Skinstitut Retinol

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Skinstitut Retinol by Skinstitut


Help prevent and treat the signs of ageing with Skinstitut Retinol, a high-intensity gel-formula treatment serum that promotes cell renewal for smooth and radiant skin.

Well known for its effective correcting properties, Vitamin A targets the 2 A’s of skincare: anti-ageing care and acne care. Retinol, the most potent stable form of vitamin a, is a powerful correcting product to use in your skincare routine. Retinol combats ageing as well as breakouts and redness.

Key benefits of Skinstitut Retinol:

  • Help increase collagen and elastin production
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Refine skin texture
  • Add radiance, suppleness, and softness
  • Encourage younger, plumper cells to rise to the skin’s surface to fill in lines
  • Firm and clear the complexion

Skinstitut Retinol corrects and brightens pigmentation and sun damage by encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells to correct uneven skin tone and texture. The ability of Retinol to regulate sebaceous gland activity also makes it a great treatment for acne breakouts and pore congestion.

How to use Skinstitut Retinol:

  • Cleanse skin and pat dry.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount of Skinstitut Retinol and gently massage product over the face and neck.
  • Retinol and Vitamin A products are recommended to be used at night, as skin treated with retinol is more sensitive to sunlight.
  • It is highly recommended to wear SPF during the day to protect from sun damage.
  • If you have not used retinol products before, start with twice-weekly use at first to minimise irritation. Then slowly build up to alternate nights.

For more sensitive or easily irritated skin types that need a less intense correcting treatment, Skinstitut Rejuvenate 15 serum is recommended. Use a sun protection product such as Skinstitut Age Defence SPF50 in your morning skincare routine to ensure that your skin is protecting from sun damage, as retinol products can make the skin more vulnerable to the effects of UV rays.

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Aqua, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pistacia Vera Seed Oil, Ethoxydiglycol Hydroxyethyl Acrylate, Glyc-erin, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower Ext., Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Propylene Glycol, Trehalose Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Retinol, BHT, Epilobium Angustifolium Leaf Ext., Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Ext., L.Sodium Hyaluronate , L.Arginine, Ruscus Aculeatus, Centella Asiatica, Man-nitol, D Panthenol, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Calendula Officinalis, Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Aesculus Hippocastanum, Rna, Tetrahydropiperine, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Histidine Hydrochloride, Citric Acid, Phenylalanine, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipeptide, L.Tyrosine, Cucumber Ext. Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid


How to use Skinstitut Retinol

  • Apply a pea sized amount every other evening, building up to every evening on clean dry skin

  • Gently stroke outwardly in a circular motion, gradually spreading onto entire face, neck and chest

  • Avoid the eye area

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Awesome - 18-05-2018 by

I used this with the vitamin C and brightener serum and they work wonders. My oily skin becomes very supply, less oil but not dry, pores and scars reduce and even out quite dramatically.

First time user, results the next day! - 17-05-2018 by

I need to make sure I don't overuse this one because I absolutely love the result I woke up with after my first night. I have pretty normal skin now which used to be oily, and any small breakouts I get tend to leave behind red marks that take ages to fade. Application left a pleasant warming sensation, I followed with a serum and popped off to bed. When I woke up, the first thing I did was touch my face - the skin felt delightfully soft and smooth, even moreso than when I use AHA's. Looking in the mirror, I noticed that one of the pimple scars that has been on my cheek for almost 3 weeks has noticeably faded, so happy!! Can't wait to continue use and see how it goes over time.

Great for face and body - 07-05-2018 by

I love using this product as both a spot treatment (both on the face and body) and as a product to smooth out skin. Please note only to USE AT NIGHT and it is very very important to wear sunscreen on the area that you treat with retinol. It makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. I use this a few times a week on my face, chest and shoulders.
Note: I have oily skin yet it is so dry around my mouth and nose. I am also very prone to acne. Ever since I have started using Skinstitute products it has completely changed my skin. I no longer wake up with a new pimple everyday and my skin has smoothed out so much.

Best Retinol Product! - 30-04-2018 by

I wish I had taken a before and after photo of my skin before I had starting using this Retinol serum to how it looks now! I have always suffered from acne and had tried so many different products without any success... Until I tried this Skinstitut Retinol serum as recommended to me by the staff at Laser Clinics Australia. I'm so glad I purchased this product - my acne has cleared up quickly and my skin has never looked better! It is also very gentle on my skin and also very affordable!

Great product - 30-04-2018 by

Another amazing product does exactly what it’s suppose to do


This serum is incredible!!!
I use this every night on my face and neck (avoiding eyes) and mix the skinstitut vitamin C powder in with it.

