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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.

15 reviews for 0.5% Retinol

  1. Karina

    I like that the ingredient list is not too long. I would have liked to see retinol under the first 5 ingredients though. I also like that the retinol is incapsulated as well as in darker packaging. Love that Vit B5 is included to limit irritation. Overall, I am really happy with the formulation and I cannot wait to see what this serum does for my skin. I will definitely post an update after completing my first bottle…

  2. Ceu

    I am very happy with the product for the following reasons.
    My skin feels softer and it looks more radiant.
    The lines, especially on the side of my mouth is softer 🙂
    My neck also looks better/softer.

    I only use 2 drops and it is more than enough. This will definitely last longer than any other serum that I have used before.

  3. Eryn

    I’ve been using this product for 2 months, as a teenager it’s never too early to use a product that helps treats signs of sun damage, uneven skin texture and your general imperfections, its amazing and really works, my acne breakouts have reduced a lot and my skin is looking absolutely amazing. I’m really happy my mom got this for me.

  4. Nan – Plettenberg Bay

    A couple of weeks ago I was given a gift by my daughter which I have been using for the last couple of weeks….. Skin functional 0.5% Retinol and 10% Ascorbic Acid + 3% Ferulic Acid and I am definitely inlove. I have always prided myself in trying to look after my skin my entire life and after 64 years I have pretty much used some of the best creams that I could and after using these two products they have definitely made my skin feel amazing. My skin feels hydrated and there is definitely a glow which I haven’t had before. I can’t wait to try the rest of the range. Over and above all this the prices are just amazing. Thank you SKIN FUNCTIONAL.

  5. Leigh-Anne

    I’ve been using Retinol for 12 weeks. I started off gradually and slowly increased to a nightly application. It’s like botox in a bottle. 🙂 It has significantly reduced my laugh lines around my eyes and other fine lines on my face. In general my skin feels much firmer than before and I’ve noticed a remarkable difference in my complexion and pigmentation – it’s much lighter and smoother than before. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who would like to improve their overall skin appearance.

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