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.


What is this retinol treatment formulated WITHOUT?


Skinstitut Retinol is crafted without parabens, synthetic colours or irritating artificial fragrance. It is a cruelty free formula.


Are there any special precautions one should take while using retinol?


Retinol increases photosensitivity, so using a broad spectrum sunscreen is especially important. As your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight while using retinol, it is also recommended that you use this retinol at night. Avoiding the eye area is best and it is advised to rinse thoroughly should you get the product into your eyes.


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Great - 15-11-2018 by

I have been diligently using this for a while now, every second evening and mixed in with the vitamin C from this range. Initially it would tingle on application however that did quickly subside. I love the results in the morning, I wake up with visibly fresher skin, it looks more even toned (my skin had redness and lots of pigmentation) and fresh. If I have had any hormonal breakouts, I find that in the morning after application, the breakouts are smaller and less red Like with most skincare, this takes time to see results however they do come through.

Great - 12-11-2018 by

I've been using this once a week for a few months now and my skin always feels nice the next day - I only use it once a week or fortnight because I find my skin peels the next day if I over use it. Great.

No results yet - 07-11-2018 by

I have the first signs of ageing and trying to combat these. I have been using this every second day for just over a week and have not noticed any change to my pesky ‘11’ lines, but the serum leaves my skin feeling smooth and plump, so i’m willing to continue to use it and see if I notice the effects more long term. I am not sure if I would recommend to a friend yet.

a necessary item in my beauty routine. - 06-11-2018 by

Good packaging, small lid but ok. Scent is unusual, you only need a pea sized amount per area of your face. I use this after Alpha Gold resurfacing cleanser at night time, Feels nice when applying, but dries quick so don’t use too much.
I believe because I use this in conjunction with the Alpha Gold my skin has never looked better. I was self conscious of the skin damage on my face previously, and would pack on the foundation and concealer. Now I use a lot less, because I feel a lot more confident as the sun damage has almost gone. Definitely will buy again without a second thought. Great price for a product that delivers!

No difference after use - 29-10-2018 by

I purchased this product to help with blemishes. Using as part of the Skinstitut 5 a-day, after a month I didn't notice a difference, only a slight change in skin tone around the outside of my face and not the T-zone. I don't know much about retinol products but wouldn't purchase any retinol products again.

Excellent product, great price - 24-10-2018 by

Love this product. I use it in conjunction with the Vitamin C powder every night and haven't had any issues with redness or breakouts. Feels amazing on your skin and the price is super competitive. Can't fault it.

Great retinol - 23-10-2018 by

Started using this for pigmentation and it’s great. It’s gentle enough that doesn’t send my skin red. Great for a retinol starter. I now have noticed some difference with pigmentation and even some with fine lines. Skin can break out or dry out in first 2-3 weeks of using but stick with it as that means it’s working and it stops and skin looks great. Amazing price too

Great for pigmentation - 23-10-2018 by

I have noticed a reduction in my facial pigmentation after using this product in conjunction with the Skinstitut Vit C powder. I use it every second night, as nightly appears to be too much for my skin.

Impressed - 22-10-2018 by

This is the first skinsitut product I ever purchased, and I still continue to use it today. It’s small but lasts a while when used sparingly, it spreads well on the skin so you don’t need a lot. Since using I’ve noticed a huge reduction in pore size (especially on my nose) and reduced blackheads/breakouts. It can be a little drying so do follow with a moisteriser.

Didn’t notice a difference in my skin - 18-10-2018 by

My main skin concern is fine lines and wrinkles which is why I bought this. After frequent use for over a month, I didn’t notice any difference in my skin. Wouldn’t repurchase

Clear skin, not too irritating - 18-10-2018 by

I bought this product for pore size and fine lines (anti aging) rather than acne. I gave combinatiom skin, prominent pores and beginnings of fine lines

Not much is needed and I was impressed with the relatively low irritation. It's not as stinging as most retinols. Great for layering, smooth, easy to mix with hyaluronic serum to take the edge off initial sting

After a short time of use it's kept my skin clear, but I'm not sure if the anti ageing properties are really kicking in yet. Certainly my face feels clearer. Unfortunately like most retinols one cannot expect overnight miracles - it only reduces the look of pores slightly. At least it's affordable with few side effects

Effective but doesn’t irritate - 18-10-2018 by

I’ve used this for two years and it’s still effective but doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I tried the ordinary retinol but this is so much better! And the price is definitely reasonable. I can now use it every second or third night for maintenance and just mix in a little serum, moisturiser or even a few drops of micellar water and my skin is glowing in the morning. If you notice it’s too irritating definitely try this step to ease into it.

