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Medik8 Retinol 10 TR Advanced Night Serum Review

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Acne, Age Spots, Dull Skin, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation, Large Pores, Oily Skin, Sun Spots, Uneven Skin, Wrinkles
Medik8 Retinol 10 TR Advanced Night Serum
July 28, 2017 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 1 Comment
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This high-strength retinol formula isn't for the sensitive types, but it delivers powerful anti-aging effects


Brightens, smooths and relieves congested skin


May cause sensitivity or dryness

By Kris Ann E. 

I was excited at the opportunity to try Medik8 Retinol 10 TR Advanced Night Serum ($75), as retinol is a proven anti-aging powerhouse. I like the time-released formula and phased-in approach of this product since my skin can be sensitive to too much exfoliation; however, I was also looking forward to the cell turnover action of retinol, because I have combination skin that is prone to congestion and the occasional breakout.  So, finding that Goldilocks zone of exfoliating with the right product has been my challenge.

I started using the 10 TR two nights a week for the first two weeks, per the directions on the box.  I would apply the serum after washing my face, let it absorb for 15-20 minutes and then apply my eye cream and moisturizer. I would describe the serum as a lightweight dry oil that absorbs very quickly.  I found that it spread easily on my face when I dispensed four or five drops in my hand and warmed the serum by rubbing my hands together before applying to my face.

Over the next two weeks, per the directions, I increased the usage to every other night. This is when I started to experience some sensitivity with dry, red patches on my cheeks.  After the fourth week, usage is to be increased to every night. I did not use the serum every night because of the sensitivity I was experiencing. I took the fifth week off to let the dryness subside, and then resumed use at two nights a week.  I’ve been using the serum two nights a week for the past three weeks, and I have found that this is the schedule which works best for me. 

One thing to note is that there are two types of silicone ingredients in the serum: cyclopentasiloxane and cyclohexasiloxane. I was concerned about these additions, as I try to avoid silicones in skin care products since dimethicone tends to clog my pores. I asked Holly at TIA about this, and she was very helpful. She explained that while these two ingredients are indeed types of silicones, they are much lighter and “less suffocating” than dimethicone. I was most surprised to learn that they actually help the actives in a product penetrate the skin. 

I’m happy to report that I had no issues with the serum clogging my pores. In fact, the opposite happened. My skin has a smoother texture, a glow to it, is no longer congested and overall, just looks clear and healthy. I am pleased with this product and will continue to use it until it is finished. From there, I will likely buy it as my retinol product to use going forward. Great find! 

  • July 28, 2017

    by Kat

    What age would you suggest using retinol for best long term effects? Thanks

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