Skinstitut Retinol 30ml
4.5 of 285 reviews
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4.5 of 285 reviews
90% recommend this product
Most Helpful Positive
Have been using this for almost 6 months now. Noticed that my pigmentation and acne scars are less noticeable and my face and fine lines are generally filled out. Also the texture is nice and hydrating. Use this with the vitamin c powder and it’s a winner!
Most Helpful Criticism
It's no ride or die, but nice enough!
I have oily, acne prone skin and this did help to settle blemishes a little bit. The formula is a light gel and has a natural, botanical smell. It's comfortable on the skin and dries down quite well without being too sticky. I found that if I used it night after night, my skin got a little bit irritated so I would stick to the recommended 2-3 uses per week. I did notice that when I woke up the next day after applying, I was considerably more oily than normal. Overall, not bad for a retinol and I definitely noticed that it calmed down redness and seemed to help blemishes heal more quickly. It didn't stop the acne, but helped to even my complexion and stopped my skin from looking so angry. After a month of regular use to test it out, I don't find myself reaching for the Skinstitut Retinol regularly but I like to apply it every now and then to help tone down the appearance of an acne flare up! If you're looking to try out a retinol, this is a great one to start out with as it's relatively well-priced, quite gentle when used according to instructions, and you will notice a difference!
GoodThis product has helped clear some of my light acne scars and it leaves my skin looking smooth. I only use this a few days a week though as it can be a bit harsh on the skin
Love itHave been using this for almost 6 months now. Noticed that my pigmentation and acne scars are less noticeable and my face and fine lines are generally filled out. Also the texture is nice and hydrating. Use this with the vitamin c powder and it’s a winner!
Immediate effects!!I have been using the Skinstitut retinol only for a couple of weeks alternate nights with TO Vit C and my skin is already brighter and fuller with each use. It does sometimes feel a little itchy so I would recommend only using a couple of times a week until your skin adapts but overall am very impressed.
Great productHave been using this for over a year and it’s great for acne prone skin! Not too sure if it really fades or helps with acne scarring but definitely helps clear the skin up
Smooth Silky SkinLove the texture and smell of this!
It has really helped the texture of my skin however I do think it my not be as strong as some other options out there. I kind of like that however it is comforting to my skin and pares well with a less frequent intensive treatment.
Good retinol product!!I’ve used a few different retinol products and this is one of my favourites. I have oily skin and some minor breakouts which this helps with a lot! Keeps my skin nice and smooth!
AmazingIntegral part of my night routine - I use it under the ASAP night cream on alternating nights to Alpha-H Liquid Gold.
Keeps my skin clear and fresh, and seems to be helping with pigmentation.
So far so good!I've only been using this serum for a few weeks, slowly building myself up to get my skin used to it but so far I'm really happy with it! I've noticed on the nights I use this serum the next morning my skin looks much clearer and feels much smoother, so i'm looking forward to seeing what continued use produces! Love Skinstitut I haven't found a product of theirs I dont love
It's no ride or die, but nice enough!I have oily, acne prone skin and this did help to settle blemishes a little bit. The formula is a light gel and has a natural, botanical smell. It's comfortable on the skin and dries down quite well without being too sticky. I found that if I used it night after night, my skin got a little bit irritated so I would stick to the recommended 2-3 uses per week. I did notice that when I woke up the next day after applying, I was considerably more oily than normal. Overall, not bad for a retinol and I definitely noticed that it calmed down redness and seemed to help blemishes heal more quickly. It didn't stop the acne, but helped to even my complexion and stopped my skin from looking so angry. After a month of regular use to test it out, I don't find myself reaching for the Skinstitut Retinol regularly but I like to apply it every now and then to help tone down the appearance of an acne flare up! If you're looking to try out a retinol, this is a great one to start out with as it's relatively well-priced, quite gentle when used according to instructions, and you will notice a difference!
