February 7, 2023

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Review: Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum

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sunday riley a+ high dose retinoid serum

I after proclaimed, right after applying Luna, that I would not use any other merchandise from Sunday Riley.

Well, appear who’s consuming crow 😛 Whichever I imagined about Luna and the fairly sneaky marketing and advertising techniques of Sunday Riley, I have to acknowledge that they take care of to intrigue me sufficient to try out their products time just after time (see the CEO face oil and Vitamin C serum). And I commonly detest to admit it, but I do like what I attempt, for the most portion.

The Sunday Riley A+ Higher Dose Retinoid Serum is very raved, and it was a person I had purchased as portion of a value established. I did love utilizing the Luna oil, and this is intended to be even much better. I also had a handful of individuals tell me that they loved this one to bits, so I was large on my to-check out list!

Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum – what is the share?

The matter about using a retinol or retinoid serum is that individuals usually want to know what the percentage of retinol is in there. The bigger the better of class, even though it’s a known reality that 1% retinol is considered a quite high percentage for around the counter products. The bigger the share of retinol in a serum, the more productive, but the higher the opportunity of pores and skin irritation.

Nicely, colour me shocked when I observed that the Sunday Riley A+ Significant Dose Retinoid Serum claimed they have 5% retinoid ester blend, 1% liposomal-encapsulated retinol mix, and .5% blue-green algae with purely natural, retinoid-alternate exercise, which numerous sources put at 6.5%, and contact it a stablized retinoid blends. Wow, was my facial area heading to slide off?!

But I examine even more, and realised that it’s a ‘retinoid ester blend’ and a ‘retinol blend’, which indicates that there are extra steps of conversion, ahead of it becomes retinoic acid, that is the component that is certainly helpful for the skin (You can study extra about these retinoid/retinol conversions right here and below)

Skincare pro Caroline Hirons pegs the Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid Serum at about .5-.6% on pores and skin (here). Now, which is a much more realistic determine in my textbooks 😛

For reference, I have utilized the Paula’s Preference Clinical 1% Retinol Serum and the Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream 1% retinol serum with very superior final results. This tells you I’m no stranger to working with strong retinol serums on my pores and skin, and I know how my pores and skin performs and handles it.

That stated, the Sunday Riley A+ serum is regarded as as a significant share retinol item, so I wouldn’t dive right into it, except if you are previously no stranger to using retinol on your skin, or are prepared to be incredibly patient.

Why use a retinol/retinoid serum?

Briefly, retinol is the gold regular ingredient for anti-aging (along with utilizing a great powerful sunscreen). It increases pores and skin mobile and collagen production, and enhances wrinkles and fine strains, tends to make pores and skin thicker, helps fade sunlight injury and pigmentation. It helps make skin smoother, clearer and additional plumped, aiding you glimpse younger for for a longer time.

With the lots of diverse merchandise and versions of retinol serums in the marketplace, you can find a person for each spending plan, at varying degrees of efficacy.

My private preference is to go with a chemical retinol/retinoid serum. While I have tried a organic spinoff that I personally found fairly powerful, I find it works a tiny more slowly but surely than I choose. At my age, I just prefer one thing a minor ‘stronger’ 😛

How to use the Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid serum

As with all retinol and retinoid serums, heading sluggish is critical, to guarantee your pores and skin isn’t extremely sensitized.

Generally get started a new retinol/retinoid serum by making use of it 1-2 occasions a 7 days for a handful of months, in advance of rising its frequency slowly each and every other 7 days, right until you are comfy applying it each evening, or just about every other night.

As you can notify for that reason, this evaluation has been a prolonged one coming 😛

When utilizing a retinol serum, I usually make positive my pores and skin is properly moisturised and I normally hold a facial oil at hand, simply because I uncover that it can help protect against my skin from drying out. You can combine it into your moisturiser as very well, if you really feel it is also severe on the pores and skin.

You need to (and I signify Ought to!) dress in a great sunscreen in the working day when using retinol serums. It can make your pores and skin much more delicate, and you really don’t want to damage it further more.

