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Ao Skincare Reverse Longitude PM Serum-Shot

Best of 2016: Night Treatment

Size: 1fl.oz/30ml
Ao Skincare Reverse Longitude PM Serum-Shot was formerly named Rewind Retina. It is a heavy-hitting gel formulated with a powerful form of Vitamin A, also known as Retinal, that is known for its anti-aging benefits, including helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. This retinal formula is a heavy-hitter, packed with restorative ingredients for a powerful punch. Ao Skincare uses cold processing, which unlike conventional heating methods, will not damage the original molecular structure of the pure, natural, and active ingredients. Plus, the entire line is made without the use of parabens, sulfates, PEGS, TEA, DEA, mineral oils, petrochemicals, and artificial fragrance! A member of the TIA community tested it for 30 days and was impressed with the results, so you can shop with confidence.

The formula's star ingredient is retinal, a more pure form of retinol, a potent derivative of vitamin A that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and increase skin radiance. Alongside retinal, Bakuchiol and Astaxanthin- powerful antioxidants- work hard to moisturize and protect your skin from environmental damage and free radicals.

Tested for 30 days and recommended by Katya:
Because I tolerate most retinoid products fairly well, I jumped at the opportunity to try Reverse Longitude PM Serum-Shot. I turned 40 this year and have combination skin with a few lines around my eyes and nasolabial folds but no deep wrinkles. I typically seek out products that treat uneven texture, help with skin firmness, promote clarity and reduce pigmentation. I started using retinoids in my early 30s and have developed a decent tolerance to them. I found them to be the only products that could (quickly!) help with skin texture issues, including tone and luminosity. I have used prescription retinoids in the past — Retin A and its generic companion tretinoin — as well as a wide variety of over the counter retinol creams for good measure.

I use retinoids mostly in the fall and in winter to avoid thinning out my skin and to guard against photosensitivity. I put aside my prescription retin A in April, because I wanted to try some other products. That’s when Reverse Longitude PM Serum-Shot came in for testing. I applied it at night three or four times a week for three months — one pump on my face and another on my neck. Reverse Longitude PM Serum-Shot is an odorless, yellowish gel with a light and fluid consistency. The manufacturers recommend applying one pump of the gel to the face at night before or after your night cream and only two to three times per week until well tolerated. The bottle is said to provide a two-month supply, but it took me three months to use up the entire bottle.

AO Skincare hails from New Zealand and sources most of their ingredients from there, too. The gel contains an effective form of vitamin A (retinal), interesting botanical extracts and auxiliary ingredients to reduce irritation and is contained in an airless pump to help prevent oxidation issues. Fortunately, there are no nasty additives and preservatives. One of the key ingredients is obviously retinal. Retinal (retinaldehyde) is a powerful form of vitamin A with proven anti-aging benefits, including the reduction of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and acne. Retinal works similarly to prescription retinoic acid. Retinal thins out the top layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, while thickening the second layer, the epidermis, which gives your skin that even and firm appearance. While retinoic acid penetrates the skin the fastest and most optimally, retinal forms when specialized skin enzymes help convert it. Because retinal has an indirect conversion process, compared to retinol or other retinoids, it is less likely to cause skin irritation and flaking.

Bakuchiol is an interesting botanical on the list of ingredients. It is a natural antioxidant taken from the seeds and leaves of the plant psoralea corylifolia, which has similar effects to topical vitamin A (retinol), but lacks many of the potential side effects like photosensitivity and irritation. Ao reports that the retinol‐like activity is due to “modulating key retinoid binding and metabolizing genes and key dermal‐epidermal junction, extracellular matrix and cytoskeleton genes.” It stimulates collagen production by its “activity against pro‐inflammatory enzymes and elastase.” They site research studies that show improvement in roughness and dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, skin tone, elasticity and firmness, radiance and brightening. Additionally, the Ao makers maintain that bakuchiol excels when combined with topical retinoids, because it helps protect the retiniod from oxidative damage. The formulation also contains astaxanthin, a marine antioxidant and totarol, an antioxidant extracted from the New Zealand Totara tree that helps fight free-radical damage to the skin and has natural antibacterial preservative qualities. You will also find good ole sodium hyaluronate on the list to help with skin hydration.