Helped with break outsThis helped me so much with my break out prone skin!kept it at bay
Acne scarsI suffer from pigmentation and have acne prone skin. Ive been using this product for 4 weeks now and can say my skin is brighter, the pigmentation from acne scarring has gone lighter and slowly fading away. Although, i will say in the first 2 weeks of using it, it did cause a bit of flaking around my mouth and nose (even though I started off using it twice a week) but now it’s smoother and feels like I’ve got new skin. Would definitely recommend!!
Keep coming backI have used this product on and off for years and just keep coming back to it. I have normal but very blemish prone skin. It has definitely helped with keeping break outs at bay, even my hormonal ones! The consistency is very lightweight and fast absorbing. Giving it 4 stars because the packaging can be difficult to work with and sometimes too much product comes out and even after all these years, I still have trouble getting out just the right amount.
Love this productAfter having a break to try another product I have come back to this product I forgot how good it was am loving this product more than ever
Harsh on sensitive skinAbit harsh on the skin. Good if your skin isn’t that sensitive’
BACK FOR MORE!I used to buy this product regularly but I wanted to try one of The Ordinary's retinols because I had heard good things.
So I tried there 0.5% Retinol in Squalane - and was seriously dissatisfied (the texture was so oily and would sit on top of the skin).
That experience made me realise how truly amazing this Skinstitut Retinol is...so I am coming straight back to it!
The texture of this serum is fantastic - is absorbs brilliantly. It has got lots of other fabulous ingredients which meant that whenever I used it I would wake up the next morning with smooth, plump skin. Also, it kept any blemishes at bay.
Would recommend to anyone!
Great Everyday RetinolI have used different serums and retinols before, having loved some and had reactions to some also. This one has been a pleasure to use! Its light and medium type thickness, soaks in beautifully and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. When I wake in the morning my 39 yr old skin feels like a baby's bum! Love It :)
Great improvement in my skinI've seen such a dramatic improvement in my skin since I started using this product. I would recommend it.
greati use this twice a week at night. you can see the differences in the morning. Strongly recommend if you have ageing skin. Great price point too.
Love thisThis product makes my skin feel wonderful. I’m 49 and have only started using this products in the last few years and has become a must. I love the skinstitut brand and buy their products for my teenage daughter. Very effective and affordable
Makes my skin feel amazing!This product makes my skin feel so soft and amazing. I use every other night and have noticed less spots since using. Price for a retinol product is A+
Love this Retinol!I usually mix this product with the Skinstitut Vitamin C powder & it works amazingly together! I can see an improvement on my skin after a short time of using it already!
Make sure you don't apply too much though as this product is very potent - it work great with my sensitive skin too and my skin seems to love it. I would recommend this product to all
Amazing, Amazing, Amazing Product.I can't believe how clean my face feels. Highly recommended this product in addition to the addition products form the brand.
You won't be disappointed.
I really like the instructions this product has on the packaging. The info on the website really assisted with my picking the products that I needed.
good product for sensitive skinreally great quality retinol, has helped reduce the fine lines around my eyes within a month or two
First time user and couldn't be happierCurrently 28 years old and looking step my skin care regime to include more corrective treatments. Decided the skinstitut retinol would be a great starting point and I couldn't be happier I noticed a change in my skin within a few uses not to heavy on my skin. No over powering scent.
AmazingI’ve had some hormonal pimples coming up along my jawline so I decided to give this a go.
The next day the pimples seemed like they had reduced in size quite a lot, and by day 2 they were completely gone.
When you put this on you can feel it actively working! But definitely need sun care the next day - When I don’t reapply my sunscreen early enough, I can feel my skin getting hot after using this the night before.
It is a good product.I use a stronger retinol when I was dramatic results, but I use this one to maintain results until my skin plays up again. It feels nice on the skin and I use it every night with no problems. Their Gycolic facial wash I use a few times a week. Their vitamin C is a great price to add to this product too. I will always continue to use their products!
Plump and even skin when I wake upI use this product every night as it really helps keep my skin clear, even and plump. I love the feel of this product when applying, it's so smooth and sinks in very nicely. I can't believe how low the price is for this product considering how well it works. This is probably my favourite step in my night time routine.
