Skin Health Magazine Issue #9 / Autumn-Winter 2018 | Page 36

PRODUCT REVIEW Sesderma Reti Age Anti-Aging Serum By Danielle Hadley D espite the fact that I talk and write about skin care all day, every day, I am ashamed to admit that I’m a little late to the Retinol party. Even though I wax lyrical to anyone who’ll listen about the incred- ible skin benefits of this ingredient and urge everyone I know to use a product that contains it in their routine, it’s taken me until now to finally add one to my nightly roster. My Retinol of choice? The Sesderma Reti Age Anti-Aging Serum, which contains not one but three types of Vitamin A, plunging me straight in at the deep end. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve used skin care that contains Retinol for years, but I’ve always shied away from products where the ingredient is the main attraction. Like most people, the thought of a ‘healing crisis’ during the first few weeks of use – where skin becomes dry, flaky and highly sensitive – put me off, but I’m happy to report that I’ve experienced no such period since introducing this Sesderma serum to my night time routine some months ago. more frequently. I now use it around four nights a week and have been really impressed with the improvement in my skin. It’s making headway with stubborn marks left behind by angry blem- ishes, it’s definitely plumped my skin – it feels bouncier! – and it’s really smoothed out areas where uneven texture is noticeable, particularly on my chin. I think the inclusion of soothing extracts and Hyaluronic Acid is what makes this serum so easy and risk-free to use, even for Retinol begin- ners like me. Even though the serum contains three derivatives of Vitamin A, my skin has never felt dry or irritated and it has never looked red or blotchy, seemingly breaking all Retinol rules. If you’re looking to dip a toe in the Retinol pond this winter, this serum is an excellent place to start your journey. The milky-verging-on-lotion texture of this serum feels smooth and strangely hydrating on application, sinking in within minutes to leave a slight tackiness to my skin. My face doesn’t tingle afterwards and I don’t find that I need to layer a moisturiser or an additional serum on top to combat any dryness either, but if you have dry or sensitive skin, you might find it beneficial to follow up with something hydrat- ing. For starters, as with any Retinol product, I only applied it twice a week with plenty of breathing space in-between, but I didn’t really notice any changes until I started applying it ISSUE #09 | 2018 | 36