06 April 2014

Review: Kate Somerville RetAsphere

I've been using the Kate Somerville RetAsphere for quite a few months now. I thought long and hard before purchasing this in the states, as it's really expensive at USD$85 for 30ml.

I initially wanted a prescription for retinol, which is Vitamin A, a fantastic ingredient for anti-ageing. Retinol helps increase cell turnover, and can thus help with evening out skin tone and texture. Unfortunately, my doctor refused to give me a prescription for retinol, as she didn't think I needed it. Instead, she recommended vitamin E oil to help get rid of my old acne scars and the occasional zit. Vitamin E oil was a waste of money, and I need to get a new doctor.

After much umming-and ah-ing, I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase Kate Somerville RetAsphere, as it's one of the strongest non-prescription retinol products on the market.

To give you a better idea of the way RetAsphere works, I've typed up the description from the box -
"This rich 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream is designed to gently infuse the skin with pure Retinol to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and even out texture and skin tone. The RetAsphere Smart Release Carrier System gently delivers pure Retinol in a lipid shell that melts evenly into the epidermis,while Seaweed Extract helps prevent over-drying by locking in hydration. The result is supple, smooth skin that looks younger and brighter:
In just 2 weeks: 70% of women experienced a statistically significant smoothing of wrinkles.
In just 4 weeks: 96% of women showed a significant increase in elasticity and firmness."

From the reviews I've read, some say that RetAsphere made their skin red and flakey initially before results were seen. I was a tat worried/nervous, so I only used it once every other day. Thankfully, I had no side effects and decided to use it every night.

I use it after I've cleansed and toned my face before bed. I love that it comes with a pump, as it dispenses sufficient product for my whole face with just one pump.

One pump of RetAsphere
The results of this product is truly remarkable. Although it was a gradual improvement, my skin feels so much softer and smoother since using RetAsphere. My pores have shrunk, and I don't seem to have many pimples, even though it's been about 6 weeks since I've come off the pill. I've also found that my scars have faded. I feel more comfortable in my skin and now have the confidence to leave the house without makeup.

Therefore, despite the hefty price tag, I think RetAsphere is worth every cent. It's a miracle/HG product for me, and I would repurchase in a heartbeat. I just wish it was closer to the USD$85 mark here in Australia, but like with everything, the price of RetAsphere is over inflated at AUD$110. I'd love to try a prescription Retinol product to see how it compares. I think I'm going to try get one from a different doctor.

Have you any experience with Retinol? What are your thoughts?


  1. This sounds interesting and certainly a good alternative. I've also been waiting to try Retinol, but couldn't while I was pregnant, and still not sure that the strong contents of Vit A is suitable while breastfeeding, but definitely something I'd look into in the future as I have some scarring that I'd love to get rid off. I believe that a Retinol script from the doctor is quite cheap, so definitely may be worthwhile too!

    1. I've heard that Vitamin A is not suitable for pregnant women, so good call on not using it!

      I just have to find a doctor that will prescribe me the bloody thing! I wonder why my normal doctor won't prescribe it - i.e. if there's any side effects (besides peeling skin)

  2. It looks like a great product! Very excited to get one of my own. Thanks for sharing))


  3. I'm dying to try this after this post!!