Retinol: the most powerful ingredient in anti-aging care. What you need to know about it

I can't say that I'm very complex about wrinkles and aging (maybe because I'm just starting to show the first age changes), but I will never give up the opportunity to prolong youth. It's nice if it's also painless.

So when the Kiehl's brand came to me and offered to try their revolutionary new retinol treatment, I didn't even think twice. Sure, let's test it out. Especially since they also gave my readers free samples of these products to try (you will only have to pay for shipping) - the link will be at the end of the article.

What is retinol anyway?

Retinol is essentially vitamin A. And in its pure form it is very effective in care (I would say that it is the most magic component in cosmetics): it reduces wrinkles, fights even the visible signs of aging), evens out skin tone, and also treats acne. This is especially important to me as the owner of skin prone to inflammation, who previously had to choose - either fight wrinkles or acne.

The only problem is that retinol can be both beneficial and dangerous for the skin. It can cause allergic reactions, dehydrate skin to the point of flaking, and for thin and sensitive skin, it's a nightmare, leaving red spots on your face.

It's both desirable and prickly, don't you think? On the one hand the struggle for youth and beauty is real, on the other the risk of allergies. So what should we do, should we bet everything on red or black?

Kiehl's new serum addresses precisely this issue. It contains a precise microdose of retinol, which in combination with other ingredients is suitable even for the sensitive. It can be used morning and night, on the face, neck and cleavage, and for those who want to protect themselves from premature aging as well as those who already collect facial wrinkles.

There are only two nuances to its use: do not apply to damaged skin. And use sunscreen during the day (even in winter).

I with my capricious skin, I confess honestly, started testing the serum with caution and only at night. When I realized that it really does not cause allergic reactions, I increased the number of applications to two per day, as the manufacturer advises.

Any serum has to be covered with cream, otherwise it will not work to its full potential. For this purpose, Kils suggested trying a multicorrective cream with chaga, proxylan and all the same vitamin A, only phytomimetic. This is no longer retinol, but rather a plant-based alternative. At the same time, they have the same properties: to fight wrinkles and smooth the skin.

 We also picked up a separate product for the skin around the eyes. I have a pronounced problem in this area due to the endless lack of sleep and excessively thin skin. Kiehl's multicorrective serum for the eye area promises to reduce dark circles (but let's be clear: if they are not caused by health problems!), smooth out wrinkles and dehydration lines, and even show a lifting effect on the eyelid.

But I can't say with 100% certainty that this is the case yet-not enough time has passed since I tested the eye serum to see the full result. I have already noticed the beneficial combination of the face serum and cream on my skin - it really looks smoother, well moisturized and fresher. And the eye area now I like when I keep a poker face, but as soon as I smile...


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