This is one of the very first Retinol containing treatments that a luxury cosmetic company launches in the last twenty years. (Professional brands like Skinceuticals and La Roche-Posay have had Retinol containing product in their ranges for years.)
This most effective non-prescription active is again back in the warmth and found a way again into cosmetic products.
It is an extremely potent form of vitamin A that is converted to fully available vitamin A in the skin.
It regulates cell proliferation, cell growth and has some milder side-effects.
It has outstanding ability to treat sun induced skin damage, lines and wrinkles, acne and hyper-pigmentation with documented effect.
It is an expensive active and it is great news that cosmetic companies have turned to it again after so many years being left out in the dark.
The product E. Arden chose to incorporate Retinol is a silicone-oil based fluid that is thickened by silicone crosspolymer. It contains ceramides (natural components of the lipid barrier) that will counteract irritation caused by retinol. It also contains some peptides that might be beneficial for lines and wrinkles and support the activity of Retinol in this area.
The product is encapsulated in capsules that will keep the Retinol fresh. It is fragrance free and colourant free too. Contains no water and the formula will ensure that it will stay on the skin's surface rather than be immediately delivered to the Epiermis. Hence, delivery of the active is slower (and longer) thus minimizing irritation and will have a longer lasting effect.
I find the product elegant, easy to spread even in a very small amount. Since it is a mixture of silicone oils and silicone crosspolymers, it will leave an elegant finish that is non-drying, non-oily and absorbed immediately.
I've found that one capsule is enough for three applications. I would also recommend to use the product sparingly especially in the first months while the skin gets accustomed to the irritation potential of retinol.
It should only be used at night accompanied by an SPF 15 (or higher) during daytime.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, BHT, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Laurylmethacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phytosphingosine, Phytosterols, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Retinol, Sorbitan Laurate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane,Phenoxyethanol