Add to Favorites

Retinol 0.5 Retinol night cream for face

Retinol 0.5 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 36.
  • y_2018, m_10, d_21, h_15
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_36
  • loc_en_US, sid_883140024705, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_skinceuticals-us
  • bvseo_sdk, dw_cartridge, 17.1.0, p_sdk_3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getAggregateRating, 7ms
  • reviews, product

A concentrated pure retinol cream for face diminishes the appearance of multiple signs of aging simultaneously

Sign up to receive a complimentary sample of our corrective serum, H.A. INTENSIFIER. Try It Now

skin types


skin condition




In Stock

Ensure your SkinCeuticals products are always authentic.

Learn more.

Product Details

Retinol 0.5 contains 0.5% pure retinol and is enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies to ensure the full dosage is slowly and evenly released. Designed to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration. This night cream can minimize the appearance of pore size, while reducing the appearance of blemishes associated with problematic skin. Retinol 0.5 is recommended for first-time retinol cream users and is ideal for continued use or for conditioning skin as a prerequisite to SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0.

  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, skin discoloration, blemishes, and blotchiness
  • Formulated to minimize irritation commonly associated with the use of retinol creams
  • Specialized packaging preserves optimal retinol stability
  • Will not clog pores
  • Non-comedogenic; ideal for most skin types
  • Due to the high concentration of retinol, please consult your physician.

How To Use

In the evening, apply a pea-sized amount of this retinol night cream to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Allow for absorption before applying other skincare products. Limit initial use to once or twice a week, gradually increasing frequency as tolerated.

Retinol is prone to increase photosensitivity. Always use a high, broad spectrum sunscreen when using this product.

As a precaution, retinol cream products should not be used by pregnant women, or women who intend to become pregnant in the near future. Though there are no reports of topical retinol having any negative effect on fetal development, always consult a physician.

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    Topical retinols have extensively been used by dermatologists to help combat and reverse the visual effects of aging, such as wrinkles, laxity, and discoloration. Retinols because they accelerate cell turnover, can also improve blemishes and the appearance of pores. The retinol molecule is highly-sensitive and vulnerable to breakdown if not properly protected. Retinol 0.5 employs an optimized delivery system and protective packaging to ensure stability and efficacy of pure retinol. Retinol 0.5 works with skin’s natural lipid structure to promote optimal absorption.

Key Ingredients

  • 0.5% Retinol
  • Bisabolol

A derivative of vitamin A, this molecule is clinically proven to improve the appearance of aging skin and skin discoloration. Helps exfoliate skin and decrease the occurrence of blemishes

Learn more about Retinol

See all ingredients

aqua / water / eau, cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethiconol, alcohol denat., pentylene glycol, allyl methacrylates crosspolymer, dimethicone peg-7 isostearate, sodium polyacrylate, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, glycerin, retinol, hydrogenated lecithin, polysorbate 20, polyacrylamide, c13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-23, laureth-4, bisabolol, bht, laureth-7, trisodium edta, propylene glycol, salvia officinalis leaf / sage leaf extract, chamomilla recutita flower extract / matricaria flower extract, propyl gallate

Physician Insight

Physician image

I always start my patients on Retinol 0.5 at night. It is a great way to achieve a visible change in skin tone, and an essential building block for a solid skin care program..

