Name: Retilift Ultra Face Serum with Skin-Tensor Effect
Brand: Bottega Verde
From Bottega Verde’s website:
When skin needs extra help against the signs of time: this is an easily absorbed serum with instant, prolonged action, enriched with active anti-ageing ingredients. Ideal for mature skin. Choose this product if you: you want to remodel the contours of your face, and a glowing, even complexion.
What I liked:
– lightweight texture, absorbs easily
– skins feels firmer
– nice scent
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– not very moisturizing
– doesn’t leave skin soft
– not suitable for those with dry skin
Retilift Ultra is a new, anti-aging line with Retinyl Palmitate from Bottega Verde. Retinyl Palmitate is a form of Vitamin A (a powerful antioxidant that can reduce wrinkles) which is more stable but less effective than other Retinoids and thus, needs to be used in high concentrations in a product for it to work at all. Bottega Verde Retilift Ultra Face Serum With Skin-Tensor Effect lists this ingredient pretty high on the label and at the moment, the range is available at a discounted launch price, so I just had to check it out and see if it is a good option for those that want to use Retinoids without breaking the bank.
Bottega Verde Retilift Ultra Face Serum is white in color and has a very lightweight texture that absorbs quickly into the skin and literally feels like you have applied nothing at all. It doesn’t make skin soft and doesn’t seem to moisturize either. Because of this, I wouldn’t really recommend the serum to those with dry skin as they would benefit more from a more emollient and moisturizing product. However, this is an anti-aging serum which doesn’t really claim to be that moisturizing so how well does it work for wrinkles?
I use the serum every night before I go to sleep (the directions on the packaging say to apply it in the morning too but sunlight degrades retinoids so they are best used at night only) and my skin looks brighter and feels noticeably firmer. I can’t really say that it considerably reduced my wrinkles but then I only have some fines lines and it would take a few months to see any small reductions. And because I don’t plan to repurchase the serum as it isn’t moisturizing, I can only share my experience so far which is encouraging but I can’t help but think there are better products with Retinoids out there.
I also heard some people complain this serum stings their skin but that’s to be expected when you use products with Retinoids. Retinyl Palmiatate is not as strong as other forms of Retinoids but if your skin is sensitive, it can still cause irritations and redness. That’s why, if you have never used products with Vitamin A before, you should use this serum only every other day until your skin gets used to it. Only if the symptoms persist after a couple of weeks, you should discard the product.
Finally, a word on the packaging: it is a green plastic bottle with a white cap, which I like very much. Not only it looks pretty and sleek, but it is also hygienic as the product won’t get contaminated with bacteria and because it isn’t see-through, it will also keep Vitamin A stable and effective (vitamin A degrades when exposed to light and air so this packaging is ideal to avoid that from happening). The pump also allows you to pour out just the right amount of product you need so none gets wasted.
Available at: Bottegaverde.com
Bottega Verde Retilift Ultra Face Serum With Skin-Tensor Effect is an anti-aging serum with Retinyl Palmitate. Packaged in a tube that keeps it stable and effective, the serum has a lightweight texture that isn’t moisturizing at all, but makes skin brighter and firmer. I haven’t used it enough to know how effective it is against wrinkles but it looks promising. It’s not the best product with Vitamin A around (because it is not moisturizing and Retinyl Palmitate is not as effective as other forms of Vitamin A) but if you never used Retinoids before, this could be a good and inexpensive choice to start with.