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Retrospect Night Renewal- reader reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by TIA Community Member December 7, 2012 11 Comments

Pros

Contains keratin to stimulate collagen production

Cons

Phenoxyethanol
A luxuriously rich, anti-aging cream that keeps wrinkles at bay

Reviewed by Jeanne

I’m a “certain age,” which means I’m looking for a powerhouse of a night cream to erase the evidence of aging; or at least diminish a few wrinkles, hydrate my skin, and do whatever other wonders possible. Best of all, as a multi-tasking mom, I’d love for all this “repair” to happen while I sleep, meaning less work for me during the day.  Yes, I love beauty products but I also like simple. Two or three lotions that work well without me going crazy remembering what I need to put on first, second and third are fine by me. All of which is a longwinded way of saying I liked Retrospect Night Renewal ($80) for the sheer reason that it does what it says; packing a punch of GOOD against one tough customer — my face!

Not only did it reduce the natural redness that now seems to grace this mug of mine (oh, the perils of getting older), but it felt divine — smooth to the touch and easy to dab on without using too much. According to the literature, “Retrospect Night Renewal is rich in vitamins and plant esters to nourish and repair the skin while you sleep. It reduces redness and rapidly hydrates.” After using it for close to 8 weeks, I’m a happy customer.  It goes on “like buttah” — like dipping your fingers in a vat of pure cream. Added points for its lack of any noticeable scent. It just feels clean, pure, and rich. I also like the packaging, a red jar with a screw top that twists and turns with elegance.

What makes this item different from other night creams is its infusion of keratin, yes, THAT keratin… the one behind all those hair stories. This patented “Replicine Functional Keratin” works with the biological systems of the skin to stimulate cell growth and encourage the right kind of collagen production. While ideally the company wants you to use all their products, there is a whole “system” at play here with a microdermabrasion cream, protein surge gel cleanser and more. I’m here to tell you this one cream (at least at night) is definitely a winner. After two months of testing it, my skin felt renewed and fresh, with my wrinkles kept at bay and a noticeable sense of my skin feeling “alive” and well and ready to take on another multi-tasking day.

Ingredients: Water , Ethylhexyl Olivate, Oxidized Keratin, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Retinyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Linolenic Acid, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Also says on package: Retrospect Night Renewal does not contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors or fragrances, GMOs, phthalates, Triclosan or mineral oils.

  • January 12, 2013

    by RobK

    Oxidized keratin is used in this university of miami study showing increase in collagen 4 and 7 production by skin cells.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22621188.
    it is also used in this study showing faster wound healing and more robust skin of children with a bilstering skin disorder http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22914035.
    The way it works on skin is very different to the way it works on hair, one is helping the biology of the live cells in skin, the other is rebuilding the structure of cells in hair. The unique method of making the oxidized keratin makes it different to the standard hydrolyzed keratin used in inexpensive shampoos. It means it is more like the body's own keratin than anything else, and so can work with the body in a way no other keratin can. The trade brand across the wound care, skin care and hair care products that contain the technology is Replicine Functional Keratin.

  • December 18, 2012

    by Kendall

    Dennis,
    The "old keratin" is the hydrolyzed keratin which is in a lot of hair products. This is functional keratin (oxidized). I found a lot of info at Keraplast.com and keratinquestions.com about the differences.
    Julie, according to my research both your hair and your skin are 80 to 90% keratin so your hair and skin are very much alike from a molecular make up.

  • December 18, 2012

    by Dennis

    Retrospects site informs me it is a "skin identical" ingredient. I have heard a lot about these ingredients, specifically on Paula Begoun's site. http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/skin-identical-ingredients.

    I also looked at the NCBI study, which i found encouraging, linked to a Keratin-based hydrogel study in would healing. Is this the same? What's the difference between regular old Keratin found in many inexpensive shampoos and the oxidized keratin in retrospect? And more importantly, does it justify the price tag, especially when you consider the rest of the ingredients?

  • December 18, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    I'm going to jump in here because yesterday I did some research and found that function keratin is used quite typically in hair products; both expensive and economical (eg. Suave). It's basic function is it's ability to pierce the hair shaft and thus begin to heal any structural damage. Although it listed skin care as a "useage" for functional keratin, I couldn't find a single product.

    Now me, myself, instead of being impressed by Retrospect boasting this ingredient and basing this product around it... me- I ask why I should be impressed? My skin isn't anything like my hair.

    Again, my opinion only. But I dislike gimmicks. ~jk

  • December 17, 2012

    by Kendall

    Dennis,
    Go to retrospectusa.com and look under science tab. Also at keraplast.com. I think this is a medical wound healing company that has done tons of testing in the medical world and as I understand hold the only patents for Functional Keratin as opposed to the common hydrolyzed keratin. They are now going into skin care and wrinkle reduction by stimulating the body to produce collegen 4 and 7.

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