Marie Veronique Retinol Night Serum
Forty years of studies have proven retinol's extraordinary age delaying capabilities. Combined with the powerful effects of Vitamin A, C, and E to support superior collagen-building and antioxidant effects. Marie Veronique's high tech formula boosts collagen production and speeds cell turnover with retinol and Vitamin C to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This organic skin care product contains 7% Retinol and Vitamin C to clear pores and control breakouts.
SAFETY NOTE: Retinol is the safe Vitamin A derivative, not to be confused with retinyl palmitate, which one study shows may enhance tumor growth in the presence of UV, or isotretinoin, which dermatologists prescribe for severe acne.
7% retinol uses microencapsulated retinol that does not degrade even in a lower ph environment.
isododecane stabilized form of l-ascorbic acid (vitamin c) 3%.
photoaging repair complex proprietary microencapsulated resveratrol and superoxide dismutase (sod) for a powerful antioxidant boost.
sodium salicylate sodium salicylate moderates inflammation, allowing use of a therapeutic amount of retinol 7% without causing undue irritation, making it safe for sensitive skin.
ceramide complex key component of top layer of skin, prevents moisture loss, keeps skin soft and supple.
camellia sinensis (green & white tea) infusion, citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) hydrosol, encapsulated retinol (7%), leucidal (leuconostoc/radish root ferment), populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, argania spinosa (argan) oil, rubus fruticosus (blackberry) seed oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil, glycerin, mixed tocopherols (vitamin e), xanthan gum, saccharomyces/xylitum (kombucha) tincture, niacinamide, beta glucan, sodium salicylate, ceramide complex, non-gmo sunflower lecithin, n-acetyl glucosamine, isododecane (stabilized l-ascorbic acid), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin, idebenone, photo repair complex (superoxide dismutase, resveratrol).
essential oils: citrus aurantium (neroli), daucus carota (carrot) seed, curcuma longa (turmeric), helichrysum italicum (helichrysum), rosa damascene (rose), cistus ladanifer (cistus), boswellia carterii (frankincense).
Use at night only. Shake well before each use. Apply a thin layer of Gentle Retinol Night Serum after cleansing and misting. Follow that with an application of the Rejuvenating Night Oil. May be used every night. Not recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers or anyone who finds it too irritating. Please use sunscreen daily, as retinoid products do have exfoliant properties. If irritation develops discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
Retinoids (retinol, retinyl palmitate)
Retinoids describe a group of chemical compounds found in nature that are known as Vitamin A, and they assist in some of the essential functions of the body. Vitamin A is found in both plant and animal sources and it’s needed for the proper function of our immune system, vision, growth of bone tissue, and skin cell growth, repair and differentiation. It’s a really important vitamin that is a strong antioxidant.
It’s remarkable ability to affect skin cell regeneration has catapulted it into the spotlight over the last several years, and its laboratory isolated components are now infused to anti-aging and acne -damaged skin care products.
However, the problem is that although it can help our skin repair and heal, it can also make it extremely sensitive and vulnerable to environmental damage and potential carcinogens. There have been countless blog posts, and research studies arguing both the pros and the cons of using retinoids topically, and opinions by advocates from both sides still stand divided.
So where does that leave us?
Somewhere in the middle. At Credo, we know finding products that offer proven results are important to our customers. But we also feel a great responsibility to making sure that the products used don’t harm us, or the environment. For those seeking effective result driven anti-aging and / or acne treatments, it is proven that certain retinoids work. But there has also been an equal display of research revealing their potential harm. For example, California’s Proposition 65 lists it as a developmental toxin, and the Skin Deep database suggests avoiding it- and many organic skin care brands have decided not to incorporate it. But the EU commission on cosmetic safety, doesn’t list it as a toxin, and advises its use at .03% or below.
For us at Credo - we strongly urge our customers to use caution and common sense when using products with retinoids. If you decide to use a product with retinoids, please follow a few safe practices: 1) check the percentage and make sure it is listed below 1%, 2) Be aware that the product may cause skin irritation and sensitivity, and stop using immediately if discomfort persists 3) Avoid the sun!, 4) Avoid using continually, give skin a break.
Ideally, it would be best advised to avoid retinoids altogether, but a few of our brands have incorporated some milder variations of the vitamin’s components in very small percentages in order to support a few of its beneficial therapeutic actions in their products -and in these instances, you will notice the retinoids are at low percentages, and not included in sun care products.
We hope to empower our customers to better educate themselves about the products they put on their faces and bodies, and to make informed decisions about what is best for them individually. Below please find some reliable posts and research on retinoids.
One last note:
It’s also very important to note that all the studies indicating its cause for concern are based on research and experiments that test on animals, where they administer high dosages both orally and topically and observe the animal’s response. In most instances they are using a laboratory synthesized version of the retinoid, and not a natural isolate.
Obviously, it’s always best to get our vitamins directly from a food source, because the interplay of all of the nutrients (all vitamins and minerals) in the food, as a whole (together), allow for each component to be more safely absorbed in our bodies. It’s when these vitamins are isolated and removed from the food source and administered on their own that their reaction in the human body may differ.
That said, look for whole ingredients in your skin care products like sea buckthorn oil and extracts, carrot seed oil and extracts, and avocado oil, to name a few. These whole ingredients contain within them naturally occurring retinoids that may be more digestible, and safer, for the skin to process.
Other names and synonyms of retinoids, how you may find them listed:
INCI names (how you may see it listed on the label)