Would buy again - 17-10-2018 by

This is an affordable option for those who can't afford higher end retinols such as Cosmedix Serum 16 featuring LG Retinex (which my from experience provided me with better results than Skinstitut Retinol). I still enjoy this retinol product and I use it every other night. One thing I will say is be cautious if you have very sensitive skin like I do. Sometimes when I put it on it can make my skin sting for a little while but that eventually goes away. All in all, it is a decent product for the price you pay.

A little goes a long way! - 17-10-2018 by

This is a great value product because you only need a tiny amount. In fact, using too much is a bit risky as it can lead to dryness and breakouts (however that works!?). I have oily skin so dryness isn’t a problem, but you can definitely notice the drying effects here. I think so long as you only use a small amount, and maybe only every second or third day to start with, it’ll be fine and works out as one of the best value Retinol products available.

Affordable retinol on the market - 17-10-2018 by

Its great for aging skin with moderate adult acne. It really does tighten the skin. However skin can feel quite dry and tight after a few usage. A little goes a long way and I like to apply a face oil after this serum to ease the dryness.

Good - 17-10-2018 by

Ok so this is so good! Really just a small amount of product is needed and it does a great job.

It works! - 15-10-2018 by

You can really feel this product working with just a small amount. A small tingling was felt with a little redness but after a few times using that went away. Small positive changes were noticed straightaway after using.

Good but didn't love it - 12-10-2018 by

I have sensitive, acne prone skin and I actually think this made me break out more. I liked the price point and read all the reviews raving about the product. Didn't make me too sun sensitive but I do think that it caused a lot more break outs. I had very sore skin around my eyes and near my nose while I used this product, which I found odd. Won't be purchasing again.

Really works - 11-10-2018 by

This retinol by skinstitut really evens out skin tone and feels amazing on the skin . You can really feel it working . Only a tiny amount is needed . Highly recommend.

Love this product - 11-10-2018 by

Another skinstitute favourites, this product is incredible for dining out lines and reducing red marks from blemishes. Highly recommend

works like magic - 05-10-2018 by

This product is just magic thing you can try in modern world. This is the first serum which i actually felt worked on my acne prone skin. I had a whole last year as well as this year dealing with acne and scars. I have used just one tube in last few months and my dark red and black acne scars are very light now. I would highly recommend this stuff who had scar issue, but they need to be consistent with spf use during this process. Love this product!!!!

Tightens Skin - 05-10-2018 by

I am using the 5 step skinstitut regime that includes this product. This product helps tighten the skin and help the colour to even out. However, i can only use it once a week due to it tightening my skin so much that I break out in tiny little pimples straight after using this product.

Good but not WOW - 05-10-2018 by

I was expecting this to make my skin look amazing but I think I had my hopes up. It feels nice going on but I honestly don’t know that this product alone has made much difference. I still like it and will continue to use but do have a slight doubt.

Just lovely - 04-10-2018 by

I use this in combination with other Skinstitut products (100% Vitamin C powder, cleanser, and the ultra firming face and neck cream) and just love it. I've never had any irritation, despite having sensitive skin, and swear that this line of products has significantly decreased skin break outs since I've started using it. The retinol in particular makes my skin glow and is so lovely to put on. Love it.

LIFE CHANGER - 02-10-2018 by

In one word: magic. I am a 26 year old woman who has been slack with suncare and has spent many hours of her life surfing/ sunbaking under the relentless Australian sun. I was concerned that my skin was just looking dull, pigmented, 'rough' in a way, uneven, red and irritated with fine lines and some acne/ acne scarring. I was not feeling like a young woman, my skin felt dull and gross. That is, until Skinstitut Retinol entered my life. Ladies- cannot recommend enough. This product is an all out face miracle. It has cleared my skin into a single tone, all but eliminated my acne scars, cleared up any acne and pimples (I think I've had one pimple since I started using it regularly- normally use it every night after cleansing, before moisturising), reduced my fine lines, faded my pigmentation and made my skin look youthful again. It's just unbelievable. Ladies, pleasssssssse try this. It saved my skin and I hope it can save yours too. Price is also great, and it lasts ages. 100% Skinstitut forever.

