Retinol Resurfacing Treatment - £33.50 from MerumayaRetinol is a skincare ingredient I found a little bit intimidating, with it supposedly being prone to irritating skin and causing inflammation, particularly for those with sensitive skin. Whilst my skin isn't massively sensitive I still didn't fancy my chances of any increased irritation, so it was something I had avoided until recently. Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, encourages the rate of cell turnover to increase, which essentially means that your skin builds new layers at a faster speed, and as the top layers shed skin tone is evened out and smoothed. It's been shown to work wonders for those with acne prone skin and also helps to reduce noticeable scarring, something I do have thanks to those delightful teenage years that are luckily behind me now!
As retinol itself is unstable, Merumaya have used a more stabilised version alongside a samphire extract, which imitates the benefits of retinol with less of the irritation, and added a peptide blend to restore important proteins as well as squalane, extracted from olive oil, which helps to restore the skins natural moisture levels.
It's all very scientific sounding, isn't it? It can be difficult to wrap your head around (I've just had to spend a good half hour looking into all of the ingredients and why they help...) but this one little treatment supposedly helps in so many ways. Ideal for resurfacing the skin, it helps to even out skin tone, smooth out any lines and wrinkles, improve moisture levels, reduce scarring, regulate sebum to control blemishes and soothe the skin.
I've been using the Retinol Resurfacing Treatment since the start of January and, to be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I apply this after using a cleanser and toner every night or in the morning if I'm having a makeup free day. The first thing I noticed about the treatment was the scent, as it's quite unique. It's almost sherbet-like, but it still smells like skincare - if that makes sense... I'm not too sure what the scent is exactly, but I personally love it, and it doesn't hang around for too long if that's something you'd worry about.
One of my only issues with the Retinol Resurfacing Treatment is that the pump on the bottle dispenses such a tiny amount at a time, which is a little bit frustrating for someone as impatient as me. It's a tiny gripe, but a gripe all the same! I have to use about 5 or 6 pumps of product for my whole face, and even then it feels like I'm being a little bit stingy with my application.
Otherwise, though, I have nothing but praise for this. I was really worried that my skin would absolutely hate this and be left congested and inflamed, but it's been the total opposite. I've noticed a huge difference in the overall texture of my skin, particularly on my nose, and the acne scarring on my chin has been considerably less noticeable. It hasn't made much of a difference to the handful of enlarged pores I have on one cheek, but I think they're beyond saving at this point. My skin looks a lot healthier and has been retaining moisture for much longer than normal, which has made a huge difference to how it looks and feels.
It is a little bit pricey, but it seems to be in line, if not cheaper, than other similar products. This is the second product I've tried from Merumaya and I'm equally as impressed as I was with their eye makeup remover. After seeing the results from this treatment I'm really keen to try more of their skincare range!
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