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0.5% Retinol

Vitamin A



Product Information

A skin perfecting Retinol serum that improves skin’s surface as it treats signs of sun damage, rough texture, wrinkles, and surface imperfections.
Retinol is an inherently unstable ingredient and is typically dissolved in oil to maintain it’s stability. 0.5% Retinol is a well tolerated, stable formulation which can be used by a wider range of skin types. A powerful therapy without the inherent oiliness of conventional Retinol therapies.

The Mix Of Ingredients

Aqua, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Panthenol, Retinol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Polysaccharide, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, 1,2-Octanediol, Tropolone, Disodium EDTA.

SKIN functional strives to continuously bring you the best product and therefore there may be formulation updates which may result in the ingredient list on the website and carton differing.

Key ingredient

  • Retinol
    Vitamin A derivative, is effective for ageing, acne and dark spot concerns. Retinol inhibits collagen breakdown that causes elastosis, unclogs blocked pores, reducing acne breakouts. Promotes cell turnover, encouraging new cell growth for a more even complexion.

Good To Know

  • pH 5,5 – 6,0.
  • Water based serum.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Silicone free.
  • Alcohol free.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Lovingly created in South Africa.

Best Way To Use

  • Limit initial use to three times per week, applying two to three drops, only in the evening after cleansing. Gradually increase the frequency of application to every night.
  • If using a water-based serum, this would be applied before the 0.5% Retinol.

Suitable Skin Types

  • Combination
  • Oily

Say Goodbye To

  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines / wrinkles
  • Dullness / poor complexion
  • Loss of firmness / elasticity

For Your Safety

  • Patch test before use.
  • Keep away from children.
  • Store at room temperature.
  • Do not use on broken skin.
  • Use sunscreen every morning.
  • If irritation occurs, stop use. If problem persists, see a doctor.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Not suitable for someone with a mushroom allergy.

Sunburn alert: This product contains an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.


  1. Kong R, Cui Y, Fisher GJ, Wang X, Cehn Y, Schneider LM, Maimudar G. A comparative study of the effects of retinol and retinoic acid on histological, molecular and clinical properties of human skin. J Cosmet Dermatol 2016; 49-57.
  2. Zaenglein AL. Topical retinoids in the treatment of acne vulgaris. Dept of Dermatol Paed 2008; 27(3):177-82.
  3. Chien A. Retinoids in Acne Management: Review of Current Understanding, Future Considerations, and Focus on Topical Treatments. J Drugs Dermatol 2018; 17(12):51-55.
  4. Fisher GJ, Voorhees JJ. Molecular mechanisms of photaging and its prevention by retinoic acid: ultraviolet irrigation induces MAP kinase signal transduction cascades that induce AP-1 regulated matrix metallproteinases that degrade human skin in vivo. J Investig Dermatol Symp Proc 1998; 3(1):61-68.
  5. Rona C, Vailati F, Berardesca E. The cosmetic treatment of wrinkles. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2004; 3(1):26-34.

14 reviews for 0.5% Retinol

  1. Nicki (verified owner)

    I don’t know what life would be like without this serum. It has helped my skin so much. From blackheads to uneven skin tone, this girl is the girl she thinks she is!

  2. Setsana Matlhaku (verified owner)

    🙌🏾This magic in a bottle deserves more than 5 stars. This product changed my life. Literally. I use it everyday because I’m not new to retinol. I wake up every morning with a skin so plumped, dewy and soft. Thank you guys for making products that works wonders. I will never stop talking about how excellent your service delivery is. I always get my products less than 24 hours after purchase. Everything is packaged so beautifully with love. Thanx a million.

  3. courtney.gehle (verified owner)

    Retinol really does all they say it will! My skin is brighter, I have had way less acne breakouts and I can definitely see a difference in the texture of my acne scaring too. I know you are supposed to give Retinol 3 months to see results, but I noticed a visible change after just weeks. My friend and family friends also commented on how good my skin has been looking.

    The service from SF was also the best I have had with online shopping. They made a personal skin care routine for me based on the products I bought (super helpful as I am new to using active ingredients) and the packaging was excellent. I wouldn’t buy from anyone else with service like this.

  4. SkinFunctional

    Dear Karina, Thank you for your valued feedback! Watch this space for new developments on their way. 🙂

  5. Gillian (verified owner)

    What a wonderful serum! I bought this as part of the pigmentation/dark mark management skincare program, and I have been so pleased with the results. I am 27 so wouldn’t say wrinkles were my primary concern, but prevention is better than cure and I can definitely tell that my skin is smoother and more supple. I introduced the product gradually as instructed, but had no problems with skin irritation or burning or anything that they warn you against. The serum is quite runny so I do need to be careful that it doesn’t run off my hands, but it feels amazing on my skin!

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