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The Best Retinol Serums for Sensitive Skin

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If you have sensitive skin, you probably know how important it is to take great care when it comes to choosing the right skincare products. Even the most seemingly harmless ingredients, can subject your skin to adverse reactions. However, this doesn’t mean that those with sensitive skin can’t use highly effective products that target specific concerns without causing irritation like the rest of us. In fact, there are plenty of products on the market that are specifically formulated to treat problem skin, all whilst being gentle on the skin and preventing any nasty irritation. 

Whilst retinol is widely considered one of the most effective skincare treatments available, it also has a bit of a bad rep when it comes to inducing skin irritation if not used properly. Therefore, retinol for sensitive skin can be quite a rare gem to find. But with two of the skincare industry’s most trusted brands on the case; SkinCeuticals and MZ Skin, both have developed clinically formulated retinol products that have been specifically created for sensitive skin. Both products are powerful yet gentle enough to treat common skin issues when it comes to sensitive skin types. 


MZ Skin Retinol Skin Booster

The MZ Skin Retinol Skin Booster contains 2% encapsulated vitamin A that helps repair your skin’s surface. This lightweight resurfacing treatment serum is lightweight and has a promising formula that aims to give you new, brighter, and younger-looking skin with regular use. It also helps combat the signs of ageing while protecting your skin against free radicals. 

This MZ Skin retinol for sensitive skin is highly regarded because of its formulation that offers enhanced penetration in a gentle, slow-release that helps in reducing skin irritation. It also comes in a brown bottle that helps prevent light interference to ensure that the serum is always potent and effective.

It is recommended that you begin using this by adding it to your routine twice a week, then increasing the frequency once the skin is accustomed to the formula.




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SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3% Refining Night Cream

Another effective retinol for sensitive skin is the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3% Night Cream. It comes in a 30ml tube that is highly recommended for first-time retinol users. It uses an encapsulated form of retinol that is full of botanical extracts and its clinically proven formula helps stimulate cell regeneration overnight to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

This SkinCeuticals retinol is also an anti-ageing treatment that minimises your pores and evens your skin tone by correcting blemishes and blotchiness.



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Retinols for Sensitive Skin

Encapsulated retinol formulas are known to be gentler compared to other forms of retinol. This is due to the slower time taken for the active ingredient to be released into the skin. While these two brands cater effectively to sensitive skin, it is still recommended that you follow the recommended frequency usage of each and consult a skincare professional for specific skin issues concerning sensitive and irritable skin.

Latest update: 24/07/2020
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