Definitely worth the moneySuch a great product... I use this once or twice a week before bed, wash It off in the morning and my skin feels amazing.
Definitely a go to profile xx
Best retinolI've been using this for years and would never try another! It's not too strong on the skin and perfect for combination skin
High potency retinol for a great priceShrinks pores, tones skin and keeps those fine lines at bay.
I absolutely love this product and will buy it over and over
Feels like a face liftLifts and tightens skins, pores appear smaller
Love ThisGreat for clearing acne and scars! Creates a bright and even skin tone
Actually worksclears and brightens skin complexion
Favourite ProductsI use this a few times a week before bed and my skins feels so fresh and clear once i wash it in the morning
Nice productI have been using this product for about 2 months now, every other night mixed with the Vitamin C powder and my skin looks really fresh and plump in the morning. It is also good at keeping blemishes at bay. I will definitely keep using.
Helped stubborn issuesI've been using this retinol for about 5 weeks, every other day. While I haven't seen many dramatic results my textured skin has smoothed quite a bit even in this relatively short time.
The major yes moment I had with this is with stubborn whiteheads. I had 1 quite randomly appear in each cheek about a year ago, and nothing had gotten rid of them. After 4 weeks of using this I woke up one day and one had entirely disappeared, the skin was flat and quite red, but this disappeared about 4 days later, while the other is far less obvious, flattening quite a bit.
If you're struggling with texture or whiteheads I would definitely recommend giving this a go, particularly for the low price point!
Smells IncredibleThe Retinol serum is a beautiful product- it feels great on my skin and smell amazing! just be careful around the eyes as it can dry out the thin part of your skin, but otherwise this product is highly recommended.
Great!Love this product , shrinks pores, wrinkles, lines etc
Tones skin nicely. No complaints! Will buy again
Great to use at night before bedI like this retinol. I have used other brands which I prefer over this one. I use it nightly before bed. Not sure if I have noticed a major difference in my skin. But I am always up for new products to try
Actually worksThis product has really settled my inflamed skin and works well with the other skinstitut products. Will continue to use as I have gotten the best results from this!
Cleared stubborn whiteheadsI've been using this retinol, mixed with the ordinart vitamin c for about 4 weeks as I have had 2 completely stubborn whiteheads, one on each cheek for about 2 years (I know, but nothing worked). I decided to given retinol a try post pregnacy before visiting a dermatologist.
I wouldn't usually review skincare after a month but I woke up this morning and one of these bumps had just ... disappeared, leaving a very small pimple which is almost gone now.
If youre struggling with bumps or acne i would defintely recommend trying these two together (start slow). Be persistent though as things may get worse before they improve,
Great starting product for introduction to retinolThis is the first retinol product that I used for a while before moving on to stronger products. It’s great for people just starting out on retinol so I’d definitely recommend it for first timers!
Basic productThis product is good if you are just maintaining your already clear skin, but if you have problem areas then this is not strong enough. Also the lid leaks.
Perfect place to start with retinolRecently switched to skinstitute product. This is the perfect retinol cream to start with. I love mixing in the vitamin c powder at night and have found it has improved the texture of my skin. Have repurchase a second tube but will properly try something stronger when the second runs out
Very Effective!This Retinol serum does a fantastic job at clearing up my hard to treat acne. It has also been great at healing my acne scars as well. I got recommended this by my skin therapist and I haven't looked back! It has done wonders for my skin and isn't too strong for my sensitive skin.
GREATI have acenic skin, I brought the product because I heard retinol reduces breakouts and evens out skin and this product definately does! Would recommend to anyone with acneic skin.
Cult favouriteSkinstitut products especially this retinol formula, are my absolute favourite. This product really fades and prevents pigmentation incredibly fast and quite noticeably. One of my favourite products
Great productLove this product. I noticed an improvement in my skin very quickly
EhThis was ok! Definitely not for sensitive skin..
Transformed my skinI had tiny little bumps on my forehead for ages, and no matter what product I used they would never go away. Until I found skinstitut retinol - honestly fixed up these tiny blemishes literally overnight. Now my skin has so much luminosity and smoothness, I will never stop using this product.
