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My retinoid journey ๐Ÿงด๐Ÿšฒ

I started using retinoids when I turned 25, mainly for well-aging purposes. Here's a list of all the retinoids I have tried thus far in my 3 years retinoid journey. Just to recap, (in case anyone is confused with all the different terms) retinoid is the umbrella term for the many derivatives of Vitamin A. Retinyl esters, retinol, retinaldehyde (retinAl), adapalene and retinoic acid are all different types of retinoids. Don't confuse them, alright? ๐Ÿ˜‰ โ˜‚๏ธ Retinoid / | | \ Retinyl esters Retinol Retinal Retinoic acid

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Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

My first retinol! Since I was just starting retinol at the time, I decided to go for a low strength 0.2% retinol first to slowly introduce it to my skin and to avoid possible irritations. I didn't experience any irritation with this and since it contains squalane, it wasn't drying on the skin. However, because of that it can also feel a bit greasy on my oily skin. It also has a short PAO (Period After Opening) so you need to use it up within 3 months.

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane product review
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane product review
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qilss


Oily/Resilient

Definitely beginner friendly retinol! This is my first retinol product and I started my retinol journey on my 25th birthday ๐Ÿคฃ It did not cause me irritation at all! Even so, I still started introducing it slowly in my routine and shortly after I am able to wear it daily with no issues. My skin typically feels plump and soft the following day. As for acne and anti-aging, I did not notice much effects possibly because it requires more time and this product however has such a short shelf life.

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

The Ordinary
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

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Retinol 2.5% Serum + Vitamin E

After that I went for the Retinol 2.5% from Cos de Baha ๐Ÿ˜‚ It does seem like a huge jump from the previous 0.2%, but it actually feels gentle on my skin and didn't cause any irritation. I like this more than The Ordinary as it has a better texture (not as greasy) and has a normal PAO of 12 months.

Retinol 2.5% Serum + Vitamin E product review
Retinol 2.5% Serum + Vitamin E product review
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vinci


Oily/Resilient

A high-strength Korean retinol serum that requires no prescription to use. ๐Ÿงด Key Ingredients. Pure Retinol 2.5%, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, B3 (Niacinamide). The brand claims it promotes โ€˜intensive wrinkle careโ€™. (Putting this here from the comments, from someone who works in the cosmetic industry: โ€œIt is 1 form of retinoid and not pure retinol at 2.5% because the designed maximum traction allowed is 1%. Unfortunately, many brands mislead customers with misleading claims. They often use the term retinol with 1 high percentage when there is 1 percentage retinal or encapsulated retinol which is not pure retinol.โ€) ๐Ÿ’งForm & Fragrance. A 30 mL light amber liquid in an opaque bottle dispensed using a dropper. Consistency is runny. Free from paraben, gluten, formaldehyde, sulfate, artificial color, and fragrance. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฝ Experience. Spreading this gives the feeling of putting on a thin layer of oil on skin as it glides smoothly. The brand claims it is free from oils. Just the same, I personally think that is a positive point. It is fragrance-free, but I could tell this has a light scent like maybe aloe. Patch test is important since it has a high amount of retinol at 2.5%. I started slowly on it (every 3 days, then every 2 days, until it became nightly) and have been using it for six months now and counting, and in all that time it did not irritate my skin. But to err on the side of caution I would advise against having this by first-time retinoid users. Milder percentage ranging from 0.1-0.3% are already potent and effective as backed by studies and board-certified derms. I chose to give this a try because it is a Korean product and the price is absolutely afforable. The days of glow it gave me the first few weeks as I awoke from night sleep was desirable. On the third month I thought the effect plateaued or maybe I got used to it that it felt like it. Retinoid is a photosensitive substance so while using it exposure to sunlight or UV rays can cause skin irritation. Be sure to wear sunscreen daily. ๐Ÿ’ฒ Price. โ‚ฑ457 ($8.24~) for 30 mL bottle from Cos de Baha official store in Lazada PH. An afforable Korean product option compared to known US brands offering the same active thatโ€™s about up to seven times this price.