My skin has improved so so so much, it's baby soft, smooth, clear and my hormonal breakouts stopped as soon as I started using Skinstitut products.

Its really silky and a tiny bit will spread across your whole face, so will last a long time.
I will be buying more of this for sure!

Fantastic - 17-04-2018 by

I use this every third night, and my skin has never been better, helps control break outs and smooths skin texture

wonderful - 12-04-2018 by

I love this product. I use the retinol in combination with my vitamin C serum/oil and it is a match made in heaven. I'm have quite good skin but I use this product to brighten and even out my skin tone. I found it helps with acne scarring and abit with the pores on my nose. I would recommend this product to everyone. It is pretty affordable and you can definitely see a difference after just one application.

Amazing product - 19-03-2018 by

I have sensitive skin and this is my first retinol product, it helps heal any breakout i may have almost overnight. After just 2 applications there was a noticable difference in my skin, will defintely keep using but may look into another product thats a little stronger

New Skin!! - 19-03-2018 by

I started using this product after a recommendation from a friend. I started using it for dullness, anti ageing and uneven skin tone/texture. My skin has improved drastically in less than a month. The texture of my often bumpy/red/sometimes dry/sometimes oily skin is now feeling new again! i use this product in conjunction with the Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14% and alternate using this every second day along with my everyday moisturisers/eye cream/serums.

Should be part of your routine - 13-03-2018 by

I have dry skin and I am aged in my early 30s. After a lot of research I decided to try retinol. Skinstitut provides a high quality product at the fraction of the price of big name brands. I use retinol on alternating evenings with an exfoliant acid. I’ve noticed my skin is markedly healthier and my pigmentation has started reducing.

Great product - 25-02-2018 by

This is amazing . First I used it to often and on my eyes ! A big no no ! But then let my skin settle and use it every second night mixed with vitamin c powder . Has made a huge difference in clearing up my skin and skin tone ( getting rid of my pregnancy mask ) will be repurchasing

Helps with breakouts - 21-02-2018 by

I use this 1-2 times a week all over my face and it helps keep my face smooth. If I ever feel a spot coming along I use this around the area and its gone overnight.

so good - 20-02-2018 by

This is a brilliant entry level retinol. So gentle and like most good things you wont notice how much good it was doing until you stop using it.

Bye bye acne and dry skin - 19-02-2018 by

I have skin that's both dry AND acne prone and this product has changed my life! Skinstitut retinol has definitely kept my breakouts under control. It's also great for treating dry skin which means you can effectively skip your moisturiser at night and just use it by itself. Great value + visible results.

Buy it! - 19-02-2018 by

Love this product. Its the first retinol product ive bought and have been using some other skinstitue products and am loving the range.
It can be a little harsh on your skin on the first few applications but after that it settles down. I notoced an amazing difference in my skin, looking much brighter, fresher and i feel like I am already seeing minor imorovements on wrinkles and I am only a couple of weeks in! Will definitely be buying again and strongly recommend!

Great affordable retinol - 19-02-2018 by

This was my first retinol I've ever used, it's a creamy texture and has a pleasant smell.

It helped reduce my breakouts and I noticed a big difference in the overall appearance of my skin after using this product.

Great night product, and non-irritating retinol - 23-01-2018 by

I am on my third tube of this (combination skin starting to age), used as a night serum. Its never stung or caused irritation, although like most retinol does make my skin more sensitive to the sun in the daytime. Very easy to apply, don't need much, and skin looks great after application. No strong smell. Would recommend if trying a retinol product for the first time.

Clearer and smoother complexion - 23-01-2018 by

I've noticed a difference in my skin since I've added this to serum to my evening skin regime. You only need a small amount. This product has helped with my pigmentation, fine lines and redness.

Can’t get any better - 28-12-2017 by

Hands down the best retinol on the market without a prescription. It’s quite strong but very gentle on the skin and the results show within days

Reverse redness and pigmentation - 27-12-2017 by

A dermal therapist recommended it to me and claimed it will noticeably reverse redness and skin damage across my nose and forehead in conjunction with other products in the range. I'm in my 40s and I've been using it for a about three years. I'm not sure if there's any difference. Without makeup I’ve been complimented on my skin though so it's possible. I'm considering something more potent to see if there's a difference being that I'm older.

Made no difference - 20-12-2017 by

I religiously used this retinol and it has made no difference to my skin. On the plus side, it doesn't smell, it doesn't break the bank, isn't greasy and didn't make me break out. I have had some heavy duty acid peels and have been told my skin tolerates them well so maybe I just need a stronger product. I think this would only be suitable for a beginner to retinols.

