Skin Medica Retinol Complex .25 review

retinol complex for ageing skin

Retinol is an ingredient in many skincare products but not all of these products are created equal. Skin Medica Retinol Complex .25 is one of the better ones. It contains an effective amount of retinol and the product is packaged so as to maintain stability of the retinol and other ingredients that are sensitive to light and air. It is fragrance-free and does not contain potential irritants like fragrant plant oils or drying alcohol.


Along with retinol, this product contains other antioxidants, repairing agents and cell-communicating ingredients.

What does it do?

It diminishes the appearance of fine lines and coarse wrinkles and enhances skin tone and texture.

Scent and Texture

This product is fragrance-free and its texture makes it pleasant to use.

Who is it for?

It is suitable for all skin types but is probably best for normal to dry or combination skin that’s not too oily.  People with very sensitive skin may experience redness, peeling and irritation.


The product is applied in the evening after cleansing and toning and before applying moisturiser. If you have not used a retinol product before, it is best to begin twice a week, 2-3 days apart, increasing frequency slowly until applying daily. Its strength is higher than most over-the-counter retinol products. Always check how your skin is responding and adjust frequency of application accordingly. The manufacturers recommend using a sunscreen and limiting sun exposure while using this product.

Does it really work?

Out of 78 customer reviews on, 71% gave the product a five star rating. It also earned a five star rating from Beautypedia who called it a well-formulated product. On reading reviews, it becomes apparent that users definitely see an improvement in overall appearance of the skin. They say that skin looks softer, brighter and more rested. One customer said “my skin looks smoother, pores look smaller and I have no lines on my face.” This strength of retinol seems to be well tolerated by most skin types. Some users experience some irritation at first with use of a single pump of the product but this usually subsides with subsequent use.  One woman said “I buy a lot of expensive moisturizers and serums without seeing any change in my skin. But with this product, after only about a month, I’ve noticed that my skin looks brighter and tighter! I’m on my second bottle and for sure will buy again and again in the future!”


This product is reasonably priced and on comparing prices I found that it was available on Amazon at the lowest price.




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