Retinol 2.5% Serum + Vitamin E

Cos de Baha
Retinol 2.5% Serum + Vitamin E

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The Retinol 0.5 Serum

My third retinol. This Cosrx Retinol 0.5 is actually a retinol oil, so it has a greasy, dry oil texture. It was okay, my skin always looks and feels plump the next day, but somehow I always get new pimples whenever I used it. This retinol also has a short PAO of 3 months and needs to be refrigerated. I think this would suit dry skin types best

The Retinol 0.5 Serum product review
The Retinol 0.5 Serum product review
The Retinol 0.5 Serum product review
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Oily/Resilient

Cosrx The Retinol 0.5 oil โœจ๏ธWhat it is Featuring a high concentration of 0.5% pure retinol, this powerful oil targets skin aging signs such as sagginess, fine lines, and wrinkles. โœจ๏ธStar ingredients 0.5% Pure retinol 91%Squalene Super vitamin E (Tocotrienol) โœจ๏ธMy Experience The box itself is pretty elegant and discreet. This retinol oil is in a large bottle and doesn't really have much of a fragrance. While there is a faint oil or medicinal smell, it is acceptable. This has both positive and negative aspects. Retinol (Vitamin A) and the "super Vit E" designation are antioxidants. Antioxidants, by definition, are unstable. This means they must be packaged in a way that protects them from light and air, or they will lose potency and become useless. The dark bottle is nice, and it says to keep it in the fridge after opening, so that's a plus. However, because it is in a dropper bottle, the contents are constantly exposed to light and air when the dropper is removed. This has a very good formula, so it's not a deal breaker at this price point. Simply transfer it to an airtight pump bottle to preserve its potency and efficacy. Capric/caprylic triglyceride, derived from coconut oil, is also included in the formula. For some people, this ingredient may be comedogenic. If you're taking a retinoid for acne, avoid this product or use it with caution and keep an eye out for breakouts. If you are not prone to acne and are using this for antiaging purposes, you should be fine. Always perform a patch test and proceed slowly. Don't forget to always wear an SPF of at least 30. All in all, I like how simple it is to apply this oil. It is not irritating, and it aids in the prevention of retinoid dryness. Anyway, I was concerned that it would be too greasy, but to my surprise, the oil absorbed into my skin and wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated. There was still oil present, but it was not greasy. I wore it overnight and woke up with soft, hydrated skin that was free of oil and greasiness.

The Retinol 0.5 Serum

COSRX
The Retinol 0.5 Serum

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Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream

A decent retinol eye cream for the under eyes. Light, gel-cream texture with a mild floral scent. Didn't cause milia which is great and didn't irritate my eyes either ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream product review
Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream product review
Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream product review
Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream product review
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Some by Mi Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream โœจ๏ธWhat it is? Dark circles and fine wrinkles can be improved with the Some by mi retinol intense advanced triple action eye cream, an anti-aging product that shows benefits in just two weeks. Can also be used to other regions where sagging or loose skin may be an issue, such as the neck, lips, or forehead. Suitable for all skin types. โœจ๏ธStar ingredients ๐˜š๐˜’๐˜๐˜•๐˜›๐˜ ๐˜—๐˜Œ: Combi & Acne-prone Skin โœจ๏ธ๐˜Š๐˜“๐˜ˆ๐˜๐˜”๐˜š: + Reduces wrinkles + Eyelid brightening + Firming treatment โœจ๏ธStar Ingredients: Ferulic acid and Tocopheryl Acetate are both high in antioxidants for the skin. It can keep your eye areas looking fresh. Tranexamic acid and Niacinamide: These ingredients help to treat skin discoloration and brighten the skin around the eyes. Panthenol, Hyaluronic Acid, and Trehalose: These ingredients provide great hydration to the skin around the eyes. Retinol 0.1%: Vitamin A derivatives that have been shown to cure wrinkles and fine lines. โœจ๏ธHow to use Take a sufficient amount and gently pat it onto your eye region or any other locations where wrinkles are a concern as the final step of your evening regimen. Keep in mind to apply sunscreen the following morning. Can be used everyday. ๐Ÿ’œMy Experience This retinol eye cream has a creamy texture and is easy to apply, it absorbs into my skin very quickly. I love using eye cream, so I really liked this one. Results come in sooner than anticipated. My under eye is tight and not puffy the morning after my first application. While using this, my eyes felt vibrant. It has a non-sticky, cooling sensation towards the end. I noticed that my undereye area was more hydrated and was not so dark anymore after using this product every other day. The applicator is also very nice. If you're seeking for a nice eye cream, I highly suggest this! You can see the results on the next pictures. It's difficult to find an eye cream with these elements that is also reasonably priced, which is fantastic for anti-aging.

Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream

Some By Mi
Retinol Intense Advanced Triple Action Eye Cream

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Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal

An upgrade! From retinOl to retinAl ๐Ÿ†™๏ธ Retinal is more effective and generally less irritating than retinol. This one by BOJ is also one of the most affordable retinal in the market. Although it's called an eye serum, it actually has a light, creamy texture and can also be used for the whole face as well. It's not irritating, doesn't feel greasy and is really lightweight. I like this one a lot!

Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal product review
Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal product review
Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal product review
Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal product review
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๐ŸŒธ review time ๐ŸŒธ @beautyofjoseon_official 's Revive Eye Serum: Ginseng + Retinal #boj_review ๐ŸŒฑ Natural clean beauty โœ… I'm so glad this is my first eye cream and first retinoids product ever tried and it didn't disappoint! Indeed I've seen driven results in smoothing the newly formed eye wrinkles and hydrates the sensitive skin around the eyes so well. So here's my honest review ๐Ÿ‘€: Key ingredients: - Ginseng Root Extract 10% - Retinal Liposome 2% (a more stabilised form of Vit A and causes less irritation) It is written as an eye-serum, but the texture is very creamy, spreadable and very hydrating ๐Ÿ’ฆ It has a typical yellow colour of retinoids and unscented. As a first time retinal user so I just use it every other day to minimise the irritation. However the result was quite surprising! I have servere postpartum sleep deprivation and this rescued my panda-look eyes. The wrinkles are soothed and faded noticably and the dark circles did improve a bit after 2 weeks (I will need more time for a final confirmation ๐Ÿ˜‰) Overall this is very worth buying and I was lucky I had a chance to get it newly released! The price is super affordable too and the packaging is lovely like always! #pickyreview #gopicky #eyecream #eyeserum #skincaredaily #skincareaddict #skincarelover #skincarereview #skincareblogger #skincareroutine #skincarecommunity #kbeauty #kbeautyreview #holygrail #beautybloggers #beautyblog #glowingskin #glowyskin #glowyskingoals #cleanbeauty #veganskincare #instaskincare #asianskincare #sensitiveskin #dryskin #skincaretips

Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal

BEAUTY OF JOSEON
Revive Eye Serum Ginseng + Retinal

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Adapalene 0.1% Gel

Out of all the retinoids I've tried, adapalene is my absolute favourite and the most effective out of all! Cleared my skin of hormonal cystic acne and helped with reducing hyperpigmentation ๐Ÿ’— I'm currently on my second tube already and will continue to repurchase! Adapalene is a topical retinoid that is approved for the treatment of acne. So if your concern is more on treating acne, then adapalene is the one for you!

Adapalene 0.1% Gel product review
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Oily/Resilient

This 0.1% adapalene gel is by far the only topical product that managed to reduce and pretty much cleared up my hormonal acne ๐ŸคŒ I hardly get any of those blind, under-the-skin, cystic acne around my jaw area anymore (which I used to get every month), and when I do get them, its only like 1 or 2 pimples and they heal a lot faster than before. Truly a saviour and my holy grail ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ† I'm on my second tube already. I started in January 2023, using it every other night. On the second month onwards, I increased it to every night, which I continued until this day. I saw results on the third month onwards (tbh I started seeing some minor improvements even before that). Did I purge? Fortunately, I didn't. Maybe it's because I started slow and really took great care to moisturize, apply sunscreen and temporarily stopped all exfoliants for the first few months. But my skin did become more sensitive than usual (it's usually very resilient), a few products that I've been using stung, when it never did before. Other than that, my adapalene journey is pretty much smooth-sailing! ๐Ÿ’— Definitely the best decision I made in 2023 ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’ฏ I will continue to repurchase...until I decide to upgrade to tretinoin of course ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ‘€

Adapalene 0.1% Gel

Borg Pharmaceutical
Adapalene 0.1% Gel

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Lovelyโœจ
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Wow, this is really helpful! Since I never use any retinol, cause to afraid with the side effect. But, with this I really can start my Retinol journey, thank you so much ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿฅน
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Thanks for reading everyone! And I'm so glad you all find my list/reviews helpful ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’—
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Great list๐Ÿ’š
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