The best skin care product I have ever used! - 14-12-2017 by

I cannot recommend this product highly enough. I started using it 5 months ago as I was breaking out constantly and my skin was always red and irritated. I use it every second night in conjunction with Alpha-H's liquid gold and have barely had a break out in 5 months. It has completely changed my life. My skin is smooth, pores are smaller, redness is almost completely gone and again, no pimples!! If my skin feels gross at night and I'm almost positive I'm going to wake up with something I put the retinol on and in the morning my skin is perfect again! Just buy it!

Clear glory skin - 29-11-2017 by

One of my must have in my beauty regime. Ever since I started using this (every second night) my face keeps getting clearer and smoother. Iv stocked up!

Dont use too much - 22-11-2017 by

This retinol is great and has helped clear up so much congestion, acne and scarring on my face! I once used too much but and dryed out my skin - make sure you only use a little bit!

Sensational Product - 13-11-2017 by

My daughter had a severe outbreak of acne which was not only unsightly but very painful. I searched online and came across a review for this product. As the review said, it did take a couple of weeks of regular use to produce a fantastic result! But wow - what a difference. My daughter has recommended this product to her friends.

Say goodbye to damaged skin and hello to flawless skin - 13-11-2017 by

I have always struggled with acne scars and acne pigmentation. I have brown skin and my scars are almost black. I have forever been looking for a skin care routine that will firstly stop breakouts and secondly help with the pigmentation and Skinstitut has been my saviour. I alternate this with the Even Blend Serum and they are a match made in heaven. I also blend with the vitamin c powder for a more potent mix. The retinol serum has helped my skin repair, improving the texture of my skin and giving me that natural glow. LOVE IT! BUY IT NOW!

Love it - 05-11-2017 by

I use this at night and it Makes my skin feel amazing the next day!
i have used this for years now and love it, definitely recommend!

LIFE CHANGING for only $30! - 27-09-2017 by

If I had to go to a desert island and could only take one product this would be it. Clears up congestion, cleans out pores, gets rid of any pimples I feel like are starting to come through, fades acne scarring.. I could go on. Do yourself a favour and try this, changed my skin completely.

Awesome product - 12-09-2017 by

I use this for my acne and freckles and works a treat an going to purchase the vitamin c soon to increase rear the potency i find I need more than a pea size for it to feel comfortable on my face I use about 3 pea size amounts and use it every second night and in summer I'll use every night to keep my freckles at bay

Best Retinol product without a prescription - 07-09-2017 by

I don't need to say much as thr reviews speak for themselves. Retinol was mostly targeted at women with acne as it does an amazing job of clearing the skin up but then it was discovered that it was also an amazing product for older skin to help wrinkles and fine lines. I have used so many different Retinol products in my in life due to hormonal acne I developed in my early 20's I have extreamly sensitive skin and most of the products would burn my skin but they did an an amazing job of helping my skin before I went on medication to clear my skin up which made it a whole lot more sensitive. So after being off the medication for a year I went back in search of a great Retinol and I tried so many, either they would burn my skin really badly or they wouldn't do anything at all. When I tried this my face tingled which is normal and went slightly pink but it didn't burn or hurt, the next day my skin was looking better already. I use this 3 times a week and it has done wonders for my skin, my mother and sister now use it and have seen a massive change in their skin. I always purchase this from Adore as it's always the cheapest website for it and it's my one stop shop for all my make up and skin products. Also they have the best customer service team if you ever have any issues.

Essential product - 21-08-2017 by

Love that skinstitute products are just as good as some of the high end products but a fraction on the price,

I alternate between this and Rejuvenate 15 in the evenings and it's really helped prevent aging and even out my skin tone. I love it. I mix it with vitamin c and I've noticed a huge difference, my skin is firm, clear and bright.

It works! - 17-08-2017 by

This is great. Don't expect a hydrating serum as it's a bit thick and leaves a slightly tacky finish. But it's so good at clearing my skin when I've got pimples and spots. It brightens too. I use every third night after cleansing and under moisturiser. You seriously only need a pea sized amount. It lasts ages.

Great product but wish it was bigger - 27-07-2017 by

I have just started using retinol in my skin care regime and I want to maintain my skin. I've experienced no redness or flaking. I do find it a bit hard to spread and end up using a bit more. I would be happier to pay for a bigger bottle and a pump style would be preferable. I've noticed my skin is brighter and what pimples I do have (hormonal spots) are reduced in size significantly.

Great value and works well - 07-07-2017 by

I really like this product - I've been using it for a year or so. I use it every second night, after a BHA exfoliator which I use every night. The combination has definitely improved the acne I had, and my skin is also plumper and younger looking. Love!

