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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. Chantelle

    Would recommend this product to anyone. It has smoothed out my skin and it’s alot softer. And that’s only after 5 weeks of using it. So happy I found this brand.

  2. Karina

    So, I am a previous Retin A user & I was looking for a Retinol that can be used with ease alongside other actives. This one works great! I don’t experiense any irritation or sensitization & I am also able to use this every night. I get an occasional flutter of an itch & a dry spot here & there, but no peeling or redness at all. I will cation you to be very careful when applying this product as it is super runny and you don’t want it to end up in places it’s not meant to go. I am not a big fan of the scent, but it does go away after application. I am yet to see what this formula will do in the long run, but I love that it plays well with other products, it is very affordable & it is produced locally for easy access. All the other ingredients in this product are really great with amazing added benefits. I would like to be able to bump up to a 1% strength, because my skin is so used to Tretinoin, so I hope that this can be added by the brand.

  3. Cherice (verified owner)

    i had such a bad breakout on my cheeks and forehead and lots of texture on my forehead.
    i have only been using the retinol for about a month and not consistently because i was worried i would react and honestly this product is really gentle. All my pimples are gone my texture is slowly going away. I highly recommend their BHA toner and the Skin barrier oil as i used these in conjunction with the retinol. Finally found a routine my skin is accepting.

  4. Zonia Scheffer (verified owner)

    I have been using this product twice a week with some of the other Skin Functional products. My skin texture has never been so perfect. Even the texture on my neck changed. You have a buyer for life! Thank you.

  5. chelsharvey13 (verified owner)

    I started using this product around 2 months ago and what a find! I didn’t find it particularly irritating or sensitizing save for the first couple of applications. I love how my skin feels after continued use, it feels a lot softer and I have noticed my pigmentation is less noticeable. I would like if you guys would formulate a stronger concentration of retinol as a next ‘level up’ of the treatment!

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