What is a retinol cream or serum? A retinol cream or serum is a topical form of Vitamin A, also known as retinoids. There are many derivatives of Vitamin A, which can reduce fine lines, and wrinkles, and help even out certain skin pigmentations. Retinoids are usually prescribed by a dermatologist, retinols can be used in over the counter formulas.


A unique blend of LG-Retinex Retinol Complex, an encapsulated retinol and retinaldehyde, makes this age-defying serum youth in a bottle.

If you can, you should use some type of retinol/Vitamin A resurfacing serum.  How you use it may be different from person to person. I recommend starting with a gentle retinol product and using it every other evening possibly working your way up to every evening.

The benefits from a retinol / Vitamin A resurfacing serum can increase cell turnover, which will stimulate fibroblast production, collagen/elastin, improve skin tone, brighten age spots, and reduce the appearance of fine lines the key to this is using it in a way that best suits your lifestyle and skin type.

I recommend starting out slow, maybe start with an over the counter retinol and then moving up to a prescription grade one. Now some of you may never move up to a prescription grade retinoid, it just can be too irritating to your skin. Don’t worry you are still reaping the benefits.

Retinols/Retinoids can cause redness, irritation, dry skin, flaking and cause UV sensitivity, in fact, count on it. Usually these side effects last just a few weeks so during this time just baby your skin while it adjusts to the product. Only use your retinol product before bed, and always wear sunscreen when outdoors, perhaps a wide brimmed hat would be prudent as well. If you will be in the sun a lot during the summer months, just stop using it, and start again in the fall.

Now this is my third post, and if you are using the C, E, Ferulic and the Defanage 8-in-1 BioSerum, you may be wondering when to use your retinol? I like to use my C, E, Ferulic in the am, then at night I will use just a pea size amount of retinol first after cleansing my face then the BioSerum. Always use the retinol first then your other products. If you need a moisturizer use in this order: retinol, moisturizer, then BioSerum.

Dramatically renews the skin with 12% AGP Retinol Complex to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and unveils healthy-looking skin.

My personal recommendations for a retinol source are Serum 24 and Refine RX both by Cosmedix Elite line. I like these because the ingredients come from botanical sources.  Serum 24 is for your very sensitive and dry skin types. There are two types of Vitamin A in Serum 24, encapsulated retinol and retinaldehyde, both are gentle forms of retinol.  For those of you with oily skin and need to see something happening, like peeling and flaking, I suggest Refine RX. Refine RX is equal to a 1.5% retinoid and still all plant derived. You can mix these two products as well or alternate them.  Cosmedix has a proprietary blend that allows for product combining.