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FAVORITE PRODUCT OF 2015: SkinCeuticals Retinol

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By local mom and medical aesthetician at Dream Spa Medical Brookline: Slone Mathieu

I have been using this product since it came out many, many, MANY years ago. At the time I was working with a Dermatologist who swore by the benefits of Retin-A. He repeatedly told patients that it was the "best anti-aging product" and at the age of 25 ("gasp") I felt a need to start considering this concept.

Retin-A works by thinning the outermost layer of skin, which is called the stratum corneum. This layer consists of dead cells, and the gentle exfoliation caused by the product should reveal the healthier skin underneath. Simultaneously, the newly exposed cells of the epidermis are thickened by the product. This cellular renewal affects the collagen and elastin, which gives the skin structure. These proteins decrease with age, and without this support system gravity will begin to take its toll. ("gasp").

I tried every variation and derivation of Vitamin A - lotions, creams, suspensions, gels, combination, dilutions - and the results were always the same. Dehydrated, irritated, over-stimulated, peeling skin OR no visible effect whatsoever.

Then SkinCeuticals released the Retinol 0.5. I added it to my nightly routine simply because we sold it, but I swore it was my last ditch effort with Retin-A. My expectations were low. Testing the product was a part of my job....and I do love my job, because the results were phenomenal!

This is a pure, yet cosmetically elegant product. It felt hydrating, but somehow managed to reduce my oil production. I stopped pouring over my pressed powder for touch-ups. I also stopped worrying about my acne outbreaks. My regular stress reactions and hormonal flare-ups became less frequent, and eventually ceased all together. I was so pleased with the product’s acne control, that I haven't really considered the "anti-aging" aspect since then. Partly because SkinCeuticals has become such a regular part of my regime, and partly because I still think of myself as being in my twenties.

Of course, I am not. If I happen to forget my years, I can certainly feel them! However, I was recently reminded of the product’s purpose when a teenage client of mine, gave me the once-over and guessed that I was, "like, maybe 25 years old, or whatever". ("gasp"). In other words, I haven't aged a day since I started "anti-aging"?!? This may have been a very loose assessment, but I'll take the compliment, and offer up my thanks to SkinCeuticals.

Now serving Retinol 1.0...because I'm nowhere near 25! ("sigh").

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