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Osmosis Correct- reviewed and recommended

Osmosis Correct 1 oz


Non-irritating, smooths lines around lips and neck


Difficulty with pump
May 1, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 17 Comments
A gentle, retinol product for sensitive skin

Osmosis has done it again: an effective product at a great price with proven anti-agers. I learned to love Osmosis Replenish several years ago, but have only just got to be impressed by Osmosis Correct ($56), a skin resurfacer with retinal at .05%.

Members of the Truth In Aging community are likely aware that I regard retinols with caution. However, I wanted to see if this one from Osmosis – which surrounds its retinal with plenty of other interesting ingredients – would be effective without being irritating. I tested it to tackle lip lines, but found that although Osmosis Correct is relatively gentle, I was more comfortable using it on my neck. Oh, and I was pleased to see that it did help to fade those lines and smooth the skin on my neck.

The retinol in Correct is trans-retinal (retinaldehyde), a form of retin A that is relatively stronger as well as being gentler. A Swiss study concluded: "Retinaldehyde, which is fairly well tolerated, seems to be the most efficient cosmeceutical retinoid; it has significant efficiency toward oxidative stress, cutaneous bacterial flora, epidermis renewing, and photoaging." Having said that, retinols in general can be irritating and, if over used, can thin the skin due to their powerful exfoliating effect.

Correct has an interesting selection of actives. I was very pleased to see the relatively new peptide, caprooyl tetrapeptide-3. Known as ChroNoline, I first came across this in the recently revamped La Vie Celeste products and SenZen. It may help maintain the structure of the skin and prevent sagging by boosting laminin as well as collagen lll. Anti-aging heavy hitters continue with two wound repairers, epidermal growth factor and GHK copper peptide, antioxidant R-lipoic acid and chlorella, and 1,3 beta glucan (usually found in mushrooms), which can activate the immune system.

Other ingredients are ubiquitous across the Osmosis stable, such as the (also very good) Replenish. Both have phosphatidylcholine, niacinamide and L-lactic acid. Phosphatidylcholine has essential fatty acids that assist in the communication and repair of cell membranes throughout the body, including within the skin.

There’s nothing to dislike about Correct, except that the pump has a tendency to resist and then send a stream of orange serum across the bathroom. The smell is slightly bitter but, like the slight tackiness after application, soon dissipates.

Although I will continue to be a sparing (only where needed for stubbornly sun damaged or lined skin) and cautious (only at night) user of Osmosis Correct, it is a retinol-based serum that has my blessing. Although given the toxicity concerns around retinols, I would not recommend this for pregnant women.

Ingredients: Aqua (Harmonized Water), Lecithin (Phosphatidylcholine), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Chlorella Vulgaris Officinalis Extract, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Asiaticoside, Beta-Glucan (D), Fulvic Acid, Lactic Acid (L), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), L-Hydroxyproline, Thioctic (R-lipoic) Acid, Retinal (.05% Retinaldehyde), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium(Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Lonicera Japonica(Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Cyclodextrin, Pentylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Dextran, Dimethyl Sulfone

  • December 14, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Barbara, you may able to buy from Osmosis itself, otherwise they sell through salons. We no longer sell this brand.

  • December 14, 2015

    by Barbara

    Went online to try and find this product Osmosis correct aging/normal skin serum but I am only able to find other osmosis products, where can I purchase it


  • April 8, 2015

    by Margaret M Joyce

    What about TOO much Vitamin A? I take a supplement, recommended by EYE DR. has been tested in EYE INSTITUTES for help in Macular Degenertion .Was using products with Retinol A & Hyaluronic Acid. B.P. went VERY Hi.Face turned red. I have Very sensitive skin----------always have had. Not overweight at all. Have turned to DeCAF (always ORGANIC) LowAcid coffee. I am 88 but look much younger. Want to stay beautiful. What should I use. Trader Joe's has a Very Inexpensive moisture Lotion called ENRICH Broad spectrum SPF 15. has AC& E & Retinyl A Feels good on face. I use Clinique cosmetics. I quit the Hyaluronic.

  • April 22, 2014

    by carole

    Suffering from Actinic Ketosis and after reading Daily Mail article on Osmosis skin care. Is this a product I should use? I am 63 and female FYO.

  • July 21, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Janet, I see from your comment that you are mostly concerned with sagging skin. In which case, I wouldn't recommend this product as it is mostly for wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Retinols do not really address sagging as well as some other ingredients. Please take a look at our Five Best for sagging skin:

    As you are also looking for an eye cream, the most firming are by AQ and Your Best Face (Correct). Here are links to both:

  • July 21, 2013

    by Janet Rapel

    Love your Website and advice, very useful. I am new to the purchase of serums and anti- sagging products and I seem to be overwhelmed w/ so many options. I need a powerful anti sagging regimen this includes serum , cream and eye cream. I was considering the Osmosis Correct. I am 49 and blessed w/ a wrinkle free skin, but I started noticing a little crease by my laugh line area. In the past I only used Retin A and moisturizers, what should I use now? Please advise.

    Janet R

  • October 20, 2012

    by Monica

    Thanks Marta for your advice, much appreciated

  • October 19, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Monica, I would suggest you try them first. Everyone is a little different. I do need to use a moisturizer with these products, but you may not. I like Skin Nutrition Cell CPR. But less expensive options would be Snowberry Day Moisturizer or La Vie Celeste's Day/Night Cream.

  • October 19, 2012

    by Monica

    Do you also need to use a moisturiser if you are using Osmosis Correct and Replenish? If so why would you recommend? Thanks

  • August 26, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Denise, I gave Ultra Renew and the Osmosis Correct a try. It only had enough slip for a few minutes - not a full session's worth - before being absorbed by the skin. But it could be a good idea towards the end of the session as the ultrasound will help it penetrate.

  • August 25, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Denise, I don't think that it would be too harsh, but there might not be enough slip. I will give it a try this evening and let you know how it works.

  • August 25, 2012

    by Denise

    Could you use this with the Ultra Renew, or would it be too harsh in combination with the Ultrasound?

  • May 2, 2012

    by Pamela

    I have been using Osmosis Renew for a while (it's the next step stronger retinaldehyde product after your skin gets accustomed to Correct.) I mix it with their Catalyst and use it at night and it has made some tremendous improvements in my skin and wrinkle depth. My skin is quite sensitive to harsh products and I've never before been able to tolerate retinoids, but these from Osmosis are terrific. During the day, I mix the antioxidant serum Replenish with Catalyst and must say I love Replenish as well.

  • May 2, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Dani
    I see <a href="" rel="nofollow">Osmosis Replenish</a> as more of an antioxidant serum with ingredients like astaxathin, amino acids and the peptide Matrixyl. Correct is more about exfoliating and repair. They could be very complimentary with Replenish used daytime and Correct at night.

  • May 1, 2012

    by Dani Valkova

    What's the different between Osmosis Correct and Osmosis Replemish? A little confused..

  • May 1, 2012

    by Marta

    Thanks Val - duly corrected

  • May 1, 2012

    by Valerie

    You need a correction on the heading. It says Osmotics, instead of Osmosis. :-)

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