Fantastic - 02-10-2018 by

Love the texture, scent and effects of this product.

Much nicer on skin then prescription vit A - 02-10-2018 by

I tried this after have issues with using prescription vitamin a on my sensitive skin (at my dermatologist recommendation). I developed instant redness and peeling after using the prescription on for a year or so. This one is much more gentle and I notice my skin feels smoother

Great for spots and fine lines - 27-09-2018 by

I ordered this to help treat spots and hormonal break outs - it does wonders! I’ve reordered 3 times and I’ve noticed a great overall improvement in my complexion also.

A great inclusion in my skin care routine! - 25-09-2018 by

I have sensitive skin, and have found using this every couple of days, alternating with the Even blend serum, has done wonders for my skin! Helps to keep my skin clear

Disappointing - 24-09-2018 by

I have used Skinstitut products before and have been quite pleased with them. I bought this product based off the reviews, but found that I didn't experience any of the same results as other people. When I first used it, it kind of made a difference. I started using it every other night, as recommended, but found then found it didn't make any difference. I've almost finished the product so I could leave a more honest review, because I thought maybe I'd start seeing differences to some of my faint acne scarring and general skin tone over time; but alas, I've seen none. I'm going to fully finish the product and then go without for a while to see if it really has made any difference to my skin that I hadn't noticed, but at this point, I can see myself probably not buying this product again. It's a nice and smooth application, but that's about it. I find it more helpful to apply vitamin E oil to all my acne scarring now. I do like other Skinstitut products though!

Lives up to the reviews - 21-09-2018 by

This product really helped my breakout and reduced redness around my nose. It does take a little getting used to and you have to be careful to only use at night!

Love it! - 17-09-2018 by

This product improves skins appearance, my skin took a little getting used to at first but very soon was used to it and continue to use regularly.

Amazing - 13-09-2018 by

I was always very sceptical about using products with such active ingredients and always wanted to take a more natural, holistic approach but having troublesome skin the best decision I made was starting Skinstitut.

The retinol has evened out my complexion and faded darker marks I had from scarring. It leaves your skin feeling fresher, cleaner and clearer.

So far, so great! - 13-09-2018 by

I’ve had a lot of troubles in the past finding a serum that doesn’t leave me oily or prone to further breakouts. I’ve only been using it for about 3 weeks and can notice a reduction in redness and a smoother complexion and it doesn’t burn my skin. Would recommend!

So good - 13-09-2018 by

I have combination skin and am currently trying to slow down the ageing process of my skin so i purchased this. So far it has worked incredibly well in not only reducing pigmentation and fine lines but also clearing any blemishes from my skin. I would definitely recommend this retinol serum.

It works - 13-09-2018 by

this retinol cream is not only affordable but it does work. It helps to brighten my skin and make it look fresher. It helps to dry out any spots as well. I use it weekly or when I feel my skin needs a bit of TLC.

Fantastic! - 11-09-2018 by

Love this product as it reduces fine lines

My fav skinstitut product - 11-09-2018 by

My skin always feels tight plump clean and clear after using this serum. It’s probably my most favourite skinstitut product.

Fabulous product - 10-09-2018 by

One of the best products I've used, made difference to lines, plumpness of face and clears up any blemishes. Only need small amount 3 or 4 nights a week so lasts ages. I use it with the Vitamin C powder, highly recommend.

Already making a difference - 07-09-2018 by

I’ve been using this about a week now and I can already see a difference in my fine lines and major lines. Very light and non greasy texture. This is the first anti ageing product that hasn’t made me break out!

Great product - 06-09-2018 by

I've gone through about 4 tubes of this product now and it's safe to say it's a staple in my collection. The first few uses I had a lot of peeling (make sure to avoid eye area) Having used this for over 18 months I no longer get peeling but instead it leaves my skin feeling smooth and any light pigmentation or blemish I have is erased. It can sometimes be a little drying so I also make sure to use a good moisturiser afterwards. For reference I have combo/oily skin with large pores and some fine lines. I'm 38 and fair skinned.