Very gentle retinolThis is much more gentle than the retinol given to me by my dermatologist. This meant isn’t caused much lesson side effects like flaking skin but I wasn’t sure how much it was helping with my sun damaged skin?
Doesn't make my skin oilyI like this one. It doesn't make my skin oily and my skin tends to soak it well. I have noticed a small difference but I am sure it will be better long term. It is probably a little bit more expensive considering the size, but worth it
Loved thisThis product is really great if you have acne prone skin. I found that it really helped clear up my skin and give me a more even skin tone, however, I found I really hard to work my way up to it as it is a very strong product and can be very drying on the skin. The only issue is I had was the lid of the bottle! Found it could get clogged and gross with product.
Low strength retinolThis would be good for anyone just beginning their retinol journey. It is pretty low strength.
If you're thinking about trying this - do it!I was using the Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% for around 18 months, but I was over the glass bottles an pipette dispenser. After reading the reviews on this product I can say that it did not disappoint, and I can't believe i didn't try it sooner. The packaging is user friendly, and you don't need to use much to spread it across your face. I use this for anti-ageing purposes, but have found that it has also helped with keeping random pimples away. My skin looks plumper, and fine lines that are starting to show aren't as noticeable. Very happy to have made the switch to this product.
RecommendI've only been using this for about 1 month, but I can definitely see that it is helping my skin recover from mild acne breakouts.
Great Starter Retinol ProductI have used this product for 5 years and it works wonders, every now and again I try different things but always come back to this one. I have oily acne prone skin and you can see it working within a few days. If you’re new to retinol it’s a nice product to try as it doesn’t burn or anything like that.
Made my pores larger!I have sensitive skin, I bought this product as I saw a lot of positive feedback on it, only to find that my pores had gotten bigger and they were brown! Check carefully when using this product as it isn’t for everyone!
Really good with consistent useI have been using this for a few years and it has gotten rid of little pigmentation i have. The time i stopped using it my skin didnt feel as good
Great for acne and congested skinReally loving this product for my acne-prone and congested skin. I've been using this product every second to third night and have noticed my skin is much brighter and clearer. I was also recommended to mix the Vitamin C powder with this at night, which sounds like an amazing combination - excited to try!
A little goes a long way with this product also - you only need a pea-sized amount and it covers my entire face and neck.
You definitely need to ease into using the product - I found using too much too often actually burnt my skin
Affordable & AmazingI've used ridiculously expensive retinol's in the past which haven't reacted well with my skin - this product however has been a treat. I started using every other night and now only need to apply once a week.
Definitely a massive help with clearing my hormonal acne.
Love itLove this product. The retinol works really well, noticed a difference when I started working it into my face routine. A great price tag as well. Just be very careful about using it in summer if you expose your face to the sun a lot - I learned the hard way. Overall, great product, easy to use packaging. My go to serum.
Would recommendOne of the best retinol products I have used, and the cheapest. A little goes a long way and I do only use it 2-3 times a week for the best results. This product is an essential in a good skin care regime.
Good price for retinolThe low pricetag with this retinol serum is definitely why i brought it.
It is also a great product!! A little bit goes a really long way so i felt like it was well worth my money compared to other higher priced retinols which i compared this one too.
Definitely helped clear up my acne! Can be irritating at first when your skin gets used to it for the first 1-2 weeks but after I didn’t have any problems. I only use at night time and make sure you use sunscreen during the day!
Fast resultsI introduced this product to my routine on the back of a recommendation from the Adore Beauty staff to improve acne scarring. My spots are very sporadic but can leave significant scars. Something new and unwelcome as an adult! This product has helped reduce the scarring and the discoloration of the skin to create a move even tone. I use at night every 2nd-3rd night depending on the other products I use. This is will be regular for me.
Game ChangerI'm new to retinol products and finally understand the hype. I've been using retinol serum every second night for 2 months (and a vitamin c serum on the alternate nights). In starting to see some improvements despite being told by professionals that I shouldn't be making comparisons until at least 6 months.