Dr. Richard Zeff – Zeff & Wilson Plastic Surgery

Learn about Dr. Richard Zeff

Complete Your Regimen


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Effective... if you can get it dispensed! I love what this product did to my skin in just four applications; hate that I can't test its effectiveness any longer since the pump stopped working on day 4 of use. Actually, the first one I bought never worked (no matter how I cajoled the container) and I had to replace it. The second one lasted about a week. What a shame! I understand, from reading these reviews, that I'm by no means an isolated case, but if Skinceuticals knows about the issue (and you'd have to live on a different planet not to) - why aren't you addressing it on the Web site and in the packaging production process?? I'm dissapointed, but hope you'll fix the problem because I really like the line.
Date published: 2011-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product. Hate the tube. This is such an amazing product. I have truly seen a difference in my skin by using this about twice a week along with my Phloretin CF serum and LHA Cleanser. My skin has done a complete 180 with Skin Ceuticals. I was suffering from bad breakouts (I have very oily T-zone). However, I wish the tube for this was a little bit more user friendly. I have noticed the hard/metallic like tubing is really hard to squeeze and when I get to the bottom of my tube it's even harder to get the last bit of my product out. Being that this isn't the most inexpensive product, an improvement in the tube would have gotten this product 5 stars.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Retinol 0.5 serious packaging issue When I pay this much for a product, I expect it to work. The Retinol 0.5 cream itself works fine, the container is another issue. I cannot get it to pump. I took it back to the spa where I purchased it and we tried about 5 more and they won't pump either. The spa receiptionist said they'd had a lot of trouble with the 'new' packaging since the company merged. They have reported it to Skinceuticals and found them unresponsive. I called Skinceuticals today to ask about making sure the one I purchased actually pumped. I was told, in essence 'we know there's a problem but we couldn;t care less'.
Date published: 2011-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Results I never leave reviews for products, but I was thinking this morning that I really must come review this retinol cream. I have been using it every other night for 6 months and all of a sudden I am seeing excellent results! My skin started gradually changing and now I can really tell the difference. My skin is smooth, fine lines around my eyes has basically disappeared. The redness around my nose has lightened tremendously. In the past month, 3 different people have told me how great my skin is looking (one of them is a skincare professional). Also, my previously oily skin has mellowed out and I no longer have to use blotting strips throughout the day. It is a slow process but I am very happy with the results.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of product, not container! I'm approaching mid-thirties and this is my first time using a retinol product to reduce fine lines around my eyes and chin. I've been using it for more than a month and already see results. It's difficult to tell at first because my skin is in a constant state of slight peeling and dryness (due to retinol) but there is a noticeable change in the feel, tone and appearance of my skin. I have fair skin with a slight red pigment. I also scar easily from the occasional pimple. The tone of my skin is far more even than one month ago (evened out spots, hyperpig., etc.), the fine lines are reduced and appear smoother, and my skin feels generally smoother and softer. Can't wait to finish using this product because I may try the 1.0. I'm a believer!!
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed - Find a new container for this item. For Pete's sake, how am I supposed to use the product when the pump broke after 2 months. I still have retinol in the container but no way to get it out because the pump breaks. I take the cap off and rinse it with hot water to ensure it's not plugged. I twist the little nozzle stem and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Please skinsceuticals this is really disappointing and needs to be addressed pronto. FYI - this information is all over the internet about having a bad pump and it's giving skinsceuticals a bad reputation.
Date published: 2011-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hoping the packaging change solves pump issues I have been using this product for about 6 months now, and absolutely love it! The first pump I received didn't work at all, even when following the instructions, but the replacement worked fine. After using this product for a few weeks, I noticed that my skin is much clearer. I was always frustrated that even at 28 I was getting acne, and after switching to this product I rarely get breakouts. I have noticed a very slight change in my fine lines, although I am upgrading to the 1.0 the next time I order since I never had any sensitivity issues with this product and I want to see if that makes a bigger difference. However, I make sure to use sunscreen every day when using this product, even on cloudy days in the middle of winter.
Date published: 2012-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't say enough good things I highly recommend this product to anyone struggling with acne, uneven texture, or large pores. Since I became pregnant again my skin broke out with severe acne. After giving birth the problem remained. My esthetician recommended I use s.c. regiment. This + my cleanser, toner has been a life saver. As you have read, ease into this productand use proper spf. I also recommend peels from sc provider. Pores are so much smaller and my break outs have been under control. Learning to love my skin! God bless!
Date published: 2015-07-26
  • y_2018, m_10, d_21, h_15
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_36
  • loc_en_US, sid_883140024705, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_skinceuticals-us
  • bvseo_sdk, dw_cartridge, 17.1.0, p_sdk_3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getReviews, 7ms
  • reviews, product