Fantastic! - 05-09-2018 by

After switching over to this retinol product from using medically prescribed Retrieve cream, there is no turning back. A far superior and effective form of Vitamin A.

Did not do anything - 05-09-2018 by

I have combo oily skin with pigmentation. It felt lovely on the skin but did nothing for any pigmentation or post acne scarring. Will not repurchased

Best retinol product out there - 30-08-2018 by

Such a great price for the quality. Sinks into the skin quickly. I can be sensitive at times and haven't had any problems with this product. Love it.

love - 30-08-2018 by

LOVE IT! only a small amount is required!

Meh - 30-08-2018 by

This product really didn't do anything for me other than dry out my skin. I really wanted to like it but it was just a waste of money for me personally. I didn't see any noticeable changes, my skin didn't look or feel any better. Big disappointment!

Great product - 27-08-2018 by

Been buying this for three years

Fixed fine lines I was starting to develop - 25-08-2018 by

A great retinol to start with, not too strong and easy to use
Got rid of fine lines starting to develop on my forehead and helped smooth my skin

Love this! - 23-08-2018 by

Such a wonderful product. Feels smooth on application and really works wonders when my skin is playing up. Definitely recommend

Awesome - 22-08-2018 by

Didnt notice it makes such a different until i used it with Alpha H Liquid Gold!!!

I use them both together and it made my 10 years of acne prone skin under control.
Now just finished my first one and buying a second one;)

Noticeable Difference - 21-08-2018 by

My skin looked a lot less inflamed and my acne settled within the first few days of using this product. Have only had the product for a couple of weeks but I definitely feel like it's making a difference.

Unsure - 14-08-2018 by

Maybe it's too early to tell, but I purchased this with a range of Skinstitut products a few weeks ago now and was so excited given the reviews. I had previously tried a sample of Sunday Riley Luna Oil and thought this would be a cheaper alternative of retinol but I haven't found that it's helped that much, unfortunately. It burns a little when I put it on and I haven't really had the effects that the other reviewers seemed to! I've given it three stars as I will keep using it and see if it's just that I haven't given it enough time.

Great product - 14-08-2018 by

I am 53 years old turning 54 and my skin is good for my age and retinol is a great product to assist. Only use of an evening and always use a natural block out for your face during the day.

So happy! - 14-08-2018 by

I have been using the for a few weeks now and I have to say that I really love it. I have been using this every night. My skin feels amazing and smooth. I have noticed a softening of the wrinkles on my forehead. My face has a lovely glow about it that people are noticing. I use this in conjunction with firming eye and neck cream and it seems to be working! So happy! I will be repurchasing once I have used it all up.

Alternative to benzoyl peroxide - 14-08-2018 by

I am in my 30s and have been using BP to keep my hormonal acne under control for about 10 years. Its efficiently has waned over time (inevitable) and I am also tired of the colouring - not just redness / irritation / dryness but a brown, deadening of the skin. I used this product as an intro to retinol to improve colouring and prevent acnes. It has succeeded in both to a good extent. It's a milder product than BP, so less dryness occurs, and it smells nice (like green tea). The recommended pea-sized amount covers the bottom half of my face. I can use this every day and not experience flaking, it's not strong enough to stop pimples that have formed however and is more of a preventative. I think the price is good value as the tube lasts a long time.

Perfection - 13-08-2018 by

At 50+ this has become my miracle cream. I’ve been using since only May and my skin appears glowing, fresh and young. Fine lines are reduced and face is plumped. This is now a staple in my routine (along with multi active oil, 14% scrub, vit C) Until this year I’ve always purchased ‘high end’ products but never again, I’m a skinstitut convert.

Perfect - 13-08-2018 by

I was hesitant about buying the Retinol because I have sensitive skin, but this combined with the Skinstitut Moisture Defence - Ultra Dry has made my skin the best it has been in a long time. My face is hydrated and smooth when I wake up in the morning and definitely starting to see fine lines disappear.

Skin looks and feels fantastic - 13-08-2018 by

Just the tiniest amount, great value for money and great results. I have ageing skin in my mid forties, previously only ever used top end of the market skin care products.

