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Recently I was given the opportunity to test Sciote Advanced Retinol Serum ($68). Sciote, which is Latin for “know thyself“, is a product of Aldo Celeste and produced in Denver. I really like this company and their mindfulness to combining pure natural ingredients with cutting edge technology to produce effective, well balanced products. Last year at this time I tested Sciote Advanced Retinol Crème and really was impressed. Where the creme was a combination of retinol and antioxidants, the Sciote Advanced Retinol Serum is more of a supportive product.
HyalurosmoothTM, canola oil, pentylene glycol and phospholipids have humectant and water binding properties that plump the skin, in turn supporting the skin’s moisture barrier. Thioctic acid is an antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and can actually recycle antioxidant free radicals back to their active state. Clear and bright skin is provided by the witch hazel, indian sandalwood (rarest and best type), salicylic acid and propolis. The interesting additions of gotu kola and horsetail plant extract provides a positive impact on connective tissue as they support collagen bundles which aid skin firmness and elasticity.
The instructions say to use the Sciote Advanced Retinol Serum under the Sciote Advanced Retinol Crème but as I did not have it, I used it under SkinCeuticals 1.0 retinol. I have used the product for a month, three or four times a week. Like the crème, the serum in housed in an airless pump canister. It is a thin, opaque liquid that spreads easily and absorbs quickly. There is very little fragrance to irritate those sensitive to perfumes.
My honest opinion would have been that it was doing very little for me. Then ironically, today as I started my review, my co-worker and I were discussing foundation and she told me my skin looked so plump and bright. Hmmm? Sometimes changes are so subtle that we do not recognize them. I will definitely keep using the combination to see how my skin reacts with more time. At $68 for 1.0 oz., I feel this is a bargain for an elixir of such supreme quality.