Note: This product is only available in Japan (Take a peek at it over at Watashi+, Shiseido’s official online retailer), although there are several online stores like USA Cosmetics, BeautyKat, and Ochanoko-net where you can get it.
Shiseido’s Retino Vital Essence (JPY 7,140), now nightly pick-me-up from their the Elixir Superieur range (a part of the rich Elixir family: Elixir Superieur, Elixir Whitening, Elixir Prior), belongs to one of the earliest products of the line originally designed to firm, tone, and boost radiance in the aging skin. Back in 2008, the beauty megacorp has made quite an overhaul to the range by bringing the CE (collagen and elastin extracts)-concentrated formula to the front table for consumers of all ages to enjoy a glowing, radiant skin, placing the Retino Vital line-up under special products for the special care category.
Yet what I like about anti-aging products, which usually contains acne-fighting, line-reducing retinol, is that they’re usually just as beneficial for women in their 20s as they are for those in their 30s and 40s.
It’s why this essence immediately caught my eye on the shelf.
Altogether an ultra-moisturizing facelift, the three initial products within the Elixir Superieur range, namely this essence, the Retino Vital Cream, and the Retino Vital Eye Masks, work to build firmness and wrinkle resilience for all skin types, thanks to its star ingredient retinol.
Just two or three squirts from the 80ml pump is more than enough to wake the dull and drained cells as I massage the dollop throughout my face. With much stress in the last couple of months, my oily/combination skin has gotten quite dry, thus the homemade shine mask I came up with to revive the glow. What I like most about this hydrating essence, which I always use right after I cleansed and wiped off my makeup for the day, is its versatility.
As the emulsion moisturizes without giving off a blotchy look, on rare occasions I use it as a sheer primer under my foundation by day. But every night, after tightening those pores from my diluted apple cider vinegar, the silky film acts like a serum that blends well underneath all sorts of night creams I use without adding excess weight. Even on nights I use it as a standalone treatment (without additional night creams), I wake up with a plumper, dewier, and much clearer complexion in the morning. It’s amazing how delicate my skin becomes in most mornings, which is usually the worst time to bare my skin.
Now I know what is it that makes all the hype about retinol-containing products: It works.
Touted as the ultimate anti-aging ingredient, retinol is a mild vitamin A-derivative that has been shown to be effective for a wide range of skin concerns, particularly at clearing out blemishes, melting clogged pores, and removing dead skin cells. I’m happy that past acne scars and other inflamed patches are a lot more even-toned, with some completely gone. The natural exfoliant, now formulated across a vast array of cosmetic products, is highly effective to encouraging cell turnover and stimulating collagen production, altogether reducing the appearance of lines and other signs of aging.
Despite its potency, it doesn’t mean that you should be applying slabs of retinol on your face the whole day. In fact, dermatologists always advise using retinol-containing products, both the oral and topical kinds, sparingly. This is because excessive retinol conditions your skin to become more sensitive to UV rays from sunlight, as well as with other harmful substances in the environment. In worst cases, the active ingredient can also cause major skin irritation, particularly on sensitive skins, like turning lobster-red and becoming really dry and flaky.
I won’t say I’m buying this product again for sure, because there are so many different nightmare treatments that feature retinol as their main ingredient. There are a couple of noted ones that are available in Indonesia as well.
But the next time I visit Japan, I know I’ll be heading for this product first thing :)
If you’ve tried the Retino Vital Essence before, let me know if it’s worked for you. If you haven’t, are you interested?
via Cosmetic Girls