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I have been using Vitamin A-based products (from which retinol and retinal-based serums are derived) for many years, and I have found that many of the over-the-counter varieties lack the expected efficacy, or they can irritate the skin. I have used both over-the-counter and prescription versions, and Osmosis Renew Level 4 Vitamin A Serum is my current favorite.
Osmosis Renew Level 4 Vitamin A Serum is formulated with a high concentration of Vitamin A, to encourage cell turnover and renew the skin, and Lactic Acid and Algae extract to brighten it. However, unlike many Vitamin A derivatives, that can dry out the skin and cause it to flake and feel taut, this wonderful retinal formula contains Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate the skin as well as peptides to plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. I have never experienced flaking, peeling, redness, or any irritation, and my skin can be a bit sensitive at times. It has a faint and pleasant aroma from its extracts and oils, but it is neither long-lasting, nor in the least bit pungent.
Skin is left soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. As with all retinol-based products, I wear at least an SPF 40+ sunscreen to protect the skin, and I avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. I also avoid scrubs, peels and any other kind of exfoliants when using this serum.
Caution: If you are considering adding a Vitamin A-based product into your skincare routine, then I would highly suggest consulting with your doctor first to have your skin thoroughly evaluated. What might appear to be an area of hyperpigmentation, could actually be a cancerous or pre-cancerous lesion, and the last thing that you want to do is treat it with topicals of any sort. I simply cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which this is important. I sought advice from my physician before I began using retinol, and had my skin thoroughly evaluated for any suspicious areas discoloration, moles etc.
According to Osmosis,
Renew is designed for resilient or conditioned skin types who desire a dramatic restoration of the skin rejuvenation process. The most potent combination of fibroblast stimulators encourages the reversal of the skin aging.
Directions: Shake lightly and apply 1-2 pumps morning and evening.
*0.15% Retinaldehyde. Gluten-Free and Vegan.
$88.00 for 1 oz. from Osmosis, Skin Care RX and Dermstore (Affiliate Links).
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