Retinol Age-Defying Treatment Moisturizer

A daily resurfacing moisturizer with retinol that improves uneven tone and texture


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  • Product Details
  • What the science says
  • How to use it
  • Featured ingredients
  • What you should know

    This resurfacing moisturizer is powered by a blend of retinol, azelaic acid, vitamin C, and 10% glycolic acid. Vitamin C brightens skin and protects against environmental damage, while glycolic acid helps to gently exfoliate and stimulate cell turnover, to further improve the retinol’s efficacy. The formula evens out skin tone and texture, reduces large pores, and improves the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. While powerful, it’s designed to be gentle enough for daily—and daytime—use.

    Treats these skin concerns:
    • environmental stressors
    • fine lines and wrinkles
    • hyperpigmentation
    • sun damage
    • melasma
    Ideal for these skin types:
    • normal
    • dry
    • oily
    • combination
    • sensitive
    • acne-prone
    • mature
    Formulation notes:

    cruelty-free, hydroquinone-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free

    Suitable for these skin tones:
    Fair Type I
    Light Type II
    Medium Type III
    Tan Type IV
    Brown Type V
    Deep Type VI

    Learn more about how we use the Fitzpatrick scale

    • In order to increase results without irritation, VI Derm Beauty infuses its retinol with THD ascorbate, a retinol-enhancing form of vitamin C that penetrates the skin down to the dermis.
    • A.M./P.M.

    Massage one to two pumps of moisturizer onto a cleansed face and neck. Use daily, both morning and night.

    • RealSelf tips:

    • Retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, such as the VI Derm Beauty SPF 50 Daily UV Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, to keep it protected from UVA and UVB rays.

    • Moisturizers work best when applied to clean skin. To increase product absorption, cleanse the skin with VI Derm Beauty Gentle Purifying Cleanser before application, to remove dead skin cells and other impurities. It can also be applied directly after a serum, such as the VI Derm Beauty Vitamin C Brightening Concentrate.

    • This moisturizer can be used to enhance the look of injectable filler or neurotoxin treatments by providing further smoothing and plumping benefits. Apply 48 hours after treatment and daily thereafter.

    • Apply 48 to 72 hours after microneedling, to maintain skin smoothness and brightness.

    • To improve laser-light absorption and treatment results, use this moisturizer to pretreat the skin and reduce epidermal thickness, for two to three weeks beforehand.

  • Full ingredients list:

    Water, Glycolic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-6, Azelaic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitan Olivate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sclerotium Gum