12.18.2014
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Retinol ResQ
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1.05 fl. oz. for $14.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Retinol ResQ ranks as one of the top retinol products available in any price range though the formula is getting to be a bit dated, so its rating was downgraded a bit. Still, for the money, this remains worth considering.

Alpha Hydrox uses packaging that keeps the retinol stable and they also included antioxidant vitamins E and C along with an anti-irritant. The fragrance-free base formula is quite thick and preferred for normal to very dry skin not prone to blemishes. On balance, a greater array of antioxidants plus some proven skin-repairing ingredients would propel this back to being a top pick.

Claims

An effective anti-wrinkle firming complex that carries pure-active Vitamin A (Retinol) and the anti-oxidant powers of Vitamin C and E deep into the skin’s surface where wrinkles and damage develop.

Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Retinol, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Acrylates Copolymer, Bisabolol, PEG-10 Soya Sterol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Propyl Gallate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine

Brand Overview

Alpha Hydrox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good selection of well-priced, effective AHA products utilizing glycolic acid; also excels with skin-lightening and retinol products; a small but workable selection of cleansers.

Weaknesses:A couple of moisturizers with oxygenating ingredients; reliance on jar packaging for some products with antioxidants.

Known primarily for their well-formulated AHA products, Alpha Hydrox got an impressive image update recently. Although the improvements were more visual and packaging-related than formulary-driven, the fact remains that Alpha Hydrox has a formidable range of effective AHA products, all with definitively researched glycolic acid. Kudos to the company for continuing to be direct about the AHA content (and pH) of their exfoliants, something most other lines selling AHA products prefer to keep a mystery. Should the folks behind this brand choose to go back to the drawing board once again, they would do well to reconsider their current jar packaging if they intend to keep adding antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients to their efficacious but still predominantly basic products. Until then, you can rely on Alpha Hydrox for supplying AHA products that really work, and a few other surprises too, all affordably priced and readily available.

For more information about Alpha Hydrox, call 1-800-447-1919 or visit www.alphahydrox.com.

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03.15.2015
Love it!

I am 56 and I have used this product line for over 10 years and have not found another that has won me over. I have not had breakouts from this product which I cannot say of others I have tried. great product!

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Alana S
08.30.2014
Very nice

It's too soon to know how well this product works, but it goes on nicely and soaks in quickly. It haa a silky smooth texture that makes your skin feel moisturized but not greasy.

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MARY
05.18.2014
Love it

Just started using this product plus their foaming cleanser. Man, what terrific products, no irritation, works great and the price is even better....Highly recommend this line.

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Bonnie
02.01.2014
Great Product

I've always come back to this product and recommend it to family and friends all the time. 14.99? If I want more antioxidants, I add it! No brainer here. Just be careful to use only at night and wear a good sunscreen in the day. Its strong so you could even use every other day if it seems to be a little irritating. Amazing results!

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SUSAN W.
06.04.2013
Excellent product

I am over 65 and have used this product for over 10 years and find it makes a huge difference in my skin. I've tried others and more expensive products but always come back to ResQ.

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