Retinol, an ingredient commonly found in wrinkle creams, is gentler than retinoid, but works in a similar fashion in that it helps stimulate skin renewal and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. As a woman in my fifties, this, along with vitamin C, has been a part of my daily regimen for some time now, and I love the results!
I usually stop using retinol during the hot summer months, but knew it was time to start again when Truth In Aging asked me to review FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 ($55). On its website, this product claims to be micro encapsulated and time-released for maximum effectiveness, and promises quick absorption and no irritation.
I applied a pea-sized dab of Time Release Retinol 0.5 about 15 minutes after washing my face, followed by my moisturizer an hour later. While 0.5 percent is not a strong concentration of retinol for me, people who are just starting to use it may want to begin with 0.25 percent. I would also highly recommend using a sunscreen in the morning, as retinol increases sensitivity to sun exposure.
FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 has made my skin suppler and more even-toned. It doesn’t give me the “peelies” in the morning (dry skin flakes), though newcomers to retinol may experience a little in the beginning. Regardless of your retinol experience, I recommend using a mud and honey mask once a week to take care of any dryness.
All in all, this is a good product that does what it claims. I really like the way it has given my skin a glow. However, it does contain parabens such as Propylparaben and Methylparaben, two antimicrobial preservatives. A word of warning to retinol newcomers: it is best to stop using retinol at least a week before doing a peel. In that same realm, waxing can cause excessive redness on retinol-treated skin, so don’t use this during the days leading up to a treatment. And finally, retinol is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Ingredients in FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5: 0.5% Retinol, Aqua, Glycerin (hydrator), Alcohol (thins the solution), Octyldodecanol (emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (thins the solution), cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone (emulsifier), Allyl Metacrylates Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Salix Alba Bark Extract (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (anti-inflammatory), BHT (antioxidant), Tocopherol (antioxidant), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (thickening agent), Triethanolamine (pH adjuster), Propylene Glycol (thins the solution), Diazolidinyl Urea (antimicrobial preservative), Propylparaben (antimicrobial preservative), Methylparaben (antimicrobial preservative)