All in all, Rewind Retinal is an excellent product. It performed well for me on three fronts: First, it improved my skin texture by reducing the tiny scars from old breakouts and fading out the sun spots on my cheeks. Second, it increased my skin luminosity by making it look supple and smooth. Third, it did so without the dreaded flaking that accompanies the use of retinoids — no skin irritation, redness or peeling. However, while I am stoked about the product performance, I am not particularly happy about the cost. To conclude, as with many retinoid products, results are cumulative and take time. How it performs on deeper wrinkles remains to be seen as a longer course of use. Rewind Retinal is an effective anti-aging product that is well worth a try. Got Questions? Contact Us

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Because I tolerate most retinoid products fairly well, I jumped at the opportunity to try AO Skincare Rewind Retinal ($119.95 in the shop). I turned 40 this year and have combination skin with a few lines around my eyes and nasolabial folds but no deep wrinkles. I typically seek out products that... read more

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  • Jessica

    (4 out of 5)

    Like Marta remarked on this product site,...I never thought that I would think about re-incorporating a retinal/retinol product back into my regimen. However, at Marta's suggestion, I did buy Ao Skincare Rewind Retinal as an antidote to my continued problem w/ deep forehead expression lines and deep crevices around my lower lip. I've been fairly outspoken in many TIA product reviews about my journey in weaning myself off of HIGH-PERCENT, single ingredient retinol products.BUT, Ao Skincare Rewind Retinal has MANY other wonderful 'goodies' that offset a single-ingredient retinol product...including Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oils; of the 17 ingredients listed for this product, retinal is 11th on this list!

    Until starting Ao Skincare Rewind Retinal, I've been relying on ClarityRx Get Fit and twice daily Truth Vitality Lux Renew Red LED sessions to combat my problem wrinkles. JUST when I feel like I'm making some progress, these areas seem to 'sink' back into real problem areas.

    I started using the Ao Skincare Rewind Retinal about two weeks ago as an addition to the above 2 products and MitoQ. To be honest, I saw results within the first 3 days of use. I've experimented w/ using it at night per the directions (to avoid the sun exposure issues that come w/ any retinal/retinol use) and in the morning. To be honest, for whatever reason, I've found that using it in the morning has given me much better results. I am just assiduously careful about adequate sunscreen protection. I seem to have "tough" skin and am able to use this daily; recommendations for use are in the evening 2-3 times/week.

    I'm only giving it four stars because getting BACK into retinal/retinol territory DOES still give me pause. However, I have absolutely NO complaints! The product itself is somewhat thick (NOT a problem)--it just means that it takes very little to cover a large surface. There is no discernible scent and it layers well with almost any product.

    The results have been nothing short of amazing! Along with the committed use (and that is where I fall down when time is short during the week) of the Truth Vitality Lux Renew TWICE daily for a MINIMUM of ten minutes, combined with ClarityRX Get Fit and MitoQ, I've seen real smoothing effects in my real problem areas. The same friends who've gushed over my overall face renewal have continued to ask me "what else" I'm doing that allows me to wind back my ALMOST 60 years. Almost everyone is stunned that this anniversary is in a few weeks!. I'm waiting for the 'shop' to re-stock so that I do not have any lapse in product availability! Thank you. again Marta for another winner!

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  • Marta

    (5 out of 5)

    I never thought I would give five stars to a retinol or use one regularly with enjoyment. But Rewind has totally won me over. It is the first thing that's really had an impact on lip lines.

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  • Katya

    (5 out of 5)

    Rewind Retinal improved my skin texture by reducing the tiny scars from old breakouts and fading out the sun spots on my cheeks. Second, it increased my skin luminosity by making it look supple and smooth. And it did so without the dreaded flaking that accompanies the use of retinoids — no skin irritation, redness or peeling.

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  • Marta Wohrle

    November 14, 2016

    Marta Wohrle

    Ha! Thank you for the reminder. I just ordered Rewind and will start using it and report back.

  • Y A Narozhnaya

    November 13, 2016

    Y A Narozhnaya

    It was my pleasure, Marta. Are you a retinol convert now? : )

  • Marta

    October 21, 2016


    Thank you Katya for a great review and for giving it a full three months! I'm interested to try this even though I'm not much of a retinol person. These gentler versions sound like my speed. The cost considering it lasted you three months doesn't seem too bad.

  • Pure New Zealand Artesian Water
  • Caprilyic/Capric Triglyceride
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax
  • Retinal
  • Bakuchiol
  • Astaxanthin
  • Totarol
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
  • Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
  • Sodium Polyacrylate
  • Sodium Phytate
  • Ethoxydiglycol
  • Dehydroacetic Acid
  • Benzyl Alcohol
Apply 1 pump of gel to the face at night before or after night treatment. Limit initial use to 2 or 3 times per week until well tolerated.

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