Retinol has had a surge in interest this year, and it's not about to slow down. Touted as the best ingredient to keep the skin looking youthful, clear, plumped-up and glowing (you can read more about why on the blog), it should be a key ingredient any skincare routine.
Many people however have a love/hate relationship with retinol. Some serums and products can be quite harsh, especially if you have sensitivity, leaving behind red, raw lizard-like skin. For those of you who fall into this category, you are going to love Murad's new range of retinol-based products. Even if your skin can handle industrial-strength retinol, there can be no harm in adding a gentler version into your regime for days when your complexion needs some relaxing downtime.
What is the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum?
Aside from being the number 1 retinol product in the US since its launch (it's also the 2017 winner of the Best Serum award by Image Beauty), Murad Retinol Youth Renewal is a unique complex designed to treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritation. The original product of the Murad retinol collection, it remains one of our favourites.
It has tri-active technology, which means it's split into 3 phases, all of which work in synergy with the another to create a super powerful formula. A fast-acting retinoid encourages quick cellular turnover, tiny spheres of retinol then burst onto the skin and release their potency at a very low dosage, while a final soy-based retinol works its magic by helping all the other ingredients absorb into the skin.
In addition, the uniquely gentle yet potent formula contains hyaluronic acid to moisturise the skin and keep it well hydrated, while Himalayan swertia flower helps to keep it plumped-up and supple.
What's new in the retinol line up?
In addition to the Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, Murad has released 2 new products in the collection, both of which are more targeted treatments.
The Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream has been specially formulated to work as you sleep, which is when your skin is most active and receptive to powerful ingredients. It has the same great technology as the original serum, but it also contains red algae extract to provide a lifting effect.
The Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum has been specially created to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area. Like the serum and night cream, it has the tri-active formulation, with the addition of a unique marine-kelp complex which helps provide incredible hydration. This is great as because the skin around your eyes is one of the thinnest areas on your body, iy can become dehydrated very quickly.