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Sciote Advanced Retinol Creme

Size: 1.7 oz (50 ml)

Sciote Advanced Retinol Creme is an antioxidant-rich creamy treatment formulated for people looking to eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all while maintaining moisture and protection. This potent formula uses 2% retinol to help in cell turnover and combat free radicals. Like all products in the Truth In Aging store it has been tested by members of the community so that you can trust that it works.

Sciote Advanced Retinol Creme has a base of aloe vera instead of water, to even more fully and completely moisturize and replenish your skin. In fact, there is absolutely no water in this product at all. A powerful blend of antioxidants, combined with vitamin A helps wrinkles to disappear, while preventing premature aging due to sun exposure and free radicals. Especially good for mature, sun-damaged and acneic skin, this natural formula also helps to provide protection from the damage of the elements.

TIA Review by Kelly:
If I were a car I would probably be a base model Lexus — you know, good engine and good lines but no frills. This is the way I approach skin care. I have been blessed with good skin that is partly genetic and partly my obsession with healthy living. Beyond cleaning and moisturizing, though, I feel a total ineptitude in understanding the what, when and how of the myriad beauty products on the market. So when I got the opportunity to try Sciote Advanced Retinol Crème, I was intrigued.

Sciote Retinol Crème is a combination of antioxidants and retinol in a base of organic aloe vera. You can’t get much simpler than that. Sciote markets this cream for mature, sun-damaged and acneic skin, which for me is two out of three. I do not have fine lines or wrinkles, but I do have the evidence of past sun worship in the form of sunspots and collagen loss. This product contains 2% retinol, which, while a significant amount, is far less irritating than prescription retinol. Directions are to apply two to three pumps in the evening two to five times per week, and it will replenish and protect the skin’s moisture barrier while repairing the damage from sun exposure and free radicals.

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which is used to soften skin and reduce the look of wrinkles. An independent in vivo study published in 2007 in the Archives of Dermatology found that even a concentration of 0.4% applied three times a week for six months could result in significant reversal of cellular damage in mature skin. So, I expected great things from this powerhouse. While retinol is repairing the skin, a cocktail of antioxidants from botanicals are countering the natural aging process by protecting collagen strands and skin cells from inflammation damage. I love the simplicity of this product, but how do I feel about the product itself?

It is bottled in an airtight, white plastic tube, which I appreciate as antioxidants should not be exposed to light. The pump system delivers a pea-size amount with no sputtering issues. It is a mid-weight white cream with no scent. Spreading it across my face is effortless, and it leaves my skin with a soft, velvety texture. I have used it for approximately six weeks now, and the cumulative effect is really good. My skin tone has evened out so well that lately I have stopped using liquid foundation, opting for just a bronzer and blush. At 1.7 oz and priced at $64, I feel this product is affordable. The only nasties are cetyl alcohol which is a possible irritant for sensitive skin and phenoxyethanol which is at the end of the ingredient list. As a parting note, I love the company’s philosophy of pure ingredients, mindfulness and knowledge. That combined with the effectiveness of the product is a win-win to me.

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My esthetician, Ildi Pekar, suggested that I use some retinol on some areas that she has been working on with me— the lip lines around my mouth and the cross-hatching on my outer under eyes. I am cautious at best when it comes to retinol, but I have used Amarte’s Eyeconic with 3.8% retinol... read more

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  • Toni

    (5 out of 5)

    I've come back for more of Sciote's Retinol Creme because I love the results! It's not drying AT ALL, which is what I was concerned about. Since using the creme, I notice smoother, even toned skin. And most importantly, my fine lines are diminishing. Last, but certainly not least, the price is great!

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  • Jessica

    (5 out of 5)

    Sciote "hits" it again. I am currently using several of Sciote's products and have found, without exception, that this line makes wonderful and consistently superior skin care products (like many other skin care lines on TIA!!).

    I've written in several reviews that as I approach 60 (I am ALMOST 59--and savoring the 2 months I have before this milestone...), I am trying to wean myself off of my 3-4 years of high percentage daily retinol use. Thankfully, the product(s) I was using did not have any of the 'nasties' to which Marta refers in many of her stellar reviews.

