One of my favourite beauty bloggers, FutureDerm, released a retinol-based skincare product last year and to show my support for my fellow beauty bloggers, I took the plunge and purchased one. After using it on and off since September last year, I have finally managed to gather my thoughts and opinions together for a review – hooray!!!
About FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5
- Contains 0.5% concentrated retinol, the proven most effective concentration, in a lightweight gel formula
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles by 30% within the first 2 weeks
- Smooths mottled or rough skin and can help mild to moderate acne
- Alleviates the appearance of age spots
- Every skincare fanatic knows that retinol is a vital ingredient for anti-ageing. Before even trying it, I already knew I would LOVE FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 for its potent key ingredient and the fact that I have yet to read a bad review from other beauty bloggers.
- The packaging is plain and simple, but it’s what inside that counts 😉 The cream is dispensed by a pump – very hygienic – but it means I cannot tell when it will run out.
- A pea-sized amount was sufficient to cover my face and I loved how quickly the cream absorbed into my skin. FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 can be used with your usual moisturisers, but I just skipped it. As I have used retinol products before, I decided to up the ante and use this for 4-5 nights per week instead of the introductory twice a week.
- For the first 2 weeks, my skin went flaky like puff pastry. If you have never used retinol-based skincare products before, you may be shocked at the peeling flaky skin you can experience afterwards. It is normal, so please don’t panic! Meanwhile, it meant that my skin looked rather fragile and it wasn’t a great canvas for make-up. But no pain, no gain!
- Once my skin started getting accustomed to the retinol, it started stabilising and I could see noticeable results after a while.
Results After Using FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5
- My skin was smoother from all the shedding of the dead skin
- Pigmentation from the sun spots on my face were looking less pigmented
- No deepening of existing fine lines and thank God, no new ones either!
- Don’t forget to use super strong sunscreen during the day otherwise it is negating the effectiveness of the retinol-based cream.
- Only use FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 at night. Retinoids are not meant to be used during the day as sunlight does something to retinol making skin more susceptible to damage. (Not entirely sure of the science behind sunlight and retinoids but just avoid it please!)
- Please avoid using potent skin whitening products with FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 – I learnt the super hard way!!! I thought I’d be a smarty pants and use it along with skin whitening products but oh my gosh…my skin went into uber-hyper-sensitive mode and it was sore, red, rashy…not good!!!
- Also, retinol-based skincare products shouldn’t be used by pregnant woman (which explains why I had to stop using it for a few months because you know…but let’s not go there today and let’s think happy thoughts even though Monday-itis will be slapping me in the face when you read this :P)
Yay : Best concentration of retinol used, Scientifically proven (can’t argue with science!), Reduced pigmentation of stupid sun spots, Stabilising my fine lines and hopefully they will disappear eventually (*fingers crossed*), Affordable justification
Nay : Puff pastry face until skin gets used to it, Does not play well with skin whitening products
Obviously, I still have a long way to go for my skin to be perfect and I don’t think any wonder product can take my skin back to my perfect teenager skin (yes, I had no acne and no freckles back then!), but for now, FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 is working really well with my 32.5-year-old ageing skin. I also wish it could be used around eyes because the lines are really creeping up in that area but I’ll just call them extra-happy-laughter lines 😛
FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 is by far one of the best and most effective skincare products I have tried and I’m proud that one of my fellow talented beauty bloggers is the creator! Beauty bloggers rock! And if you’re keen to try this yourself, you can buy this on Amazon for under $60. Mine took 2 weeks to arrive.
And now I’m off to brainstorm a magical beauty product I can sell too 😛 I’m kidding! Or am I? *winks*