I recently mentioned during my review here, that I was using a second serum in my night time skincare routine, so today I wanted to talk in-depth about it. This is the Skincare Cosmetics Retinol Vitamin Enriched Skin Brightener. I picked this up in TK Maxx for £9.99 a while ago, and have since been using this daily in my night time skincare routine. Because I found this in TK Maxx, this does mean this product is a bit tricky to reliably get hold of in-stores, but I have to say I’m glad I picked this up when I did.
So what is this product? It claims to be a product for “even[ing] out skin tone on face, hands and body”, while also making the following claims:
- Vitamin A enhances the brightening results while also reducing the visible signs of aging.
- Botanical and fruit extracts give brightening benefits without hydroquinone.
- Skin will look and feel fresher and more luminous in just 4 weeks.
First of all, I want to be very blunt and say that I didn’t find this made my skin “more luminous” although what it did do, which is what I love about this product so much, is that I feel like my acne scars heal a little bit faster than when I wasn’t using this product. I have oily and sensitive skin, and have consistent issues with breakouts. To put things in to perspective though, this isn’t a miracle skincare product: my acne scars don’t just fade over-night, but they do fade faster. It’s hard for me to compare as each acne scar will heal at different rates, but it’s enough for me to notice.
As this product does contain Retinol in it, I am cautious to make sure that I wear sun protection on days I go outside. Fortunately for me, because I work from home, I don’t go outside most days, but this is something to consider if you’re considering using this product or adding any Retinol based product into your skincare routine: as Vitamin A increases skin sensitivity to sunlight, or the rays in it. But I will note, I do have sensitive skin and even on days I accidentally forget to wear sun protection outside, my skin doesn’t behave like it is irritated, although I wouldn’t normally risk it on purpose.
The Retinol in this product is what attracted my attention as I do want to preemptively prevent premature aging. This is a factor that’s hard to really measure… I’m only 22 years old, and therefore the aging process hasn’t really kicked in for me yet.
As for the product itself, it’s quite a thick consistency for what I’m treating as a “serum” in my skin care routine. To apply this, I squeeze one pump and rub the product between three fingers, then gently dab on to each area of my face, before massaging it in to my skin in circular motions. I find this method works nicely, and helps to sink the product in and reduce the slightly greasy texture it can leave on the skin. The greasiness of the product is a little off-putting but can be minimised if you take the “build it up” type of approach for applying the product. I find that one pump is more than enough to cover my face, and even then I could use less if I tried.
Overall, I think this is decent product, although the only change I would personally make is make the texture slightly lighter. Just so it’s not as over-bearing on oily or easily-congested skin types. However, for drier skin types this is even more ideal as it does provide some mildly hydrating effects too. I would definitely re-purchase this product if it were easier to get hold of, but for now, I want to try other Retinol products so I can share my experiences with them too.
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