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.
|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?