Perfect - 13-08-2018 by

This has just the correct amount of retinol as as not to sting your face and neck. Some retinols are harsh but this is very pleasant to use. No stinging.

Great Product! - 08-08-2018 by

I started using this product a few months ago and its really great for helping with scaring from congestion and acne. My skin always feels great the next morning. Usually I use the Lactic Cleanser and then apply this afterwards before I go to sleep. Sometimes I will add a little bit of the Skinstitut vitamin C powder. Great product - just like a lot of other products from Skinstitut - would 100% recommend trying.

Great value for money - 08-08-2018 by

Retinol is a new product that I have included in my skin care regime. I find that I only need to use it once a day as can be alittle tingly on my face. However within a week or so my skin has cleared and my pore size has reduced considerably. No other product has worked as fast as this one and I have been trying to reduce my pore size for years!

Great for my congested skin - 08-08-2018 by

I developed congested skin around the time I turned 30 and find including Vitamin A in my skin care routine really helps keep this at bay. I love that this product is affordable and effective. I use it every second night mixed with my moisturizer and have great results.

Great, mild retinol - 07-08-2018 by

I use this every second night and my skin is so soft! Now I only get the odd hormonal breakout and I’ve been able to come off the pill without my skin breaking out. Love it!

First time using Retinol products - 07-08-2018 by

This is my first time using a retinol product and so far have been using this every second night for nearly two weeks. I think I would need to use it for a longer period of time to see some results but so far nothing. It stings a little when I first put it on but only briefly and has not reacted badly with my skin. From what I have read about retinol products they can cause some reactions to your skin so I feel that this was a gentle starter retinol. Once this is finished and my skin is used to the retinol I may buy a slightly stronger product to use next time. I am nearly 40 with dry skin.

Fantastic for pigmentation and scars - 02-08-2018 by

This has to be the best product for treating pigmentation and scars because I have seen a huge improvement in my skin after only a few uses. The product smells absolutely beautiful, it has such a pleasant and relaxing scent to it. Although I find the texture a tad difficult to apply to my face, it has definitely lightened up some of my stubborn scars and also lightened up some of my freckles!! I thought the Blended Serum was great until I used this which is even more effective! At the moment, I am alternating between the two which seems to work really well :)

Ok - 30-07-2018 by

I found this to be ok for the price you pay, quite an affordable product but it has a slight cheap feeling on my skin. My skin is sensitive. It is a reasonably effective retinoid. This is good if you want to try retinoids without paying a lot.

Amazing product - 24-07-2018 by

Have tried other serums but when others notice how great your skin looks you cant help but acknowledge "this is an amazing product".

Great product! - 18-07-2018 by

Absolutely love this product! I have dry skin that is quite sensitive and can be acne prone. Using this every night has made a huge difference to my skin. It clears up any blemishes quickly and has improved the overall appearance of my skin. I did have to work up to using it every night, as my skin is quite sensitive and I worked out quite quickly you only need to use a small amount. I have now also started mixing in the vitamin c a couple of times a week. I would highly recommend and will definitely be buying again and again!

Great retinol for dark pigmentation - 18-07-2018 by

I was recommended this retinol to lighten my underarms pigmentation area. Apply a pea size amount mixed with the vitamin C powder for effective results. I have started to notice a slight lighter underarm area. I will continue to use for long term results.

Great for pigmentation/texture - 17-07-2018 by

I have been using this every other night for a while now and have seen a very noticeable difference in the texture and tone of my skin. The nights that I don’t use this serum I use the Skinstitut Even Blend and the duo are all that I am looking for in my serums. The Retinol is a super boost for the pigmentation issues I am left with from my break outs. I find that my skin heals so much quicker with this product in my regimen.
I do hate the packaging of this product though. The pop top is quite stiff and makes dispensing the right amount of product difficult and annoying - I have de-potted into a travel container but would love Skinstitut to invest in a small pump on these bottles

Not sure! - 17-07-2018 by

I’ve been using this for a while now. I haven’t noticed any huge difference but have noticed a little. For the price I think that it’s good value but I might try another retinol next time to see the difference. I have combo skin.

