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Skinfinite Platinum PM Cream 1% Retinol - reader reviewed

Our Rating: 3 stars


Shea butter makes for a creamy consistency and easy application


Caused skin irritation when used daily without gradual introduction
September 7, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 4 Comments
Take time to gauge skin sensitivity and adjust usage as needed

Reviewed by Mary

I have been using Skinfinite Platinum PM Cream 1% Retinol ($79 in the TIA shop) for over one month now. The product claims that their retinol is entrapped in molecular microsponges that enhances skin penetration in a time-release delivery system.

Normal and sensitive skins should start out slowly with this product, using it only one to three times a week. I, however, jumped right in and began using it daily and by the fourth day I had very irritated skin! I cut back to using it twice a week.

One of the pros of the Platinum PM Cream is its creamy consistency, which makes it easy to apply. It does contain shea butter. On the other hand, it contains dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer along with several other ingredients such as copolymer and carbomer that I am not familiar with. After using this cream for over a month my skin appears a little brighter, but as with all retinols it takes about six months to see any significant results. Personally, I would rather use a retinol product that did not contain so many additional ingredients, particularly the "cones."

Ingredients: aqua (water), caprylic/capric triglyceride, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, allyl methacrylate crosspolymer, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), polysorbate 60, stearyl alcohol, cyclohexasiloxane, retinol, sodium hyaluronate, dimethicone, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, cordyceps sinensis extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, trametes (coriolus) versicolor (mushroom) extract, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, beta glucan, ceramide 2, polysorbate 20, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, butylenes glycol, peg-60 almond glycerides, nordihydroguaiaretic acid, oleanolic acid, glyceryl acrylate/acrylic acid copolymer, carbomer, triethanolamine, bht, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol.

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  • November 2, 2013

    by Marja

    I can only contribute my two cents re-the use and feel of this product over a very short period, cause I received a sample in the beauty box from Marta's (a yearly subscription) but this product struck me as special. FYI, my skin is used to both retin-A and several (actually, many!) Retinol products but this one ....... it felt special, even after one use I saw results, amazing! especially cause hardly ever, over my now 45 years of steady use and search for effective skin care (me, tried every brand round the globe, fell for every 'innovation' yes, I know, not only sounds this stupid, it actually is stupid but, my skin is important for me). Back to the sample I received, I found it a great pity that the sample was sooo tiny. Besides that, the cream smelled funny, unpleasantly so. Further more, I do not prefer silicones in products, these give me the idea of pretense, rather than being effective. Having said all this, imagine my suprise after just 2 applications: the fine lines from my nose to mouth, diminished.
    hopefully their will be in the upcoming beauty box another sample of this product (please, can that be somewhat more substantial, more than the tiny tiny sample I received?!) so that I can decide whether this product really delivers, in time, as great as I hope .......

  • October 29, 2013

    by Firefly

    (5 out of 5)

    I love this retinol cream. I'm reviewing it today because my container is empty as of last night and I'm ordering more from Truth in Aging at once. I've been using it for over 3 months and although I started out using it every other day the first week, I quickly began using it every night since my sensitive skin had no reactions. I exfoliate my skin weekly though, so maybe it's toughened up a bit but I have had reactions with a few other retinols sold on this site, just not this one. I love the consistency of this one and I swear my skin looks better just 3 1/2 months later after using this consistently.

  • September 20, 2011

    by Natalie M. Rogers, CEO

    Hi Betty & Mary,

    I just finished reading your two reviews on Skinfinite's Platinum PM Cream 1% Retinol product. As one of the developers of the Skinfinite line of cosmeceuticals, I wanted to respond to your comments and concerns expressed in your review.

    Mary and Betty you each stated that you did not follow the directions for use and, instead, applied Skinfinite's Platinum PM Cream 1% Retinol every day. By the fourth day , Mary stated that her skin was "very irritated."

    It is important to note that the the 1% retinol in Skinfinite's Platinum PM Cream is entrapped in a microsponge delivery system that protects the activity of the retinol and also enhances its time-released penetration, making this a very active night cream. The Skinfinite Platinum PM Cream 1% Retinol is a true "cosmeceutical" and directions must be followed closely. If you have ever used Retin-A, the recommendations for use are similar. You must begin by using the cream every other night and gauge your sensitivity. Reducing frequency of use if irritation develops (1-3 times a week as tolerated).

    Skinfinite's Platinum PM Cream 1% Retinol delivers results comparable to Retin-A but is much less expensive and can be obtained without a prescription, but directions must be followed.

    Eventually, your skin will become acclimated and you will experience the ultimate benefits of retinol: reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, over-all skin brightening, minimization of hyper-pigmentation and reduction of acneic skin conditions.

    In addition, Mary had some concerns regarding the inclusion of both silicones and carbomer in the formula.

    Silicones are both safe and effective as a moisturizers and anti-aging ingredients. They impart a silky feel, act as a film-former to reduce moisture loss and "fill in" fine lines to minimize their appearance.

    Carbomers are both safe and effective thickening agents and help to distribute and suspend solids into liquid to prevent the oil and liquid parts of a solution from separating. They also have the ability to absorb and retain water and can swell up to 1000 time their original volume when dispersed in a formula.

    I would appreciate if both reviewers would wait until any/all sensitivity is gone and try the product again following the directions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at I hope that you will find this information helpful...Skinfinitely yours, Natalie M. Rogers, CEO.

  • September 7, 2011

    by Betty

    I too was sent this new cream to test and like the reviewer, my skin did not react in a kind way. I was using it every night as I usually do with my Peter Thomas Roth retinol serum. Of course I only used the cream not the two combined. After about 6 nights of using this cream, my undereye area and my neck were greatly inflamed and sore. I stopped the cream for another week and applied pur aloe to heal my skin. I then tried the cream again, using it 3 nights in a row-but with the same results. Something in the formulation is too much for my skin. I will drop back to using it 3 times a week and see if it is any better. I really wanted to like this cream- but my skin does not. In all fairness perhaps if I had only used it 3 times a week from the beginning I would have had a better outcome.

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