Must have!I have an emotional skin here in Australia for the past 11 years since I moved here! I tried everything! Skinstitut has been the best brand on my skin so far! specially the Retinol.
Staple in a night routineI have been using this daily for 6 months and am loving it. I have sensitive, breakout prone skin and have been using this along with other Skinstitut products - my skin has never looked or felt better. It takes a consistent period of time for results to show so give it time!
Great product for those starting on retinol or sensitive skinI have only used one other retinol product prior to this and I had a lot of redness and flaking but this one when used as per instructions is great. I have noticed a difference in my skin and no redness or flaking. For those starting out on retinol or with sensitive skin, this is a great option and apparently ok even when you have face laser... that’s what I was told by laser clinics.
Great product!I've only recently started using this at night mixed with Skinstitut Vitamin C 100%. It's a great product but heed this warning, do NOT use it every night when you first start out. You need to gradually introduce this into your skincare regime! Only use a pea size amount and start with twice a week and build up from there. It's such an amazing product and I've seen great results but start slowly or you will look like you have seen too much Sun and will peel and get sensitive! Also side note please use sunscreen when using a Retinol.
Really worksStarted using this in my night routine and after a while I really noticed changed in my skin. Skin felt tighter and more brighter. Have recommended it to friends to try
UnsureI have been using this every other evening as instructed and am unsure if there is any benefit.
It feels and smells great on my skin but as to whether it’s having any effect is yet to be seen
I am on the fence...I’ve been using this product in between my Liquid Gold nights, and honestly I don’t think I see or feel it doing very much for my skin. Waking up in the morning, I don’t feel or see any real difference. I think the vitamin c powder is necessary with this serum. But without it I doubt it’d be any good.
It does absorb well; you don’t need much of the product so it’ll last ages.
I won’t be repurchasing, even blend serum is a MUCH better choice.
Great product!I have had people comment on how good my skin is. I started used every second day because l found my skin needed to built up to using it daily as my skin is sensitive. Now l am able to use it daily. My skin is better then ever!
AmazingLove this product, especially when you mix with their vitamin c powder. My skin is more youthful and plumper, and makes it super easy when it comes to removing blackheads with continued use as it has a softening effect on the pores. The best!!!
Another great skinstitut productThis product is great, great results and a good price
I love this as I have quite a few monthly breakoutsI always have a nice glow after yawing this product never had a terrible reaction and I have sensitive skin
Don't think it did anythingI was recommended this product as something that will improve oily skin and blackheads, which it did not after several months of use. My skin did not look any better with using this product.
A great rejuvenator!I’ve been testing this for 2 months now and I love it. I used twice a week to begin with and found that my skin flaked the following week but once the shedding had disappeared I was left with the or hydrated and radiant skin. I’m obsessed and will always up the use of it a couple of weeks before a special event (keeping in mind that sometimes there’s flaking so definitely use it PRIOR to the event!).
Highly recommend if you have acne!I have used this product for years, I make sure I don't overuse it but to be honest sometimes I use it morning and night (rarely) but mostly once a day at night (so it can soak in), and have never had a negative reaction. It always helps clear up any pimple that breaks out. I have tried everything but skinstitute has always worked!
Great productI have definitely notice a difference in my skin after using this! Skin looks great the next morning. I have sensitive skin but haven't had any trouble using it on my skin. Would absolutely recommend to a friend.
Holy grailHonestly this stuff saved my skin.
When I first started it I noticed a little bit of sensitivity, so I began using it every third night, a small amount mixed in with my moisturizer. After a couple of weeks I had no sensitivity issues and I was using it every other night. I have always had issues with cystic acne and scarring on my cheeks and chin, but about 3 months down the track of using this my skin is so clear, and I rarely break out. Honestly can’t live without it- I’ve never felt his passionate about a skin product before.
First RetinolWell this is the first retinol i have tried. Followed the directions and out seems to be making as difference in my skin.