Best retinol product I've used! - 17-07-2018 by

I have combination skin and as I head into my mid-thirties, the use of the Skinstitut Retinol has helped to reduce my fine lines including smile lines and crows feet around the eyes. I was using The Ordinary retinoid which didn't do anything, then changed to Paula's Choice 1% Retinol Boost, but it made my skin burn and I couldn't use it everyday like the Skinstitut Retinol. Since Paula's Choice removed their vegan-friendly labelling, it was a no brainer to switch to this one and I am SO glad I did! I won't be switching from Skinstitut as long as they remain vegan-friendly :) So happy with how my skin has been looking and feeling, it's much clearer since switching to Skinstitut products!

Best single skin care product I’ve ever bought. - 16-07-2018 by

I started using Skinstitut Retinol over a year ago and will never look back. This is hands down the best single skin care product I have ever used. I have combination skin, very prone to hormonal breakouts and due to my olive complexion, I’m also very prone to pigmentation. No other product has ever worked so effectively to seriously reduce my breakouts. Also, if I do have a breakout, after using this retinol overnight, it’s noticeably diminished. I find it also works well to reduce pigmentation. I don’t know how it does it, but after using it each night, my skin is clearer, smoother, and somehow softer in the morning. I’d never used retinol before but even though I went straight to using it every night, I never had any redness or irritation from it. It’s amazing value for money. Wouldn’t be without it.

Good but still searching for something better - 16-07-2018 by

This pruduct is good. I used it in conjuction with the vitamin c powder. However, i feel i got the same results when i mixed the vitamin c powder with other serums. So i am not sure if this was doing much for my skin. Its a great price point to include a retinol in your skincare routine so I will continue to use it till I find something better.

Glad I started using retinol - 13-07-2018 by

My skin texture is incredible since using this, Its not even like my skin anymore! I'm so impressed at the benefits of retinol and never thought I would be this happy with my skin

Great Retinol Serum! - 13-07-2018 by

I’ve used this product a few times and it's effective and works well for fine lines. Very affordable too!

Has helped with wrinkes - 12-07-2018 by

Since using this has actually helped with a couple of wrinkles on my forehead, they are not gone but they are less deep and noticeable, I also have noticed a considerable improvement in the texture and tone of my skin as well as not getting as many breakouts as I used to, I am really happy with this :)

Great product - 10-07-2018 by

I’ve been using this product for two years. It’s amazing. I’ve been told at facials my skin has improved. Less fine lines and great pre- ageing product. Fantastic price and last a long time.

like this a lot! - 09-07-2018 by

I have combination skin with a fair bit of dark spots, discolouration and enlarged pores. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin after using this. My skin looks brighter and my skin is more even and glowing. I have also noticed my pores appear to be a lot smaller. In my opinion, this is a really good and effective retinol and is a really affordable price. I highly recommend this and the other products from the skinstitut range.

Good Results - 09-07-2018 by

I’ve seen an improvement with my skin! I use this before I exfoliate and it really does help to get rid of my bumpy skin.

Fav Skinstitut Product - 05-07-2018 by

I love all of the skinstitut range but this is one product i always keep coming back too!
Super affordable and better than similar products ive tried that are triple the price!

You get what you pay for - 02-07-2018 by

Meh. It's ok. It was my first experience with retinol (I didn't want to commit to something pricier in case I didn't like it) and I thought it was great when I first started using it. Since then, I've upgraded to some better brands and realised that this product doesn't even compare to higher-end products.
In short: it is a cheaper product. You get what you pay for. Don't expect miracles. But it's certainly better than nothing. And I mean, if I have to budget on my skin care in the future, I would still buy it. It's just not my first choice now that I've experienced what's out there.

Tightened my pores in days - 30-06-2018 by

I absolutely love this serum. I have quite large pores and oily skin, which often leads to breakouts. It also seems to leave my skin looking really glowy and shiny. Just be sure to put moisturiser on straight after as sometimes it can leave your skin feeling a bit tight. Also be careful if you've just scrubbed your skin or are a bit sunburned as it can burn a bit on damaged skin.

A skin changer - 30-06-2018 by

I have been using Skinstitut products for the last 6 months in the lead up to my wedding and I could not be happier.

I have oily skin and am prone to breakouts, but the Retinol has been a true skin changer.

I use this product every night after cleansing. On alternate nights I will mix in s shake of the Vitamin C powder also made by Skinstitut.

My skin is soft, supple and glowing. I have never in my life had so many comments from friends and family about how great my skin looks.

