Is Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate For Deep Wrinkles Gentle Enough For Sensitive Skin?

by Gio

murad time release retinol concentrate for deep wrinkles

Retinol is one of my all-time favourite ingredients and a staple in my skincare routine. It can really improve the signs of aging and help you age gracefully. But there’s a catch. It can be irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin. But not all retinol serums and moisturizers are created equal. Some are gentler than others and can be used by everyone. Like Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate For Deep Wrinkles:

What Murad Says:

This Anti-aging triple-action wrinkle-fighting formula softens and smooths on contact, reduces the appearance of deep wrinkles, supports natural cell turnover and helps boost natural resilience.

Ingredient Analysis


Glycine Soja (Soybean ) Oil

Glycine Soya Oil is an oil derived from soybeans. It is rich in fatty acids, a group of substances that have emollient properties. They help keep skin moisturized, smooth, and soft. Soybeans also contains antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, which can fight free radicals and help prevent the formation of premature wrinkles.



Retinol is an anti-aging superstar that boosts collagen production, which helps firm skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discolourations. But retinol can also be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. To prevent this, the retinol in this serum is time-released. What does it mean? Rather than getting the full force of retinol all at once, the ingredient is slowly released over a several hours period. That way, you’ll still get the benefits without the side effects.


Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, also called Matrixyl® synthe’6® is a peptide developed by Sederma. According to the company, it “fills in wrinkles from the inside both on the forehead and the crow’s feet for a visibly smoother and plumper skin.” It works by stimulating “6 major constituents of the skin matrix and the dermal–epidermal junction”. I couldn’t find any independent studies confirming this which is not surprising considering it is quite a new ingredient. So, while I would never purchase this moisturizer because it contains this peptide, it’s good to know it’s there, just in case.

Further considerations on the formula

This moisturizing formula also contains humectants, such as Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate, which can attract water from the enviroment into the skin, thus helping to keep it hydrated; emollients like Cetyl Alcohol, a good type of alcohol, and Shea Butter, that keep skin soft and smooth for hours; and silicones, like Polymethylsilsesquioxane, that create a protective but breathable barrier on the skin, help fill in fine lines and wrinkles temporarily, and give slip to the cream. The formula is also fragrance-free, and so suitable for sensitive skin too.

Full Ingredient List

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycine Soja (Soybean ) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Lauryl Lactate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Retinol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Laureth-23, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Triethanolamine, Ceramide-3, Punica Granatum Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Gluconate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Propyl Gallate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5

The Bottom Line

Although there is only so much a topical cream can do for deep wrinkles, Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles contains ingredients that can improve them (and other signs of aging too). And it is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

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Laurie October 24, 2014 - 2:49 pm

I love the idea of time-release retinol! I’ve been considering buying the FutureDerm one, but this sounds like another good option.

Gio October 24, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Laurie, they are both great serums. 🙂

Chic Readings October 24, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Sounds great, especially because it is hard to find gentle products with such effect:)

Gio October 24, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Helena, so true. I hope more companies will start using this technology in the near future.

Allison October 25, 2014 - 4:05 am

Time-released! How interesting. I have not had an opportunity to try any of the Murad products yet, but I would like to. I was using a Vichy eye product with retinol, and though I liked it’s esthetics, it didn’t see any change. The Murad will go on my “to try” list!

Gio October 25, 2014 - 8:07 am

Allison, what a shame the Vichy cream didn’t work for you. How long did you try it for? Usually, it takes a few weeks to start seeing improvements. Retinol works, but slowly.

This one is really good, and I love that it contains antioxidants and peptides too.

Allison October 25, 2014 - 2:34 pm

I went through almost 2 bottles, Gio, about 8 months. I think it was a fair test 😉

Gio October 25, 2014 - 5:49 pm

Definitely a bad product then. I hope you didn’t waste too much money on it.

Allison October 25, 2014 - 6:15 pm

I have a feeling it would have been more effective for a younger woman as a preventative or to reverse very fine lines. It was a good product, but I think I needed heavier guns so to speak, a higher percentage of retinol or Rx Retina A

Gio October 25, 2014 - 7:04 pm

I know what you mean. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find high concentrations of retinol in OTC products. The highest I saw was 1.5%. If that doesn’t work, a prescription product would be best. 🙂

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