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Retinol 1.0 Retinol face cream

Retinol 1.0 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 81.
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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 So happy with this product. It really works!!! It has helped remove the dead and dull top layer of skin to leave a more glowing look.
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective and works well, good size for traveling as well!! Highly recommend for nighttime
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Retinol 1.0 I’ve been using this product consistently for two months with the emollient cream. It has worked beautifully on my skin. I can tell a huge difference in my skin. My friends have noticed my skin as well. I plan to continue using this product along with cream.
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’ve started to use skincueticals products and they are amazing. Bit on the pricey side but it’s worth it because of the amazing job it does. This retinol cream work wonders during the night and you wake up with smooth skin in the morning
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this I got this product 2 or 3 months ago and I love it. I use it 2 or 3 times per week to improve my acne scars and this product has been very helpful. You won’t see results overnight but be consistent with it and you will see a huge improvement after using it for a couple of weeks. My skin glows and the scars are not as deep as they were. Totally worth it!!
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Well For Skin Primed with .5 I saw results with this retinol 1.0. I do think it is doing more by way of visible results than the .5.
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Best Retinol out there. I am 57 years old and a former sun worshipper. That along with insomnia has left me with lots of visible aging on my face, neck and chest. I started using various products in a quest to reverse some of the damage. I can honestly say this retinol is the only thing that has given results. My skin looks better than it did in my 40’s.
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value for prescription strength Included this in my first order and I'm so glad I did! I have been having problems obtaining my normal retinol prescription but this works just as well! I use it 2-3x a week around high stress facial areas (is, eyes, mouth, forehead) and top it off with the Skinceuticals dry car moisturizer to counteract the drying of the retinol and ensure even distribution and I am very happy with the results. After a few uses my skin is tighter, clearer, and more even toned. Love this product.
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unmasks my Best Face This is pure genius- face renewal in a tube. lines and imperfections just melt away to reveal new radiance- people stop me to remark how great my skin looks!
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best!! I've always loved this retinol. It's as effective (if not better) than a lot of rx retinols I've tried!
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well, it works I am just starting to use anti-aging products but I have 30yr of acne for which I have tried most products. I read the reviews but thought it may not do anything for me because I never had much reaction to like retin-a or Rx strength acne creams. Well this works. Has helped as a spot treatment on budding acne. Like clockwork after feeling nothing, on day 2 my skin is starting to lightly peel. I'm very hopeful it will help improve my acne scars and developing wrinkles.
Date published: 2019-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This really works! I purchased this to soften the lines above my upper lip, which were really starting to bother me. I noticed results after about two months and have continued to use the product. I began by using it every other day and worked my way up to five days a week. Definitely worth the investment
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really works I've been using this product for over 5 years now and it really helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I have sebaceous hyperplasia and the retinol was really to help that but sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't.
Date published: 2019-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Features!!! I bought this 3 months ago and I m very happy with the results!
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great retinol cream! This is my first retinol product and it's doing great things for my skin. I started out using it once a week and have slowly increased the frequency, and my skin is looking brighter already! Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works on pigmentation. You will peel a lot. It feels like it takes off the years and damage at first because the peeling. I would say results are quick. Be careful in the sun. 1.0 is strong. It’s minimal to medium results.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! This product is absolutely amazing! I have a lot of acne scars and have been trying to find something that takes them away pretty quick and this definitely works. Best thing I've tried so far!
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS works! If you’re just starting with retinol, start with the lower dose of retinol. Then, graduate to THIS! It does what it says.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Retinol Percentage This product is not too harsh and I hope to have noticeable results after the tube is empty.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best product ever! It works wonders to my skin. I'm 53 and have some light scars from acne, I've been using this for a year now and I can tell the difference. Also my pores look better too. Just make sure you read the instructions before wearing it like any other product with acid.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is very effective and does wonders for my skin. A little harsh so you need to gradually introduce it onto your skin
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mattifying I use this a couple nights a week with retin A on other nights but what I love about this is I use a bit with my moisturizer in the day and it keeps my face from getting greasy.
Date published: 2019-03-24
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 SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream, 1-Ounce Tube This is strong stuff so not for the faint of heart but if your willing to put in the effort it will pay dividends. Retinol products increase skin cell production so expect an ugly period where skin drys and sheds away. In order to minimise the severity of this phase its wise to build useage over time. Im glad I persevered as Im out the other side and my skin has never looked better.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have tried a lot of retinol, and unfortunately this is fairly comparable to other products. It of course can dry out your face if youre a newby to the retinol game, but I personally didnt find it had that effect on me. Which leads me to 4 positive stars!
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this stuff as an OTC retinol. I'd definitely suggest it over the 0.5 strength as you may not see as great of results. I make sure to pair it with sunscreen every day as it is pretty strong and can leave a "sunburn-ish" feeling on your face. I'm 27 and bought this because I think it's time I start up my skin care game, and I have not been disappointed with it! Totally recommend!
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best products I ever tried. It is expensive but worth the money. Great for every day use.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My skin looks amazing! I am using this product along with the retexturing activator and my skin looks amazing!
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS PRODUCT I been using this product for a year, and my sun damage is definitely reversing. I still have damage, but it works better than anything else I have tried and I can see a difference. If I could afford the whole line I am sure I would look even better. HEY SKINCUETICALS if you need a before and after model... I volunteer. As far as how long it last, I purchased the 2nd tube a few months ago, so 1 tube lasted more that 6 months but less than year. Although, when I first started it took a few months before I could tolerate every night.
Date published: 2018-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product I have used Retinol products for a few years and this is my favorite. I bought Skinceuticals products through a local clinic for about 2 years and used the Retinol regularly but ran out and stopped for a couple months. I decided recently to order directly from Skinceuticals. When it arrived, I continued using it as I had previously but quickly realized that because I had gone for a couple months without it, my face needed time to get used to the retinol again and this is a very strong product. I had a lot of peeling but once I got past that and spaced out the frequency of use, my skin looks amazing! I started out with darker sun spots and fine wrinkles. My spots have faded tremendously and, while my crows feet haven’t gone away conpletely when I smile, they have diminished a great deal. I’m very happy with the results. These products are definitely pricier than local over the counter face products, they are worth every penny.
Date published: 2018-11-28
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