I’ve been meaning to add a retinol to my skincare routine for awhile, especially after reading Stash Matters’ post on grading her friends’ skincare routines, as well as her own (you can read about it here). I started looking for one before going on vacation last month, but held off on starting anything new until I got back. I looked at a few different options, but finally decided to try the Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum. It has great reviews and it sounded like it wouldn’t be irritating on my skin. My skin was still acting crazy since coming back from vacation and many reviewers noted that it helped with their breakouts and fading acne scarring. And over the past year I’ve really started to notice the fine lines developing around my mouth, between my eyebrows, and under my eyes. If you want to read more about what retinol is and its benefits, I’ll refer you here to the Paula’s Choice website, a great resource for all your skincare questions.
Here’s what the brand says:
This technologically advanced combination of encapsulated retinol, and vitamins C and E, encourages the skin’s renewal process with prime efficacy. It helps improve skintone and texture, assists in collagen production, and reduces lines and wrinkles to create a vibrantly youthful and healthy complexion. A dose of moisture minimizes redness and irritation, and mitigates the retinol’s drying effects.
The packaging here is not my favorite, anything that comes in a glass bottle just means I need to be extra careful to prevent any accidents. I’m guessing the dropper style dispenser was the best method they could come up with due to the consistency of the serum, but I’m still not very fond of it. You don’t need a ton of this stuff so I’m assuming a pump would probably dispense too much product.
I always open the bottle and make sure to dispense whatever serum is in the dropper before shaking it up. I usually use around 8-10 drops to cover my entire face and a 3 more on my neck and chest. The serum is quite thin, so I do have to be careful to make sure my fingers are tightly squeezed together before dropping them on. I actually tilt my head back while applying this to let any product that slipped through the cracks drip down towards my face. The consistency is very thin and the formulation seems to be somewhere between a serum and an oil. I rub the product between my fingers before pressing it into my skin. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily whatsoever. I put two drops into the palm of my hand to show how it looks, it’s almost water-like in its density. I rubbed it into the back of my hand to show how it doesn’t leave any oily residue on the skin and that it absorbs very easily. There is no scent to the serum in case you were wondering.
I’ve been using this for about a month now, but honestly, I was thisclose to writing a rave about it the next day! The first night I used it I was amazed when I woke up, my active breakouts were significantly smaller and my acne scars even looked better! I was pretty shocked at how fast it worked. I used it every night straight that week because of how good my skin would look every morning. And it hasn’t irritated my skin whatsoever despite its frequent use. I even use it under my eyes before putting on my eye cream and I’ve had no issues. At this point I typically use it 4-5 days a week, depending on how my skin is looking, the other days I use the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment (an AHA based product).
Fast-forward to a month later and my skin has never looked better. I haven’t been breaking out as much, and when I do they heal much more quickly. My acne scars are lighter, my skin tone and pores all look better, I barely notice any fine lines anymore, and generally my skin just looks healthier. I’ve been able to go makeup-less without a hint of self-consciousness (other than my wimpy looking eyebrows). My skin still isn’t perfect, but I haven’t felt this good about how it looks in years.
So here’s the breakdown:
The glass, dropper style bottle is functional for the consistency of the serum, but if you’re accident prone make sure to be extra careful while using this.
My only annoyance with this is that it is so thin, it’s hard to control the product while I’m applying it. In terms of results, it’s totally worth the trouble. My skin is less prone to breakouts and any hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and pores are reduced. My skin is overall brighter and even. Amazing!
This stuff isn’t cheap at $65 dollar a pop, but I think it’s worth every penny. I’ll definitely be repurchasing when I finish the bottle. For me, it lives up to its claims. I’ve used it for about a month and it’s slightly under the level of where the label hits the top of the bottle, so I’m guessing it’s going to last me another 3-4 months at least. I’m not drowning my face in this stuff, but I don’t feel like I skimp on it either and I’m not running out of it too quickly.
Overall rating: 4/5
If you’re in the market for a retinol, I would urge you to try this one. The Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum has been a game changer for me. Love it and can’t be without it.
What’s you’re favorite retinol?