A Retinol Serum for Beginners

I have dabbled in my fair share of retinol concoctions - moisturizers, serums, oils... oh my! While the jury is still out on the oil (Sunday Riley Luna is currently being tested) I wanted to share a simple, easy to use and easy to find lotion with retinol that I have been using at night for the last few months. It's the Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate and it's lovely.
FYI: Retinol & Retinaldehydes are the more gentle "over-the-counter" derivatives of trentinoin. Trentinoin is found in prescription products like Retin-A and is a lot more aggressive. 

Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate

Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate

I have tried similar retinol-rich lotions from La Roche Posay and Obagi but none stood out to me as much as Vichy's LiftActiv Concentrate. LiftActiv HA Concentrate is a light lotion rich in retinol and hyaluronic acid.

Light lotion consistency that blends easily into the skin, leaving it hydrated.

Light lotion consistency that blends easily into the skin, leaving it hydrated.

You can use it as a lotion instead of moisturizer or you can layer it with your favourite moisturizer which is how I like to use it. It has a light fragrance which I could do without, to be honest, but alas french brands love their fragrances! I find that the hyaluronic acid in this product balances the retinol perfectly and doesn't cause any irritation or dryness whatsoever. The results are just overall better skin texture and plump-ness. Fine lines are diminished and skin feels extremely comfortable and hydrated. I use this serum at night after my toner. I top it off with an oil (Sunday Riley Artemis) or a moisturizer (Kate Someville Goat's Milk Cream) if I am needing some extra hydration and I snooze my way to better skin.

Ingredients List!

Ingredients List!

This product was sent to me for consideration. You can find it at your local Shoppers Drug Mart/CVS and it retails for around $50 which is reasonable. I reckon a tube of this will last you about 4-6 months. I have been using my tube regularly for the last couple of months and I am nearing the halfway mark. Now, I do have some more aggressive acne scars that will need some more heavy duty trentinoin/laser action, but until I grow the balls to go down that route, a little bit of retinol serum is going a long way :)

If your main skin concerns are fine lines/acne scarring and your skin is normal/oily/combination, I suggest you give this a try. You won't be disappointed!