Luxury at a fraction of salon prices!!!This serum is gentle but luxurious on the skin. My skin looks brighter and more refined. Best used every second night with a moisturizing mask over the top. Highly recommended even to people with sensitive skin.
UnsureI've been using the Skinstitut products for about a year now and love most of them. Little unsure of this one I probably try to use it once a week - was originally recommended it for my scaring on my chin from breakouts. I think my problem is im applying too much and my skin ends up drying out. I do notice a difference the next day though my skin feels firmer. Think I just need to get the right amount.
Amazing productSuch a great product for keeping skin clear and minimizing fine lines. I use it every single night before bed. A must if you regularly have microdermabrasion treatments and peels.
So goodI defiantly have noticed a difference in my fine lines and wrinkles, it’s light enough to wear on its own in summer and super hydrating. This is the second time I’ve bought this serum it’s the only anti-aging product I can use without my skin completely breaking out (combination/dry)
Affordable Retinol productMost retinol serums are over $50 for a tiny amount. This is fairly priced and does the job. I apply to my middle frown lines only, it helps me look fresher.
Okay productI have been using this for a while and haven't noticed any significant difference with my skin. A little goes a long way and it feels nice upon application. The product has started to seperate in the tube after a while though
Makes my skin super clearI love this retinol, used in combination with the Vitamin C in the morning my skin is super clear, I love it !
Not effectiveMaybe because I had been using prescription retinol, this product isn't very effective. The packaging is a bit strange too - it has a cap on top of the pop out and squeeze tube, however it still leaked.
Very fast working!A fabulous retinol serum which effectively works to diminish my acne,almost overnight! A very quick working product which isn't too strong or overpowering for my skin.
Highly recommend this productI brought this product because it was recommended to me by a friend In the beauty field as I was concerned about my ageing skin and fine lines appearing, and wow did it work! I started getting comments on my skin very soon after using it from friends to strangers. Very happy with this product and would highly recommend!
Alright.I finished this product a while back. My skin type is oily/sensitive, 28 years old with some fine lines forming around the eyes and a few dark spots from acne scarring.
Pros: easy to spread, little goes a long way and the bottle lasts ages. Found it very gentle and I didn’t get any reactions from this.
Cons: I thought it perhaps too gentle! Didn’t really notice any significant results with this one. Not sure if it did anything at all really.
Would not repurchase. I’ve since moved onto the ordinary retinol which I’ve found to have much more noticeable results, and slightly cheaper. This is super gentle though, even on my very sensitive skin, so perhaps best suited for those just starting retinol.
Not a fan! Not suited to my combination skinDidn’t rate this product for my skin type. But think it would be awesome on the right type of skin. Burned a little and too strong for my skin
Love this oneI'e always been skeptical of retinol creams... mainly because of my sensitive skin and not sure about how it would react.
However, this is a fantastic one. My skin is so much smoother, glows, and my breakouts have become less frequent. I still get them around that time of the month, but not as many and not as angry and aggressive as usual.
I've also noticed my pigmentation starting to fade which is a bonus.
Super cheap as well, which is always a plus!
AMAZING PRODUCTThis product has done wonders for my skin, i love it !
Love. Love love this ProductGiving my skin a beautiful glow while helping to clear up
Cleared BreakoutsBeen struggling with breakouts after having my son in may, i had tried all sorts of strong acne treatments (some of which bleached my eyebrows and pillows!) and nothing seemed to work and i could just see the scaring getting worse and worse.
After a bit of research I decided to try this retinol with the vitamin c powder and its been amazing.
After the initial drying the heck out of my skin its managed to stop most breakouts and I can see it starting to clear some of the scaring.
my favourite Skinstitut productMy skin became acne-prone two years ago and nothing seemed to help. I read online that I should use retinol to increase skin cell turnover, so I decided to try this product because it was affordable. It has really helped clear my pimples although I do still get them when I'm stressed or before my period. But overall the product does what it says. One time, I got too excited about how well it was working that I started using it every night, which really irritated my skin so be careful! Now I'm back to using it every other night and that's perfect for me.