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Medik8 Retinol 3 TR Review

is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Fine Lines
December 19, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments
TRU Rating
A no-sting retinol that works for all ages


Reduces fine lines and smooths skin



By Kelly

At 52, my skincare routine is basic: exfoliation, moisturize and apply an occasional serum. The years do pass, however, and I’ve noticed increasing spotting on my forehead, mild wrinkles, and the beginning of some sag. Who wants that, right?

Confession: I’m somewhat of a skeptic about products that promise the world yet fail to deliver much. It’s time to step up my game, yes, but I don’t want to toss money away. If a product works, then I’m all for it. 

Medik8’s website states that this serum contains a “fast-absorbing vitamin A serum” containing 0.3% retinol buffered with tocopheryl acetate: a form of vitamin E. This ingredient is detailed in Truth-in-Aging’s ingredient resources as “a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant.” 

I was sent a sample of Medik8 3 TR to try for four weeks. I followed the product’s simple directions, applying it only to the left side of my face after cleansing in the evenings. I paid particular attention to the area of hyperpigmentation on my forehead and hoped for the best. 

The first thing I noticed about this product was the application. It’s like spreading silk on your face. Seriously. The serum contains Cyclopentasiloxane, a silicone that provides a protective barrier on the skin. I was delighted with the unique, fluid feel when applying Medik8 Retinol 3 TR to my skin. There isn’t a greasy coating, just skin that feels soft, silky, and uber-touchable. I did not notice any fragrance at all when applying the serum.

The beauty of Medik8 3 TR is found in the gentle nature of the 0.3% retinol serum. In the past, I have had retinol products that left me with red and flaky skin. Not so with Medik8’s 3 TR! It’s the most gentle retinol project I have ever tried.

But did I see results? First, to my surprise, yes, I did see a lessening of the hyperpigmentation on my forehead. In four weeks, I saw significant results as the spotting lightened. No, the product did not completely eliminate the spotting, but the improvement was markedly visible.

Secondly, I did see a reduction in the fine lines on the left side of my face in comparison to the right side that received no product. The deeper lines are still there, but honestly, I did not expect big results on deep lines in a four week period. 

Thirdly, I saw the general condition of my skin improved. My skin was smoother, softer and brighter, thanks to retinol’s ability to remove dead skin cells. In addition to the retinol, Medik8 3TR includes BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, which works to gently exfoliate the skin, and cleanse pores. During this time, I did not experience any adult acne, as I sometimes do.

Medik8 3 TR is extremely gentle. There was no burning or even a hint of a sting. I would recommend this product to anyone new to retinol, or to someone who might have had issues with retinol in the past. If that’s you, follow the listed precautions and phase it into your routine gradually. I had no issue whatsoever when introducing Medik8 into my skincare routine.

Medik8 suggests it’s 3 TR serum is for people in their 30s and 40s, offering a stronger serum, Medik8’s 6 TR (0.6% retinol) for persons from 30 to 60+.  I would be interested in trying Medik8 6 TR after using 3 TR without any issues. With that said, Medik8’s 3 TR was a perfect choice for me as I haven’t used a retinol product for some time. Give it a try.

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