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Retrospect Feet, Knees and Elbows- reader reviewed and recommended

Our Rating: 4 stars


All day hydration using only a modest amount of product


High price point
October 16, 2012 Reviewed by Emily 12 Comments
Much more effective than typical petroleum-based dry skin treatments

Truth in Aging has shared a winner with me and I am happy to spread the news. As the fall weather arrived in recent weeks, I asked TIA to let me try some body lotions and/or foot-and-really-dry-skin potions. TIA obliged with two products to test: This one is the Retrospect Feet, Knees, & Elbows ($38 in the shop), which sort of says it all. I’ve been using it for only three weeks, and it’s terrific.

The product packaging advises that it can be used on very dry, cracked skin. My skin is dry, and of course gets much worse in the cold weather. I’m vigilant about slathering on creams and lotions, so my feet, hands, elbows, etc. aren’t so bad, but I’d be willing to bet this lotion – and it’s surprisingly lightweight and not remotely gunky or greasy – would repair even feet that had suffered greater neglect. It is not a heavy goo (many of these are), but a fluid, emollient vanilla-colored lotion that goes on very pleasantly, and feels great. It both smooths and soothes, and seems to last on the skin longer than such products usually do (e.g., even after a day of running around on those same feet). My feet and knees are loving it, to the point of putting off a pedicure, and I’ve even dabbed it on my chronically dry hands and cuticles too. (In fact, Retrospect sells several products, according to its website, one of which is the Hand & Nail Reconstructor: and yes, that’s a hint for you, TIA. I’m here.)

The brand name puzzled me at first: usually cosmetic products pick cheery, forward-looking terminology. But when I noticed that the simple and attractive logo looks like the double-triangle “fast rewind” button (on video controls), I got the point. (Oh, and the packaging is red, my favorite color.)

There’s an interesting and credible story on the website. The product description highlights Retrospect’s proprietary ingredient: “Functional Keratin© acts rapidly to repair skin, by stimulating skin cells to accelerate healing. Immediate and sustained hydration is achieved with blends of Lanolin, Castor and Olive oil extracts that provide a natural affinity with the skins own lipids. Bisabolol and Ginger root act as a strong anti-inflammation agent to soothe sore skin. Softens skin and has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.”

So what is Functional Keratin? The website discloses that Retrospect is the cosmetic brand of Keraplast Technologies LLC, a privately held company founded in 1996. Again, per the site: “Keraplast is the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of keratin products. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Keraplast manufactures Replicine™ Functional Keratin® wound care products with FDA and CE mark clearance for sale around the world. The Retrospect brand contains the same active ingredients found in the Keraplast advanced wound care products.” Keraplast’s own site provides additional information on keratin, the role of these proteins in tissues, and the company’s claims for patented proprietary technologies for their extraction from natural sources and use in products.

I don’t mean to shill or merely parrot the brand’s own PR, but it makes sense – and my experience has been very positive. The rest of the ingredients list isn’t (as far as I can tell) remarkable or unusual, but of course a lot of what you often see isn’t in there, either. It isn’t as cheap as a drugstore (typically petroleum-based) dry skin healer, but at $38 for 5 ounces, it’s reasonable, particularly since you can use modest amounts rather than gobs at a time. I’ll buy it again.

Ingredients: Water, Urea, Decyl oleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Lanolin, Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Keratin and Hydrolyzed Keratin, Glycerin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate and Isopropyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Panthenol, Bisabolol and Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance

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  • October 22, 2012

    by Emily

    Thank you Holly! I think I'll take advantage of this as all the women in my family could use help for feet and hands! Thanks.

  • October 19, 2012

    by Jerrilynn Atherton

    Great review! I would love to try it...I need all the help I can get!

  • October 19, 2012

    by Holly

    So glad you like the product Emily! Here's a coupon code for your readers so that they can try it too! Go to and use "RETRO25" at checkout for a 25% off discount.


  • October 18, 2012

    by Jacqueline

    I would love to try Retrospect, sounds like what I have been waiting for. Thanks Emily

  • October 17, 2012

    by Elisse

    i woud LOVE to try it- and any other products- especially for my super-rough feet, and Psoriasis-rough elbows and knees! I will ONLY use natural products- no steroids or other immune system depressants under any circumstances- so I'm always on the lookout for great new skin-softeners!!

  • October 17, 2012

    by Amy

    Great review...i would love to try the cleanser. I'm looking for an affordable alternative to Tracie Martyn Amla cleanser....I always return to it, despite the cost, but would love to find something new!

  • October 17, 2012

    by Chris

    I would love to try this on my eczema-ridden hands. Between colder weather creeping in and my new fitness regimen of Crossfit - lifting some heavy barbells four days a week - my hands are worse than they've been in a long time. The only product I've found that even remotely gives me some relief with the cracking and bleeding is Flexitol Heel Balm, which I believe also contains urea but tends to sting quite a bit. I'd love to see if this would save my hands.

  • October 17, 2012

    by Marta

    Susan, congratulations! 85lbs is an amazing achievement. You should be feeling very proud of yourself

  • October 17, 2012

    by Carol

    Thanks Emily for the very thorough info. It's only October and my elbows are freaking out! I would like to test Retrospect's anti-aging C4-7 Intensive Serum or Protein Surge Gel Cleanser and see how they stack up.

  • October 17, 2012

    by Susan

    After having lost 85lbs since Nov 2011, my skin could use some pampering. I am jumping at the chance to try this product...the eye serum sounds interesting as well...will have to look into that.

  • October 17, 2012

    by cindy

    The C4-7 Intensive Serum sounds impressive, too. I'd love to try these products.

  • October 17, 2012

    by Marta Wohrle

    Thanks for the review Emily and I'm glad you liked it. I've just started with Retrospect's eye serum, so more to come on this brand....

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