What is it? A Vitamin A serum for the face, and a separate one for the eye.
What does/should it do? Boost cell turnover to help with ‘the signs of aging’, however you define that.
Repurchase? Yes, I love it.
When I received a sample of Murad’s Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, I was blown away. The retinol had the fastest results I’ve seen from a Vitamin A serum. The cream formulation was hydrating without being overly rich for my skin. More importantly, although clearly the Vitamin A was doing its thing, I had no reaction to it at all. I knew that when Tax Return time came, I would be treating myself to a full size.
Plot twist! Instead of buying the cream, I went for the face and eye serums. I’d seen feedback that the serum had more impact, which makes sense – a cream would buffer the formula more than a straight-up serum – and why not get some extra bang for my investment buck?
I’m prone to milia, those annoying white bumps that develop on your face that aren’t pimples and seem to come and go of their own accord. The best thing for milia is good exfoliation, but most of my milia is in my orbital socket: under my eyes and on my eyelids. I opted for the retinol eye serum to target exfoliation on those milia.
This is the first retinol I’ve used that has caused a visible reaction on my face: breakouts, dry areas, flaking. I’ve had to adjust my evening routine to a day on/day off retinol cycle, massively boosting hydration to my skin on the ‘off’ days. Which is perfectly normal while your skin adjusts to a Vitamin A. Aside from that small, expected reaction annoyance, I’m incredibly impressed with these serums. The milia are gradually clearing and the texture of my skin is super smooth: the annoying bumps and blackheads I’ve had around the end of my nose since I started puberty have vanished.
The Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Serum (the face one) contain three different retinols: a fast-acter, a time-released one, and a ‘retinol booster’ to increase the efficacy of the ingredients. The serum also has ceramides to help boost hydration by increasing your skin’s capacity for water-retention. It’s rounded out with Hyaluronic Acid, again to boost hydration. Combined with the humectants in the serum (the ingredients that form a barrier on your skin to keep the moisture in), this is what helps minimise the reaction to retinol that can sensitise your skin and cause you to (temporarily) break out while you acclimatise.
The Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum has the same triple-retinol action, but I suspect at lower percentages than the face serum simply because it’s formulated for the eye area. The eye serum also targets other eye-specific concerns, which you would expect. The usual hydrators and humectants, but with additional antioxidants to help brighten the orbital socket. As we’ve discussed, that doesn’t help me at all, but I don’t mind extra antioxidants and of course, that might be just the thing your face needs. I also take the eye serum around my lips, especially the area between my nose and upper lip, because it’s more gentle than the face serum.
This is not the one for you if you’re genuinely new to the retinol world (I’ve reviewed gentler ones here), but the cream version would be a good starting place too. I really like these serums, though, and unless I stop seeing results towards the end of the bottles, as my skin gets used to it, I will probably repurchase.