I’m nowhere near breakout-free, but the overall redness, inflamed, unbalanced look of my skin has thankfully settled right down and now I’m mostly addressing a few spots here and there, with my main focuses being addressing the annoying remaining marks from previous breakouts and generally maintaining the balance. I’ve worked out that I’m best having a whole routine that’s relatively gentle with a couple of hard-workers that go the extra mile; my skin responds really well to acids and retinols, so I’ve carefully selected some favourites to stick at, and that includes the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum.
The two most important elements to start with when I’m thinking about a product, is does it break me out and does it cause inflammation? Thankfully, even though it’s a powerful product, the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum doesn’t do either of these things, even though it’s clearly a product aimed at skin types different to mine, with the main selling point being the anti-ageing benefits. Annoyingly it does contain fragrance and silicone, which is why I’d be unlikely to use this as a daily product (I use it 2-3 times a week) as I fear it might overwhelm my skin, but if you’re not especially breakout-prone then I doubt you’d have an issue. The morning after use, skin feels and looks smother, more refined and generally improved – I love the fact that it contains hyaluronic acid too. I have a lot of skincare to play with at the moment, but the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum is a product I’m reaching for regularly and I think it’ll likely make an appearance in an ’empties’ post soon. To summarise, if you fancy trying a retinol that’s pretty gentle, non-drying and effective, this is a really good choice. Normal and dry skin types can use this daily, tricky skin types might want to ease themselves in and use a few times a week; I think it’s more likely to help with the spot scarring than the actual spots. Find it here – link – for £65.