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The skincare gods have blessed me with an uncanny ability to test out way too many products and not breakout. Is there a new serum on the market? I’ll try it immediately. A new cleanser launched? Let me put it on my face. I only have one rule when it comes to testing out skincare: I will never test out a retinol without being super, insanely careful.
In the beauty world, not being able to withstand a retinol product is an Achilles heel. Touted as one of the strongest and most effective products to treat fine lines, uneven texture, discoloration, and even acne, retinol is basically the Holy Grail. It also happens to be the only ingredient my skin just can’t withstand. About an hour after putting on a retinol–even the gentlest ones on the market–and my skin begins peeling, I develop bumps all over my face, and it’s a general mess.
When I heard about the new Glossier retinol I thought to myself, I can’t not try it. I timed out my testing for a day when I knew I had no big events coming, so I wouldn’t need to hide my freaked-out skin if I had my typical reaction. The texture is so smooth and hydrating, which is always a good sign, since retinol products are notoriously drying. After layering it with a moisturizer, I went to bed and prayed I woke up to a decent face.
To my immense surprise, my skin felt silky smooth, I wasn’t having a bad reaction at all, and I even felt confident to try it again, two nights later. This product is a blend of retinol with fatty acids derived from sunflower seeds–which makes it less irritating–along with line-reducing stevia extract and hydrating mongo grass root extract. I’ve been using the product for two weeks now, every other night, and I must say: This product is making my skin glowier, more rejuvenated, and I haven’t had a single bad reaction to date.
I can’t believe I’m typing this, but I think Glossier might have just released the retinol product that I’ve been waiting for.
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