Tested on animals:Yes
This Regenerist product is being sold as a retinoid-like wrinkle reducer that's a relative bargain compared with those costing around $200. Well, duh! But before we discuss this product's formula, it's worth mentioning that prescription retinoid products (which this is not) don't need to cost $200. Generic tretinoin, the active ingredient in Retin-A and Renova, can be had for less than $70, possibly even cheaper if your health insurance covers it (some plans do).
Like all of the Regenerist moisturizers and serums, this product, whose core ingredients make it a moisturizer for normal to dry skin, contains a mix of glycerin, niacinamide, and silicone. It has a creamy yet lightweight lotion texture and requisite silkiness that's the hallmark of countless other moisturizers. The fragrance-free formula contains a small amount of green tea extract for an antioxidant boost, but niacinamide is clearly the star ingredient—and you don't have to spend this much to get an efficacious amount of this cell-communicating ingredient.
Playing a supporting role is the aforementioned retinoid, which is listed as retinyl propionate. This is the same vitamin A ingredient Olay touts in their pricier Pro-X products, so if you've been curious about those, Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment is a less expensive alternative (but, in all fairness the Pro-X product with retinyl propionate, sold as Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment, is a better formula). Retinyl propionate is a form of vitamin A that, according to limited research, the skin more readily converts to retinoic acid, which is what tretinoin (the active ingredient in some prescription retinoids) breaks down to in order to work. Whether it's worth considering over or is less irritating than retinol hasn't been proven, so for now it's just a potentially good twist on "regular" retinol.
This product is packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use, which is great. Whether you want to give this a try is your call, but it's worth nothing there are many other moisturizers and serums with retinol that treat skin to a more varied range of beneficial ingredients than what's found here. Still, on balance, this is a good formula.
- Fragrance-free with a silky texture.
- Contains a form of retinol that appears to have anti-aging benefits.
- Niacinamide is a multi-functional ingredient that addresses multiple concerns.
- If you're looking for a product with retinol, there are others that contain a better range of anti-aging ingredients.