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Retinol 1.0 Retinol face cream

Retinol 1.0 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 74.
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A high-concentration pure retinol cream for experienced retinol users to improve the appearance of visible signs of aging and pores while minimizing breakouts

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Product Details

Retinol 1.0 is ideal for problematic and sun-damaged skin that has been preconditioned with the use of Retinol 0.5. Formulated with the highest concentration of 1.0% pure retinol, this night cream is enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies to ensure a steady, even release of the maximum available concentration. Retinol 1.0 is proven to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration while minimizing breakouts and the appearance of pores.

  • Promotes cell turnover
  • Improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, pores, and blemishes
  • Formulated to minimize irritation commonly associated with the use of a retinol face cream
  • Specialized packaging preserves retinol potency
  • Non-comedogenic, paraben-, fragrance-, and gluten-free
  • Ideal for skin preconditioned with Retinol 0.5

How To Use

In the evening, apply a pea size amount to clean dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Allow product to absorb before applying other skincare products. Limit initial use to once or twice a week, gradually increasing frequency to every other night, then every night as tolerated. It is recommended for new users to start with a Retinol 0.3 to establish skin tolerance.

Retinol may increase photosensitivity. Always use a high-protection, broad spectrum sunscreen when using this product.

As a precaution, retinol face creams 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 dermatologist 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 1.0 employs an optimized delivery system and protective packaging to ensure maximum stability and efficacy of pure retinol. This retinol face cream works with skin’s natural lipid structure to promote optimal absorption.

Key Ingredients

  • 1% Retinol
  • Soothing complex

A derivative of vitamin A, this powerful molecule promotes cell turnover to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. It is also proven to help minimize blemishes and refine the appearance of pores

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aqua / water / eau, propanediol, dimethicone, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, alcohol denat., allyl methacrylates crosspolymer, dipropylene glycol, ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, retinol, hydrogenated lecithin, polysorbate 20, isohexadecane, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, isopropyl myristate, sodium citrate, boswellia serrata gum, polysorbate 80, bht, dimethiconol, trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, bisabolol, sorbitan oleate, citric acid, propyl gallate

Physician Insight

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Retinol is a multi-dimensional product that improves fine lines and wrinkles, lightens brown spots, and refines tone and texture. It plays an essential role in a skincare regimen.

Dr. Ted Lain - Sanova Dermatology

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product ! Just ordered my second tube of the 1.0. Had read all the reviews before ordering and thought my skin could take it everyday as I thought I was using a Retinol product and that my skin could handle it. Wrong. After all my research I realize that the ROC brand I use to use doesn't even tell you how much Retinol is in it. Must not have been much. SkinCeuticals Retinol is really getting the job done. Love my smooth skin and the way my pores are so much smaller, My face is as sweet as a babies butt. I am in my 60's and this product has put me back on track to newer, healthier skin. Absolutely LOVE it !
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Product Works Well...But Frustrating To Dispense I have only been using this product for about 2 weeks, but I can tell that it is working. However, I am very disappointed in how difficult it is to dispense. I have to pump it (slowly) multiple times to even get a tiny bit out. I have to pump it even longer to get the pea-sized amount out that is recommended. It will be difficult to know when the bottle is empty considering it seems that way each time I try to use it. With as expensive as it is, I would surely think that Skinceuticals could redesign the bottle to make it more user friendly. I've been looking at other products simply because of how frustrated I am with the bottle.
Date published: 2011-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immediate Results! I took a chance after having researched the difference between .05 and 1.0 Retinol--I purchased the latter and was extremely surprised at how well my face responded! In 2 short weeks of using my new product, I've noticed some fine lines that were on my upper lip now very faint excited! I have been very diligent about getting microderm facials once every month for the past 3 years but only see minor differences that last between 3-5 days but with this Retinol product so far I can already see that it has been an excellent addition to my daily/nightly skin ritual and can't wait to see what happens next!
Date published: 2011-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad container design I am rating this product poor only because of the container. I could not get it out of the container. I used pliers to get the top off to get to the product. I should have sent it back for a refund. Retinol is an effective product. However, it is not going to be effective if you cannot get it out of the container and it dries up in the container if you do what I did above. Do not buy it unless they put it in a tube. You can get effective Retinol products elsewhere and not have to deal with a container that will not work.
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pump does not work. Why don't they fix this? I too was looking forward to using this product. However, I can not get the dispenser to pump correctly. I have tried everything. Pumping quickly in rapid succession does not work. Pumping very slowly does not work. Pumping at a medium rate does not work either. Since many people seem to complain of this same problem, I simply cannot understand why Skinceuticals hasn't fixed this! It seems crazy that a flaw design in the pump cannot be fixed immediately. I will have to return the product. Too bad because I really wanted to give it a try.
Date published: 2011-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've tried different brands of retinol creams/gels and this is by far one of the most concentrated creams. I use this cream for two purposes; acne and skin renewal. So far it's been doing great for drawing out those "under the skin acne" that takes forever to surface. I tend to have cystic acne and they're super painful and difficult to get rid of and this cream helps to draw out the white heads by drying up the skin. For skin renewal, I would apply a thin layer of the cream right after cleansing then wait at least 30 minutes to apply a moisture before going to bed. Sometimes I'll experience pealing the next day and other times it'll take an additional day or two.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better formulation than prescription retin A I have been using prescription retin A products for 20 years, starting in my teens for breakouts. I wanted to try a non prescription formula to see if there would be less irritation and to get away from the basic and frankly gross formulations of the prescription brands. I wanted a more elegant texture and additional beneficial ingredients. I have used this product twice for three day segments, and I have to say it is great. I seem to be getting all the benefits of a strong retinol without the irritation and peeling. My pores are very refined ( using a magnifying mirror ) and my skin is firm and radiant. I had been using a prescription 1% and although the results were awesome, the irritation was annoying. I could aways count on an ugly peel day. Now the peeling is so light and way less bothersome. I highly recommend this product for anyone looking for something more!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you Skinceuticals for a wonderful product l started of using the .05% about 4 years ago then progressed to the 1% used as directed now after 3 years l can use the 1% daily although l try not to use it that often ,l also use glycolic and antioxidants, l am 61 and my skin has improved greatly wrinkles, brown spots and texture, l get many complements on my skin and l always show anyone who is interested my creams of which the Retinol gives by far the best results , the years fly bye and l am so glad i started using these creams years ago , just for the record my skin did go through stages of redness dryness and peeling , l have very mild peeling when l use the glycolic now , but no problems with Skinceuticals 1% retinol , l would recommend it to everyone as a long term anti ageing treatment stick with it it works.
Date published: 2016-02-24
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