Meet Youth to the People's Newest Launch: A Retinol Just Shy of Prescription-Strength

Reviewers claim you'll have "visible results with no irritation."

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Youth to the People Serum Launch
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Concocting a skincare regimen is almost like playing chemist — figuring out what ingredients will work for your skin can be tricky. Take retinoids (vitamin A), as an example; the popular anti-aging additive comes in several potencies, ranging from lower concentrations for ultra-sensitive skin, all the way to higher concentrations just shy of prescription-strength. You'll find the latter in Youth to the People's latest launch, the Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum, a formula that quickly addresses signs of aging while remaining gentle on the skin.

Joining Youth to the People's collection of multi-effect products, the newest formula is described by the brand as the "marriage of a very special key ingredient with a glow-boosting array of equally beneficial and supportive ones." Stabilized retinaldehyde, the strongest retinoid on the market next to an Rx, is combined with niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) and a series of adaptogens and ceramides. While retinal is the star ingredient, these additional inclusions are of vital importance; they ensure the retinal brings superior results without the irritation or "purging" stage typically associated with retinoids.

Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum

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As Marnie Nussbaum, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in noninvasive aesthetic rejuvenation, previously told Byrdie, "Retinoids, including retinaldehyde, are superpower ingredients, extremely effective at combatting blackheads and whiteheads, as well as fine lines and wrinkles, and can be used by everyone from acne-prone teenagers to those with more mature skin who are seeking to unlock the anti-aging benefits." With that being said, retinaldehyde is just one stop away from prescription-strength, therefore it's important to tread lightly; the brand recommends beginning with one application per week and gradually increasing the frequency overtime.

But even if you have sensitive skin, there's no reason to shy away from implementing the serum into your routine. Reviewers on Youth to the People's website claim the formula provides "visible results without irritation." Many have only witnessed positive changes from daily use, including smaller pores, less hyperpigmentation, softer fine lines, and smoother skin texture.

"I've tried anti-aging products in the past and many have left my skin feeling irritated and burning," wrote one person, who claims they have not experienced any side effects with this serum. "My skin the next morning feels amazing and I have noticed fine lines reducing after a couple weeks of use."

A second reviewer said they "always wake up with visibly softer, smoother skin" after several weeks of applications. "It has helped take away any dullness from my skin and has made it much more radiant! I'm so glad I haven't experienced any irritation from this product, either," they wrote.

If your current regimen isn't working the way you hoped, the Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum may be of service. Shop the serum that will put your concerns in place with a firm hand for $68 per bottle.

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