I usually get my retinol fix in serum form, but a few weeks ago, I decided to switch to a cream instead. I went for La Roche Posay Redermic R Anti-Aging Concentrate Intensive, which, as far as moisturizers go, is pretty basic but does the job just fine.
Redermic R contains two forms of vitamin A, retinol and retinyl linoleate, which have been proven to really reduce wrinkles (not just their appearance). They do so by boosting the production of collagen, which is that thing that keeps skin firm and elastic, and accelerating cellular turnover, so that your old and dull skin cells are replaced by newer, healthier ones.
That’s why it does wonders for the texture of your skin. You can see it become smoother and softer to the touch. It also reduces wrinkles and dark spots, but, it takes a bit longer to see these results. Retinol is awesome, but no miracle worker yet!
Retinol can also be pretty irritating, so I was happy to learn Redermic R contains progressive release retinol, which is a fancy way of saying it is released slowly into the skin over a period of several hours. This doesn’t compromise its efficacy, but, makes it more suitable for sensitive skin, too.
Having said that, I wouldn’t recommend this particularly moisturizer to folks with sensitive skin because it contains fragrance, which can cause irritations, too. It didn’t to me, but then my skin is not that sensitive.
Instead, I think it’s more suitable for dry skin. That’s because it’s filled with humectants, like glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, that replenish skin’s moisture. Both are very hydrating and make skin look plumper, which reduces wrinkles, too – although, this time, just their appearance.
Unfortunately, that’s all the goodies it contains. I would have loved to see more antioxidants included in the formula, but, for some reason, French brands seem to be very stingy with them. Maybe the French get enough of them from their wines and diet?
That’s the only problem I have with La Roche Posay Redermic R, really. It would have been easier to justify its price tag if it had more antioxidants. But, if you’re looking for a basic retinol moisturizer and don’t mind using it together with an antioxidant rich serum, I think you may like it. It sinks pretty quickly into the skin, as it’s so lightweight. No tacky residue left behind!