I have also found that my face does not look like an oil slick at 3pm under my make up since using Skinstitut's retinol.

Great! - 28-06-2018 by

I have dry/combination skin and bought this to even out my skin. Having never used a retinol before I found this really great as it is so effective in clearing my skin. This product does what it says and I would recommend it, as it was recommended to me by my facialist.

Effective! - 26-06-2018 by

After repurchasing The Ordinary's retinoid 2% serum over and over again, I decided to give another brand a go as my face reacted really well to TO's retinoid. Definitely no regrets in purchasing this retinol from skinstitut! It has more of a creamy formula as oppose to TO's liquid formula. I've seen faster results in healing acne and fading acne marks with this one if paired with Stintitut Vitamin C powder! Together, they're a power duo!

One of my favourite products - 25-06-2018 by

I'm in my 60's and had dehydrated skin. I use this every night & mix in vit C powder with itr. It goes on smoothly and doesn't sting or redden my skin. I then use moisturiser. My skin has improved a lot since I started using skinstitute products daily.

Gentle but effective! - 21-06-2018 by

I really like this- is goes on really nice and smooth on the skin. I have used a few other retinol and retinoids and this is the first on that I like and is fairly affordable.

I get a slight flush to the skin right after applying but nothing uncomfortable. I have noticed that my skin is looking a bit brighter and smoother.

I have tried mixing with the vitamin C powder from Skinstitut - I'm not a fan of the packaging of the power - and find that this retinol serum gives good effects on its own. Will repurchase.

Vitamin A is a must have for all! - 19-06-2018 by

This product is so nice for the skin, it helps rejuvenate and repair the skin. Great for scarring and pigmentation as well as antiaging!

100% Recommend - 19-06-2018 by

My skin therapist suggested I give this a go and I have never looked back. This retinol has reduced the amount of blemishes I would usually have, and makes my skin feel youthful and fresh.

Best $30 spent - 18-06-2018 by

This was my first retinol product and I was hesitant to give it a go, hearing that it can cause irritation etc. I think this one must be quite gentle but still effective. I use it at night a couple of times a week. Pop it on before bed (long after I've applied my moisturiser) and wake up to clear skin! Its fading my pigmentation from pregnancy and reducing fine lines on my forehead, reducing pores on my nose, all for $30! Way cheaper than botox!

Excellent for adult acne - 13-06-2018 by

Retinol is my favourite skinstitut product. Instant results for my acne and scarring of blemishes.

No more sun spots - 12-06-2018 by

After using this product I noticed I now have no more sunspots
Totally recommend this product as I never thought u could get rid of sun spots
Worked for me I will always be purchasing it makes skin feel youthful

Fave in my skincare regime - 07-06-2018 by

This is a product I know I always count on.
I am now on my second tube, and don't seem myself switching anytime soon.

Initially, I purchased the product because I am in my early twenties and I wanted a retinol product (not too strong) at a good price as a preventative measure against ageing, and to assist in healing pigmentation/uneven skin tone.

And this product has definitely done all of the above!!

I use it in the evenings, every 3-4 days. And I always wake up with plump, moisturised skin.

Sometimes if my skin is more oily than usual (I have combination skin), I might apply this product more regularly and it is effective in preventing acne/breakouts.

Works but dodgy packaging - 01-06-2018 by

I use this a lot and it does work but I hate the packaging I don’t know if I got a dodgy one or not but it leaks all in the lid I’ve cleaned and sealed it but it still leaks so annoying! :( it does work though reduces acne and helps my scarring just remember to moisturise, use only at night and not too often or else you’ll dry your skin out

Love the product, new packaging needs to be considered - 24-05-2018 by

Absolutely loving this product. My skin is oily with lots of blackheads and after only using every other day for a few weeks my skin tone is nicer and my blackheads are less noticeable.

I would suggest however that new packaging should be considered. Once I squeeze out the desired amount when closing the lid a whole lot more product squeezes out. I am churning through more of this product than I would like to.

great quality and price - 23-05-2018 by

i use this 3-4 times a week at night and i find that the next morning my redness from any blemishes has gone down dramatically and calmed the skin.
i think its a great product especially the price. It doesn't sting like others do also so thats a bonus!

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.

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