Middle-Aged Shoppers Say This Non-Irritating Retinol Serum Makes Wrinkles ‘Not Noticeable’

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Love it or loathe it, working in the beauty industry means trying a lot of different products. For the most part I’m game to test any and all formulations that come across my desk, with one notable exception: retinol. That’s because I’ve finally found one that doesn’t leave my skin irritated and flaky, only glowy and youthful. For the better part of six months, my one and only retinol serum has been Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum ($94).

You only need a pea-size amount of this best-selling and celebrity-loved retinol serum to see benefits like smoother skin texture, less blemishes, reduced pore size and wrinkles and faded dark spots. As the name suggests, its hero ingredient is retinol, or vitamin A; specifically three skin-smoothing retinols the brand coins its Retinoid Complex. To balance out any irritation that this powerful anti-ager can cause, the formula also includes barrier-restoring squalane and beta-glucan, a humectant moisturizer that also repairs skin and prevents future damage.

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Courteney Cox, fresh off her 60th birthday, and 31-year-old Selena Gomez are both fans of Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum; just one example of its popularity among consumers of all ages. “It makes my skin glow without irritating it and helps with my hyperpigmentation,” wrote one shopper in their 30s. Another reviewer in their 40s said their “wrinkles are less visible,” while a user in their 50s said their dark spots were “much lighter” after two weeks. A 70-year-old shared they use it “nightly without any irritation.” Another 40-something with “sensitive and rosacea-prone skin” noted they’re “already seeing a difference in [their] fine lines” after just one week. Cox herself raved, “It smooths skin texture and evens my skin tone without irritation.”

I’ve written about my love for this retinol before, but to celebrate Dermalogica’s Friends and Family Sale I’m shouting it out again. Now through June 25, Dermalogica is giving away up to five free gifts with any Dermalogica order. Just in time for summer vacations, the brand is offering two free mini products when you spend $50+, four free minis when you spend over $100 and five free minis, plus a tote bag and their skin-sculpting gua sha when you spend $150+. Hurry—these epic gifts are only available while supplies last.

For more of Dermalogica’s straightforward and science-backed skin-care products we’ve covered over the years, keep scrolling.

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There’s little this anti-aging moisturizer doesn’t address. Worried about sun damage? Peptides help to improve the appearance of photoaged skin, while broad spectrum SPF 50 protects against future damage. White tea–derived antioxidants and hyaluronic acid complete the formula to firm, soften lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity and hydrate.

dermalogica dynamic skin-recovery moisturizer spf50

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The PowerBright Dark Spot Peel is an at-home fast-acting peel that “visibly lifts” surface hyperpigmentation, including UV-induced dark spots, post-blemish marks and melasma for a wide range of skin tones. It works by blending ingredients alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), tranexamic acid, niacinamide and turmeric butter; a combination the brand says works to erase dark spots in as little as five uses.

dermalogica powerbright peel

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This serum helps to limit the loss of collagen we experience due to aging and preserve the collagen we have. It’s formulated with amino acids, jojoba and wild indigo and pink carnation extracts, leaving skin looking firmer, more plump and luminous. With extended use, the serum also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


dermalogica pro collagen banking serum

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A balmy-cream that soothes sensitive skin, locks in moisture and strengthens the skin barrier over time? It’s all in this rich moisturizer. Formulated with Dermalogica‘s proprietary Ceramide-Building Complex, cica and boerhavia diffusa root, it also restores nourishing lipids, balances skin and reduces redness.

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To unclog pores and smooth skin texture in three minutes, this powerful at-home peel uses a potent blend of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, phytic acid, tranexamic acid and fruit enzymes. Participants in a clinical trial also reported a reduced appearance in wrinkles in three weeks with daily use.

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The Phyto Nature Oxygen Cream “breathes new life into aging skin,” says the brand, thanks to oxygen-optimizing phytoactives delivering a deep hydration boost to multiple layers of skin. Its formula also includes skin-softening jojoba oil and squalane. Skin looks “more firmer and lifted” in just one week, per Dermalogica.


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Vitamin C, lactic acid and chia seeds combine in this serum to protect, brighten and exfoliate skin while also promoting cell turnover. The result? Clearer, smoother, firmer skin with dramatically reduced lines and wrinkles.

dermalogica vitamin c serum

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Shoppers in their 40s swear this eye gel works overtime to revive tired eyes.  Thanks to a blend of caffeine, peptides, rosemary leaf extract (known for soothing and minimizing swelling) and lactic acid (hello, smooth skin), we can see why. Whether you’re up with kids, working late or enjoying a night on the town, this formula will awaken your eyes in just 10 minutes, according to the brand.

dermalogica awaken peptide eye gel

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Dermalogica’s freshly launched Phyto Nature Lifting Eye Cream is expert-approved to treat the entire eye area—including drooping upper eyelids. Its formula also firms and visibly reduces signs of eye aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, dryness and loss of elasticity. According to the brand, it takes just one use to see measurably lifted eyes.


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When Oprah calls any beauty product a “superstar,” I’m all ears. The rice-based enzyme powder begins dry and when mixed with water turns into a creamy paste. When combined the formula activates: salicylic acid and rice cleanse and polish, white tea and licorice nourish and smooth texture, and colloidal oatmeal and allantoin calm and soothe.

dermalogica daily microfoliant

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