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While we all know there isn't just one superhero ingredient that can reverse all skin concerns, retinol continues to receive praise from dermatologists and beauty buffs alike as a cure for, well, almost everything. A common derivative found in anti-aging and acne products, it’s been proven to work fast and efficiently to refine the skin’s tone and texture.
Whether you’re looking to tighten and firm wrinkles, brighten dark spots and under eyes, diminish scars and/or zap a few zits away, there’s one bestselling formula that Canadians are absolutely loving, and that is the Maritime Naturals Retinol Moisturizer.
What is it?
Certified and made with organic ingredients, this gentle and rich moisturizer is designed to give you a facelift effect while refining the look and texture of the skin for more healthy and youthful results.
And while retinol products are often pricey, this one is currently on sale for 19 per cent off, ringing in at only $34!
SHOP IT: Amazon, $34 (originally $42)
How does it work?
For the best results, it’s recommended to apply the moisturizer onto the face, neck and decollete regularly in the morning and night. And while retinol has earned the reputation to be very drying, this formula is made with hyaluronic acid to deliver a hydrating and rejuvenating boost.
And thanks to the blend of vitamin E and other restoration properties, it effectively evens out the skin tone, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and repairs visible sun damage.
What are people saying?
“After using this moisturizer for more than three months now, I have to say both my complexion and skin texture has improved. One area that is very noticeable is my decollete. The crepiness has reduced and the skin looks and feels smoother. The ingredients [speak] for itself and is so much less expensive than comparable products,” reads one five-star review.
“This is the second time I've bought this cream and I'm just so pleased with it. I no longer have flaking skin or severe dryness. It seems to have improved the brightness of my skin too,” adds another. “The only downside is if you accidentally use too much your skin will be a little greasy. But once you figure out the right amount, your skin looks lovely.”
Is it for you?
If you’re looking for a great everyday moisturizer to reverse minor blemishes and early stages of premature aging caused by sun damage and pollution, this product is the perfect the solution and preventive.
Because of its low percentage of retinol, compared to prescribed creams, reviews warn that results will come gradually with consistent use.
“After going through this tub of moisturizer, I'm hooked on this company's products. I've never gotten so many compliments on my skin. I slather it on at night and the next day my skin is always so soft. I didn't see drastic results right away but read online that 1% retinol (a.k.a. not a clinical dosage) can take a few months to start working, so I stuck with it. Sure enough, a couple of months in and I started hearing a lot of comments about how great my skin looked,” explains a five-star reviewer. “It really does work, if you keep with it.”
For those who have chronic skin conditions like rosacea and eczema, we suggest limiting the use of retinol to prevent over-drying. Instead, we suggest incorporating vitamin C or glycolic acid into your skin routine.