SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex Review - The Dermatology Review

SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex Review

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12.03.18 AD DISCLOSURE

The SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex, otherwise known as the Retinol Complex 1.0, is a active ingredient rich serum. The main benefits that this product offers, according to the brand are enhanced skin tone and texture and reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While 1.0 may seem like a relatively low percentage of an active ingredient, this is actually the strongest retinol product that SkinMedica offers, and for good reason. Retinol is an incredibly potent active that can be quite irritating for some during the first few months of use. In order to lessen this irritation, SkinMedica actually offers three different options in their Retinol Complex range, starting out at a 0.25 concentration. In order to minimize irritation, while also seeing the best results, we recommend starting off with the lowest concentration a few times a week to see how your skin reacts. As you skin adjusts, you can gradually work towards applying the product every night.

Water/Aqua/Eau

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Cetyl Ethylhexanoate

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Glycine Soja Oil

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Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

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Niacinamide

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Polyacrylate-13

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Squalane

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Retinol

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Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8

Dunaliella Salina Extract

Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract

Tocopherol

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Tocotrienols

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Ceramide 3

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Bisabolol

Phytosterols

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Squalene

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Tocopheryl Acetate

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Oryza Sativa Bran Cera

Glycerin

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Polysorbate 20

Polysorbate 20 is a surfactant, emulsifier, and fragrance ingredient that is used in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products.

Butylene Glycol

When reading skin care product ingredient lists, you may come across a chemical called butylene glycol, and wonder about what it does and how it works. After all, this ingredient...

Cetyl Palmitate

Laureth-23

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Trideceth-6 Phosphate

Sodium Hydroxide

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Dicaprylyl Ether

Lauryl Alcohol

Polyisobutene

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Dextran

Potassium Sorbate

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Disodium Edta

Disodium EDTA is an ingredient used in shampoos, moisturizers, cleansers, and other personal care products as a chelating agent to improve product stability....

Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is glycol ether used as a preservative in cosmetic products and medicines. This is a kind of ether alcohol with aromatic properties that can enhance a skin product’s scent....

Ethylhexylglycerin

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