You have probably heard that the Alchimie Forever family is expanding. Our newest product, the Advanced Retinol Serum with time release technology, is launching next month.
Last week, I wrote about why retinol is the gold standard ingredient for anti-aging. This week, I want to tell you a little bit more about our retinol – because not all retinol products are created equal!
Let me preface the below by saying that I have been testing prototypes of this formula on myself for about 16 months. We started with 1.5% retinol (in the blended form of pure retinol and retinol with time release technology). My face almost fell off… This final formulation is the perfect balance between efficacy and controlled side effects.
If you have never used a retinol, you will see some flaking. That is normal, that is how retinol works. Push through the first 2-3 weeks, and your skin will adapt, just as mine did.
What kind of retinol are we using?
Pure retinol and micro-sponge retinol (a unique and proprietary technology). Part of the retinol is loaded inside a sponge-like mechanism, something akin to a “reservoir”; over 24-28 hours after application, the natural sebum in our skin dissolves the “sponge,” thus releasing the locked retinol little by little. This timed and controlled release of the active enables its use at efficacious levels, with minimal irritation and fewer side effects that are typically associated with retinol.
Dryer skin types with less sebum will have a slower retinol release versus oilier skin types – which is desired as retinol irritation is typically greater the dryer the skin.
How much retinol are we using?
0.75% total concentration. You would be surprised by how few brands state the % of retinol contained in their product. We love transparency, and you will see this figure on our packaging and in our marketing materials.
What other ingredients are we using?
To enhance the anti-aging benefits of the product and minimize irritation and side effects, we are using a cocktail of antioxidants with nourishing, calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties.
|Hyaluronic acid (Sodium hyaluronate)||Hydration, skin plumping|
|Vitamin E||Hydration, antioxidant|
|Vitamin C (Ascorbyl glucoside)||Antioxidant, brightening effect, non-photo-sensitizing form of Vitamin C|
|European Blueberry||Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-redness|
|Green Tea||Soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory|
|Red Clover (Isoflavones)||Antioxidant, calming & soothing, stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production|
|Edelweiss||Antioxidant, natural sun protection filaments|
|Apple stem cell extract||Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory|
Who is this product for?
Women in the mid 30s+ who wish to control and manage the signs of skin aging. This is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, and all skin tones. Please keep in mind that the more sensitive you are, the less frequently you will want to use this product (start once a week – and maybe stay at one a week).
Who is this product not for?
Nursing and pregnant women. Anyone who is absolutely averse to any side effects (such as flaking) whatsoever, no matter how well a product works.
How do we recommend you use it?
Apply a pea-sized amount in the evening to clean, dry skin, on face and neck, avoiding the eye area, two to three times per week. Follow with a moisturizer if desired. For those with sensitive skin, start off using once per week to allow skin to acclimate, and gradually work up to recommended frequency of use. Protect your results by wearing sunscreen daily. Flaking and redness may be possible. Avoid facial waxing for 72 hours pre and post application
Which other Alchimie Forever products are best used in conjunction?
Because retinol is prone to increased photosensitivity. Protect your results by using our Protective Day Cream SPF 23 every morning.
Buffer the product (to minimize any side effects) by using our Kantic+ Intensely Nourishing Cream every evening.
To optimize the anti-pigmentation results, use our Advanced Retinol Serum with the Pigment Lightening Serum. Not layered, but rather at different times – use the Pigment Lightening Serum every morning, and on the evenings you are not using the Advanced Retinol Serum.
What other questions do you have about this product? Let me know – or start counting. It’s T minus 17 days!