Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment

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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Retinoids
Last Updated:
11/26/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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Taking a cue from prescription retinoid products, CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment combines a potent dose of anti-aging superstar ingredient retinol (the entire vitamin A molecule) in a lightweight, elegant moisturizing base loaded with beneficial ingredients including peptides, vitamin C, and numerous anti-irritants. Whereas prescription retinoids give you a great active ingredient, they typically come in a bland moisturizing base void of other anti-aging ingredients. Paula's Choice aimed to change that and so combined over-the-counter retinol in a strength research has shown can make a considerable difference for numerous skin concerns, from deep wrinkles to uneven skin tone and loss of firmness.

This fragrance-free treatment is formulated for all skin types, but is especially good for those struggling with persistent breakouts and advanced signs of aging (sun damage) including wrinkles and brown spots.

This treatment is considerably stronger than most over-the-counter retinol products so should be used sparingly (a pea-sized dab is enough for the entire face) and, at least for the first few weeks, only 1-3 times per week, at night. It may be combined with a prescription retinoid product, but if you opt to do so, pay close attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of application accordingly. May also be applied at the same time as other products with retinol, though again, pay attention to how your skin responds. The goal with retinol is to gain its many benefits without tipping the scale in favor of irritation. Also, remember that it's imperative to protect your skin every day with a product rated SPF 30 or greater—any anti-aging routine must include daily sun protection or you simply won't get the results you want.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free formula is an elegant alternative to bland prescription retinoid products.
  • Contains a potent dose of anti-aging superstar retinol plus numerous other well-researched anti-aging ingredients.
  • Easy to use and may be combined with other anti-aging treatments, including products with retinol and vitamin C.
  • Capable of improving multiple signs of aging, including deep wrinkles and loss of firmness.
Cons:
  • 1% retinol is an amount not everyone's skin will be able to tolerate, at least not for frequent use.

Contains the highest concentration of stabilized retinol available without a prescription. Improves skin’s firmness and elasticity; Smooths deep wrinkles and fine lines; Reduces dark spots and uneven skin tone; Refines pore size and skin texture; Reduces breakouts; Helps fade red marks from past breakouts and prevent new breakouts; Contains antioxidants to repair and soothing ingredients to reduce irritation; 100% fragrance- and colorant-free; Received a 92% “excellent” approval rating from our consumer panel test

Water, Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Isononyl Isononanoate (emollient), Castor Isostearate Succinate (skin-conditioning agent), Glyceryl Stearate (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone thickener/texture enhancer), PEG-33 (binding agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Behenyl Alcohol (fatty alcohol thickener), Retinol (cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Ceramide 2 (skin-repairing ingredient), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (cell-communicating ingredients), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (antioxidant plant extracts/anti-irritants), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols (antioxidant/skin-conditioning agent), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (antioxidant), Sorbitan Laurate (emulsifier), Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester (anti-irritant), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tribehenin (emollient), Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin (skin conditioning agents),Pentylene Glycol (slip agent), PEG-100 Stearate (thickener), PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides (emollient), PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer (film-forming agent), PEG-10 Phytosterol (fatty acid-based thickener), PEG-8 Dimethicone (silicone-based skin-conditioning agent), PEG-14 (thickener), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate (binding agent), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (silicone-based opacifying agent), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (slip agent), Arachidyl Glucoside (emulsifier), Sclerotium Gum (thickener) Arachidyl Alcohol (thickener), Benzoic Acid (preservative), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. Licia
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Amazing product
    • Purchased the trial size and already see the result after 2 weeks. I use this product as recommended, 3 times a week. It peels the skin without redness. Will start to use this on daily basis after a month.

  2. Kristin M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Went out of my comfort zone - so glad I did!
    • I read reviews for this product wanting to try, I knew from past experience wasn't a good idea. Thoughts of breaking out and/or red irritated skin danced in my head. I wanted so see if it would take away stubborn acne spots that and firm up/ clear up my skin. I use every 3 days with the skin recovery mask, My skin is so much better!! Marks I never thought would leave me are almost gone, breaking out not an issue, at this point not changing my routine with this product, skin firmer. So happy!!

  3. Valerie C.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Still Not Sure
    • I have been using this product for almost 4 months. My dermatologist tells me that retinoid-bassed products like Renova take at least 6 months to work, and Retinol takes even longer. That is why I am skeptical of some of the reviews on this site. How long have you been using the product to make these claims? I think my skin overall looks a bit better but the wrinkles have not budged at all so far. I am very doubtful but will keep using it for a few more months to see if there is any change.

  4. Scott B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Game Changer
    • Ever since last fall when the C-15 Booster came out, PC has been cranking out one new product after another. This, like c-15, stands above all others in how it really does improve your skin in a number of significant ways: smaller pores, firmer skin that's much more evenly toned, and significant reduction in both fine and deeper lines. It is very potent, so follow the package directions carefully! Part of my core skin routine, forever.

  5. amy
    Reviewed on Friday, September 12, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    PLEASE DONT BUY THIS!
    • Please do not buy this product...I am afraid they might run out before I need more! Seriously..unfreakingbelievable REAL DRASTIC..INCREDIBLE results. Never discontinue this or run put. I adore PC but this tops them all...by far.

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Feels Amazing On Application!
    • Let me start by saying that this is strong, so please be careful. I used it 3 times the first week I received it, a few days later I woke up to peeling skin. It wasn't sore or red, just peeling skin. I currently use skinceuticals 1% retinol so I thought I could handle this, so please be careful. I love this much more that Paula's other retinol serum not because it's stronger but because this is a lotion and spreads so nicely and makes your skin feel amazing! Just wish I could use more often!

  7. JEANNE C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 15, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    New Packaging, too!
    • I've only used three times this first week, but I can already see positive results. This is a much stronger product than the RESIST 0.1% serum that I've been using, so I want to be cautious like the instructions advise. I love the new packaging---must nice than that for the serum. Hope you change over to this package for everything.

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About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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