Training Wheels for Retinol - 20-06-2017 by

I purchased this product because I had read so much about retinol and how beneficial it is in combating the signs of aging. I started using anti-aging products in my early twenties, and with my thirtieth birthday looming (and not a wrinkle in sight) I'm doubling down on my anti-aging regime. Unfortunately, my bank account never got the memo. So when I discovered a non-drug store retinol that wasn't hundreds of dollars I was very keen to give it a go. I was surprised that the consistency is as thick as it is and how gentle it is on my skin. While the concentration of active ingredients may be lower than the pricier alternatives, it does a good job. It does exactly what it promises. I'm still likely to upgrade to a more concentrated product when I can afford the investment, but this is definitely a great first foray into the world of retinol.

New skin - 30-05-2017 by

I've been using Aspect products for years but have been looking for a cheaper alternative. After using Skinstitut retinal mixed with vitamin C powder every night for two weeks, my skin is clearer and softer than ever

Amazing - 22-05-2017 by

This product is great. I use every 3 days at night or when my skin has dried out. Always wake up with soft, smooth skin when I use this.

Finally a product that works on my skin! - 19-03-2017 by

My beauty therapist recommended trying this for my skin concerns after coming off the contraceptive pill. My skin was oily and breaking out constantly. I preferred organic skin care, however it just wasn't clearing my skin up so I finally gave this a go and I wish I did earlier! I use this product with the gentle cleanser and it cleared my skin up within a week! You only need to use a small amount on your face (it can be drying) so it lasts for a long time. I absolutely love Skinstitut products and they have become a huge part of my skin care routine!

Great product - 13-02-2017 by

I love the look and feel of my skin after wearing this product to bed (with Skinstitut Moisture Defence of course!) The smell if fine and goes on easily. My skin is plump and rejuvenated the next morning.

you should need a prescription for this quality - 29-01-2017 by

The Retinol by Skinstitut is such high quality a teeny bit goes a long way. I mix the retinol cream with the vitamin c powder and I have seen a great improvement in the smoothness and brightness of my skin.

Skintitut rules yet again! - 20-11-2016 by

Great product paired with the Skinstitut powder and the even blend cream. It's amazing.
Skintitut has the best products!
I recommended these products to 3 other friends who now shop on adore beauty and love skintitut products. I get comments on my skin all the time and these are gray products. Get into them!

Great Product - 15-11-2016 by

I have used expensive Retinol products and this is totally comparable but with a much less damaging price tag.

I love the product and a little goes a long way, I only use this once or twice a week because like with all retinol if you use it every day your skin get a little too plastic looking but it is perfect the night before a big event for dispersing fine lines. Of course the more us use it it deeper it works but I still wouldn't go over board Would highly recommend this and the whole Skinstitut line.

Value for money - 25-10-2016 by

This is a very product for it's price. Works well on acne scars.

wow - 13-10-2016 by

I have only used this once so far, and it's instant! My skin is glowing and I mixed a bit of Vitamin C powder in it and even my hands look smoother and brighter. It definitely is amazing so far. I can't wait to see long term results!

Great product, worth the money - 16-08-2016 by

This product really changed my skin. I didn't really have high hopes when I purchased this product because I have never heard of this brand before. But at that time I desperately needed a serum to help address my age spots and pigmentation. Even though this is not a miracle product, and doesn't give you perfect, supple, clear baby skin, it has help lighten up the pigmentation and make my skin soft and radiant. I get a lot of complements about my skin and even my family noticed the difference.

The only downside about this is that the package is not that great. opening it is a pain and sometimes too much product comes out. If you have sensitive skin, you have to be careful not to use too much as it can cause redness and skin sensitivity. I make this mistake the first few times I use the product and my skin was red and irritated. A small amount is all you need to see nice skin.

Great product - 22-07-2016 by

I used the retinol serum last night for the first time and woke up this morning to the softest, smoothest skin.
This product really does work and it's very affordable.
I have used other products that were pretty expensive and did not get the results this little beauty gave me.
I will definately purchase again.

Does the trick - 17-07-2016 by

Great serum treatment. minimises pores and my skin glows. I find if I spend too much on a serum I use it too sparingly. This serum gives results; not just because it's a great product, but because it's price point means I can use it liberally.

