This $28 Retinol Serum Kicks Every Wrinkle to the Curb Without Irritation
Retinoids offer a ton of anti-aging benefits, but products that contain retinol often cause adverse reactions on sensitive skin, leaving many to avoid using it altogether. That's where Maelove's Stargaze Enhanced Retinol Serum steps in. The formula was specifically designed for those that struggle with using powerful skincare ingredients, such as retinol. The $28 serum provides a gentle introduction to the vitamin A family, keeping dryness, redness, and inflammation at bay from the very first application. Long-awaited by skincare lovers, the anti-aging serum sold over 5,000 bottles within three days of launching last month.
The reason it's able to remain so gentle on the skin is because of its proprietary, time-released 0.25% retinol system: The retinol is absorbed into the skin slowly over time, keeping skin from peeling or becoming irritated. Plus, it's delivered along with soothing sidekicks like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, aloe vera, ginseng, myrtle leaf, and white tea extract that hydrate and nourish.
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The brand recommends this serum for retinol beginners, or anyone who has taken a break from retinoids and is looking to jump back in. Applications should start every other night for several weeks before gradually building up the frequency. Though many may expect an initial sting or eventual shedding of skin, you won't find that occurs with this serum — but rest assured, it's making a difference.
As New York-based board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Shari Marchbein, previously told InStyle, the skin doesn't need to peel to prove the retinol is working its magic. In fact, there are many cosmeceutical strength retinoids, such as retinol, that show little to no negative side effects but prove to be just as effective, she explained.
The lightweight formula not only smooths over fine lines and wrinkles, but also boosts collagen production, fades dark spots, minimizes post-acne scars, and increases cell turnover for more youthful-looking skin. Every ingredient included is free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes and fragrances.
If you're ready to dip your toes into using retinoids, head over to Maelove and grab a bottle for just $28.