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0.5% Retinol

Vitamin A


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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.
  • Allergy and Toxicologically tested.
  • 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


Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acids, Polyhydroxy Acids

  • Avoid layering with direct acids to avoid over stimulation of the skin and impairing the barrier.

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.
  • Not suitable for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.


  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.
CPNP Certified The Cosmetics Notification Portal (CPNP) is an online notification system created for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. The certification of our products includes: Microbiological, Physico-Chemical, Dermatological tests, CPSR – Cosmetic Product Safety Report. Packaging migration studies in the product, Stability studies, PIF documents.

Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews

I love everything about it, get your glow ✨️ my hormonal break outs are now chilled even if I got once or twice didn't last 2days. Thank you for this amazing product

Yusra Ismail

This serum is great for my break-out prone skin - It is lightweight and not too greasy. My skin always looks smoother the next day. There has been a drastic improvement in my skin's texture since I started using this product about a year ago.


i am totally in love with this product,i have been using it for the past 3 years.keeps my skin fresh and gives it a smooth look


My skin seems to be much smoother, firmer and brighter. It seems I have found the right product after years of searching... Thank you! 🙂


I have never used a Retinol serum before, so I am following the instructions received with this product very closely. I have only used the serum 3x now, but I have noticed that my skin is responding well! My breakout is clearing faster than it normally would, and past scars are appearing lighter. I'm excited to see what improvements lie ahead!

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