Does what it says - 04-06-2016 by

I have noticed dark patches of pigmentation on my bottom due to old scars that I had picked or neglected to take care of properly, I have been using this for 2 days and yes thats not a long time but I can already see a reduced pigmentation problem its lightened my skin dramatically and thats in 2 days! I have combined it with Even Blend Serum and the Vit C powder for added potency and they're working a charm

Ah-mazing - 19-12-2015 by

I have been using this product for 6 days in my new Skinstitut skincare routine and my scars, pigmentation + ACNE are already disappearing and on the mend. I love the smell of this product when used at night before bed... Rentoil is a must!

Love it! - 04-12-2015 by

5 star service and quick delivery. So excited to use the product!! Will write my review soon! Thanks adore beauty!

Love this product! - 18-08-2015 by

starter to use retinol after i had a severe break out on my forehead, within two weeks it had completely cleared my skin and made it look so smooth and clean!
definitely would recommend to a friend, and would buy this product again! :-)

Decent alternative to Cosmedix Serum 16! - 23-01-2015 by

I was looking for a cheaper alternative to Cosmedix as all the Cosmedix range has become too expensive. This is a gentle, effective Retinol that doesn't cause any adverse reactions. I mix it with my Vitamin C powder at night and am loving the results!

Brilliant! - 09-11-2014 by

When I was a teenager I had decent skin. I suffered the odd spot here and there but I never suffered from terrible breakouts or uneven skin. Cue adulthood and everything changed. Once I turned 24 my skin broke out terribly and ever since I've had break-outs galore and poor looking skin in general. Nothing I've used since has ever made a tangible or lasting difference.


I started using this a few weeks ago on a nightly basis and since starting, I've had one spot around that time of the month. That's it. One spot in four weeks? I haven't had such clear skin for two years probably.

I definitely recommend trying this product. It's cheap, it lasts and it works wonders. I'm kicking myself for not discovering it sooner.

good value - 14-09-2014 by

This product does just what you want it to without the hefty price tag that intricate packaging adds to skin care. The pump is easily manipulated for lots or little. I mix it with the vit C powder and get good results.

Results at a fraction of price you'd usually pay - 09-08-2014 by

Love Skinstitut Retinol! Feel I am getting all the benefits for half the price of similar brands I've tried before.

Skinstitut's Retinol gives me results without the hefty price tag, so I highly recommend.

This serum is amazing. - 26-07-2014 by

I love using Skinstitut Retinol - it is a gentle yet highly effective serum. It glides on so smoothly and absorbs quickly. I'm in my mid 40s and have noticed a real improvement in my skin's appearance since adding it to my night-time routine. Highly recommended.

Excellent - 01-07-2014 by

The product smells amazing. Because it's a serum you only need a tiny bit to cover the whole face and I love using it with their other products, like the Gentle Cleanser and the Glycolic 14% scrub.

Does the job without the high price tag - 30-06-2014 by

This product has a lovely texture and I notice the difference in my skin the next morning. It's effective yet gentle that I have not experienced any irritation or dryness that some retinol products can give. I am even able to use this every night without irritation. My only criticism is that although it smells nice it's got a very strong scent where I prefer to have little or no fragrance.

Lovely and affordable product - 12-05-2013 by

I love the smell of Skinstitut retinol and it's ease of application. You only need one pump to cover the whole face and you don't need to wait long for the product to melt into the skin. Have already noticed my skin becoming softer and brighter. This is a great product!

Made Noticeable Difference - 07-02-2013 by

This product is great, after just 1 or 2 applications I really felt and sore a difference in the appearance of my skin. You only need the smallest amount. I will look to buying their other products.

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  • From Skinstitut Retinol at 10/10/153:28 PM
    • Q: Hi, is this safe to use when pregnant?
    • A: Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your product question. I would consider this product unsafe to use during pregnancy, as it is a Retinol (Vitamin A) based product. We always advise taking the ingredients list of any product you are interested in to your doctor prior to use.

      I hope you have a great day, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our customer service team at

      Kind Regards,

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  • From Skinstitut Retinol at 20/04/168:21 AM
    • Q: Which step in the skin regime would this be applied?
    • A: Hi Vanessa,

      Thanks for your product question.

      The stage at which you'd apply the Skinstitut Retinol is entirely dependant on the rest of your routine. Retinol products should only be used at night and generally underneath a moisturiser. An SPF product must be worn during the day to avoid increased sensitivity to sun damage.

      If we can assist you further, please feel free to contact us at

      Kind Regards,

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  • From Skinstitut Retinol at 15/05/1612:51 PM
    • Q: What strength is the Retinol in this product?
    • A: Hi there,

      Thanks for your product question. The Skinstitut Retinol is a 1.25% potent encapsulated retinol which is the equivalent of 0.25% active Retinol.

      If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact our customer service team at, or by calling us on (03) 9486 7179.

      - Alexandra
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