Reasonably gentle system

What I recognized very first of all, was that the components felt quite gentle on my pores and skin. It was really contrary to the Drunk Elephant A-Passioni serum that appeared to supply a extra visible ‘hit’ to the skin.

I was equipped to swiftly stage up to nightly use with no far too considerably hassle, as my pores and skin did not look to really feel extremely sensitized or dry when utilizing the A+ Retinoid serum.

The texture is very runny and far more like a lotion, and has a slight yellow tone.

My pores and skin is quite made use of to stronger substances like this so I cannot say how somebody with additional delicate skin may possibly fare with it. I have study that it is appropriate for persons with even the most delicate of pores and skin, presented you break it in little by little and meticulously.

Skin is significantly smoother

I go via bouts of utilizing retinol solutions, and when I run out of one particular, I at times take a couple months right before I leap onto another. I jumped on to this Sunday Riley A+ Retinoid Serum following one of these bouts.

The most recognizable profit for me, was my skin sensation significantly smoother after a few weeks. It is 1 of the most apparent gains of working with a retinol item, so it boggles my intellect why I’m so tardy about it 😛

In spite of my superior age (48 at time of writing) I really do not have pretty deep lines or wrinkles, so I are not able to vouch for any reduction or improvement in that division. I do having said that, have hyperpigmentation and sunlight harm, which I try my greatest to maintain at bay.

What I can say, extremely actually devoid of wanting at it below a microscope, is that my skin is not on the lookout worse, and might in fact, be searching superior, coupled also with copious quantities of sunscreen, Vitamin C serums and trying to keep skin properly moisturised – it takes a village, people!

Do I like it?

Indeed I do. It feels great and mild, it feels ‘gentle’ and it does a very good adequate job. But if I preferred a thing a little ‘stronger’ (without having heading prescription), I’d go with Drunk Elephant or Paula’s Preference Medical 1%. Understandably, those people carry a increased share, and are envisioned to be extra productive.

A stumbling block nevertheless, is the cost tag, which like all Sunday Riley merchandise, are large (and even much more so for us listed here in Malaysia, with our weak forex). I’ll finish this, but I may well not repurchase, except I can get it at a great rate in the course of a sale.


The Sunday Riley A+ Superior Dose Retinoid Serum does have a fairly significant proportion of conversion of retinol on pores and skin of concerning .5-.6% and not the 6.5% they (and other individuals) have you think. It does come to feel gentle on skin, and does not dry my skin out nor induce it to really feel irritated and sensitized. Used often (every single other night), I do recognize visibly smoother skin. I do like the method and the impact on my skin. But the rate is also prosperous for my blood, so repurchasing this is only possible if I see it go on sale at a superior price tag.

Mild method
Skin is noticeably smoother
Does not irritate skin

A little misleading data on percentage

WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who is presently applying a retinol, Any person who wants a reasonably mild but higher percentage retinol product or service

Price tag: RM399 | US$85 | £70 for 30ml

The place TO Get: Sephora, Cult Beauty, SpaceNK, Ulta

For those interested, this is the elements listing for the Sunday Riley A+ Significant Dose Retinoid Serum:

 Water/Eau/Aqua, Propanediol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Triheptanoin, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Hexyldecanol, Disiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Diheptyl Succinate, Propylene Carbonate, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, PPG-24-Glycereth-24, Phenyl Trimethicone, Retinol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Honey Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Algae Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Extract, Opuntia Ficus-indica Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phospholipids, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, 4-t- Butylcyclohexanol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Helianthus Annuss (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Polysilicone-11, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Phytate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Polysorbate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Stearic Acid, Brassica Campestris Sterols, PVP, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Potassium Phosphate, Decyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol

Have you tried using this retinoid serum? What is your favourite retinol/retinoid serum?

For extended time period use, I may well go back to Paula’s Preference Scientific 1% retinol serum. That explained nevertheless, I am normally attempting new kinds, so it may well acquire me a even though to circle again, but I usually have a retinol/retinoid merchandise in my skincare program 🙂

Paris B

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