La Roche-Posay | Redermic [R] Pure Retinol

Redermic R is a treatment created by La Roche-Posay for people to effectively treat wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Typical retinol treatments can be too harsh for a lot of skin types, but this will treat the skin effectively and at the same time, will not cause discomfort or irritation.

About Retinol

Retinol is a name frequently associated with anti-ageing creams and treatments, so I wanted to break it down so you know what it is all about. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A , and it can bind easily with skin cell receptors that triggers more cell growth and removes old skin cells. It is an recognised by all dermatologists and skin experts as one of the most effective treamtents to treat the signs of skin ageing. They don’t tend to agree on many other ingredients, but Retinol seems to be an across-the-board winner! Vitamin A is also a very good treatment for acne skins, so alongside anti-ageing and resurfacing properties, it is very good for treating congested and blemish-prone skins = a wonder treatment!

Redermic R* comes in a metallic 30ml tube with quite a thin applicator nib – to me this straight away tells me to use sparingly! It is a lightweight cream/gel texture and spreads out on the skin easily so you really don’t need a lot. It can be used all over the face on it’s own (for combination /oily skins) or under your moisturiser (normal-dry skins), or just in targeted areas you are wanting to treat. As it is a retinol treatment, you will need an SPF on the face when you are using it as it will gently re-surface the skin making it more susceptible to sun damage. It contains 0.3% retinol, which sounds like nothing but this is relatively high as far as high street retinol goes.

I am personally using this just in the PM (alternating in with my night oil) in my more blemished areas…I am using it as a blemish battler and acne scar/brightening treatment. So far (4 weeks), I can really tell an improvement on my general skin tone, I am still getting my little breakouts and I have accepted this will always happen but the texture of my skin has definitely improved and looks more even. It does contain a little bit of hyaluronic acid but if you are even a normal skin type this will not be enough to hydrate the skin. I think most people would use this in conjunction with another cream.

Summary of Redermic R Benefits:
– Fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced
– Dark spots appear faded
– Skin texture appears refined leaving it visibly smoother and more even-toned
– 30% reduction in the appearance of upper lip wrinkles*
– 24% reduction in the appearance of forehead wrinkles*
– 22% reduction in the appearance of crow’s feet eye wrinkles*

*Clinical assessment

If you are a bit apprehensive about retinol this is a good one to try, as it isn’t going to inflame or react on the skin like some of the creams can. It is tested under dermatological control, suitable for sensitive skin types, hypoallergenic and contains no parabens. It is actually a very reasonable price too for something with a good grade and concentration of Retinol and the cheapest I can find it is at Boots here for £18.66.