Cruelty Free Serums?
Adding a serum (or two!) to your routine is a great idea, but it can also be hard to know where to start.
Refining Serum | 2.5% Retinol
Not suitable for use during pregnancy
Brand new to FaceStuff and after years of searching by founder, Renée, the new range of cruelty free serums is now available.
The Refining Serum is a 2.5% retinol serum and is the best option if you're already using a retinoid or have used something similar in the past.
The Refining Serum has been formulated to include hyaluronic acid so the usual effects of adding (or re-adding) a retinol serum to your routine should be minimised.
By adding hyaluronic acid to the Refining Serum the aim is to make your routine less complicated - there's no need for layering serums.
Retinol serum can stimulate cell production which has an exfoliating effect on the skin, brightening and smoothing it. Another benefit of using the Refining Serum is the regulation of oil production which can minimise break outs in acne prone skin.
For more info about our cruelty free serums please check out the Serum Starter Guide here.
Available in three sizes;
Refill options are coming soon!
How to use Refining Serum
Even if you're currently using a retinol serum or have used one in the past, changing things up can cause disruptions to your skin. This strength of retinol is not recommended for sensitive skin.
If you're new to using a retinol serum please start with a 5ml vial for patch testing before you commit to a larger size. Start with one application in the first week, then two applications in the second week and three applications in the third week.
When you start using the Refining Serum apply it between two layers of moisturiser or night cream. So cleanse then use your toner (or skin drink), add moisturiser as a buffer, apply your serum and then add more moisturiser.
Protect the delicate eye area by using an eye cream before applying any retinol serum, and (unlike hyaluronic acid) apply the Refining Serum to a dry face.
Experiencing the effects of retinol is a long game, it can take up to six months to really notice a difference in your skin's tone and texture and the minimising of fine lines.
If using a vitamin C serum, use that in the morning and Refining Serum in the evening. It's important to apply sunscreen daily when using any retinol serum.
If using a pea size amount of Refining Serum three times a week, you can expect (approximately);
- Three weeks of use from a 5ml tester
- Five months of use from a 30ml bottle
If you're a daily retinol user, you can expect (approximately);
- 10 days of use from a 5ml tester
- 60 days or two months of use from a 30ml bottle
- 200 days or six months of use from a 100ml bottle
Refining Serum | 2.5% Retinol
Started with the small bottle and totally loved this product so I had to get the biggest bottle I could. Product makes my skin feel very hydrated and smooth. Noticed a difference in the texture of my skin and a reduction in small lines on my forehead
Skin always feels very hydrated after using this serum. a little bit goes a long way.
First time using retinol. Have been using for a few weeks now. I have always suffered with acne and congestion around the chin area. This is the first thing (other than accutane) which makes a difference. Skin also feels softer. I’m obsessed. I didn’t find the step from 1% to 2.5% problematic.
Non irritating, hydrating and effective!
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