    Nonetheless, until I started my wean, I did not realize that my skin was indeed thinning and becoming "dull"--most likely from the product(s) and my continued loss of estrogen. I am still using the Sciote Advanced Retinol Creme (over the Sciote Retinol Serum), but have decreased my use down to approximately twice weekly at night. To fill the vacuum, I am using some of TIA's fantastic Vitamin C products, the Amarte Eyeconic Eye Creme (it does have retinol) OVER Sciote's Vitamin C eye product. I am also utilizing the Truth Vitality (Red LED) Lux twice daily and the Trophy Skin Microderm MD approximately 2 times/week (on the "Auto" setting)..

    Adding in some of TIA's "heavy hitters" like MitoQ and YBF's Restore have filled the rest of the void left by my daily retinol use (with sunscreens and great moisturizers). So, I have essentially found healthier ways to rejuvenate my new skin cells as I stuff off the old.

    The only ingredients in the Sciote Advanced Retinol Creme that give me pause are cetyl alcohol and phenoxyethanol.

    While I absolutely LOVE the Sciote Advanced Retinol Creme, it is a product that does not need daily use to maximize it's effects. And I am a huge fan of retinol!! Combining it with Sciote's Advanced Retinol Serum allows for easier spreadability. However, a little of both products goes a long way. There is little to no scent for those who cannot tolerate mixing scents in skin care or any smell at all.

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  • Trina

    (5 out of 5)

    Hands down one of the best retinol creams I have ever used! Highly recommend this product.

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  • Kemoy

    (4 out of 5)

    This is the best non-perscription Retinol product I have tried!!! I use this treatment on nights I do not use my Sciote Illume serum. This treatment has minimized the appearance of hyperpigmentation from past breakouts. In addition, to drastically reducing the occurance of my mild cystic acne. Prior to using this product, I relied on a really expensive prescription retinol treatment to keep my skin clear and to treat my mild cystic acne. I actually like this treatment better because of the hydrating properties and it does not irritate my combination dehydrated skin. Best of all using of both Sciote Retinol Creme & Sciote Illume Serum has given my skin a glow!

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  • Karen

    (4 out of 5)

    If you look at the ingredient list, the first one is organic aloe vera - not water. How great is that! Also, high on the list in spot four is retinol. I like that I am actually getting an effective amount of the ingredient I bought the product for. This retinol creme also has antioxidants in it, and I feel good about having those in a retinol product, since even the word "retinol" makes me a bit wary, but with the added antioxidants and moisture-producing/protecting ingredients, I'm not so worried about drying out. Because of the combination of ingredients in this creme, I have had no irritation at all - no redness, no dryness, and no peeling. It seems to leave my skin smoother and more even-toned. My eye wrinkles might be getting better, too. It's hard to say because my smile lines are very deep. And maybe because this isn't so strong that it irritates, I might need just a bit more time to see dramatic improvement in the wrinkle department. I think that's an okay compromise.

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  • Chaela

    (5 out of 5)

    I'm a practical, no-frills kind of gal when it comes to skin care. An assistant scuba instructor, bike rider, hiker, kayaker and all around outdoor enthusiast, I'm blessed with good skin and salt water, take a toll.

    I tend to stay away from any product that makes great claims, preferring simple face creams with minimal scent. I don't trust a lot of the false claims.

    After finding this site, I took the plunge and ordered the Sciote Retinol Creme. I use it every couple evenings. I'm please to say it gives my skin a luxurious, velvety feel, and yes, has even smoothed out my skin tone. I haven't seen much reduction in the appearance of fine lines yet - I have quite a few smile and laugh lines. Still...I'm a believer!

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  • Ginger

    (5 out of 5)

    I been using the Sciote Retinol Creme and I love this product.
    I have to say that I noticed a reduction of my fine lines and wrinkles around my eye area and forehead area within a couple of weeks. The feel of the creme is silky smooth and very hydrating. I would recommend this product highly!!

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  • Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)
  • Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil)
  • Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil)
  • Retinol
  • Pentylene Glycol
  • Phospholipids
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Potassium Phosphate
  • Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (HyalurosmoothTM)
  • Tocopheryl (Vitamin E)
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Stearic Acid
  • Kosher Vegetable Glycerin
  • Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil)
  • Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)
  • Wildcrafted Resina Propoli (Propolis)
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
  • Ethylhexyl Glycerin
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Citric Acid.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Airless Pump (VIDEO)

Airless pumps are great because they keep your products fresher longer; but they can sometimes be tricky to work with! Here, Marta offers a few tips on how to get the most out of airless pumps.

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Following Retinol Serum, apply 2-3 pumps in the evening 2-5 times per week.

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