeks I have seen a dramatic difference in my skin. It is best to start off with just once a week to allow your skin to adapt and don't be scared if it does irritate to begin with because it settles very soon after. I have sensitive skin so I have always been skeptical in trying harsher products but a...
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  91. Amazing price

    Lan

    Great, affordable, retinol product, Australian owned and made! Absolute essential in my skin routine. I apply this serum around bedtime on top of rejuvenate to stop any flaking from the retinol.
    Such a good price too
  92. amazing retinol

    elisefrwrd

    This is the first retinol I've ever used and it has chanegd my life, completely refined my skin and has removed most of the texture
  93. Retinol

    Sha

    I have had acne for a long time, resulting in lots of acne scars. I noticed a significant reduction in the appearance of scars within a couple of weeks of using this product.
  94. Glowing Skin

    Kat Luu

    I'm back at uni full time, working part time finishing my masters which means very little sleep. I had tried everything to boost my skin until I decided to give vit A/Retinol a go. I tried this product and it worked OVERNIGHT! I use this every second night (but I'm tempted to go everynight) and I love it. I currently have 2 x more in my shopping cart right now . Highly recommended, also smells gre...
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  95. Saving my skin

    Dev

    I have had acne for years, resulting in lots of acne scars all over my face. I noticed a significant reduction in the appearance of scars within a couple of weeks of using this product.

    I've only just realised my acne flares up with moisturisers (which is a necessity when using products like retinol because your skin can become a little dry), and unfortunately I'm still getting flare...
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  96. Definitely worth a try

    Jess

    Have found this serum to be an effective and affordable entry to the world of retinols. Working up to applying nightly, my skin has experience no adverse reactions and I have noticed a marked improvement in my skin's texture and reduction in breakouts. Would recommended.
  97. Unsure....

    Al.B

    I used this product to get rid of unwanted redness in conjunction with the vitamin c powder. I love Skinstitut’s other products and I will admit I didn’t use this religiously but I don’t think it worked at all to get rid of my redness.
  98. Love this product!

    Emma Loves Skincare

    This is a beautiful product that I really enjoy treating my skin to. It has an interesting scent and nice rich creamy texture and you don't need to apply much.

    My only complaint is that it just doesn't last long enough.... A bigger size would be nice

    For reference my skincare is oily combination skin and I am 30 years old
  99. 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.
  100. amazing

    raz

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