Retinol Complex 0.5


A medium strength retinol based product, suitable for first time users.

Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Texture & Tone

Retinol Complex 0.5

Retinol helps combat the signs of premature aging by boosting collagen production, while magnolia bark extract soothes inflammation.

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Product Information

Skin Types
Suitable for all skin types.
Ingredient Highlights
Retinol: Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Magnolia Bark Extract: Reduces redness and soothes inflammation.

PhytoShield Complex: Renews skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Why we chose this...

SkinMedica's Retinol Complex 0.50 is designed to help renew skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines for those who can tolerate a higher retinol dosage. It’s encapsulated with PhytoShield™, an antioxidant complex that enhances skin texture and minimizes irritation.

How to Use

WhenIn the evening.
WhereApply across entire face, avoiding the eye area,
HowApply after cleansing, before other serums or moisturizer.
Good to knowIf a first time retinol user or graduating to a higher strength, start using only 2x a week 2-3 days apart. Gradually increase after the first week to every other night, then advance to each evening as tolerated. For a gentler entry into retinol, consider 0.25.
About SkinMedica
SkinMedica was founded by pioneers in the science of skin rejuvenation. Their products are research backed and clinically studied. The SkinMedica products offered at Modern Age feature groundbreaking science that work to slow the aging process and help skin heal.
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Common Questions

If I am a first time retinol user, what should I expect?
If you are a first time retinol user, begin using this product twice a week 2-3 days apart, then gradually increase to every other night and finally to every night once tolerated. Mild redness and irritation are expected when you first start using this product.
Should I use SkinMedica's Retinol Complex 0.25 or SkinMedica's Retinol Complex 0.50?
Retinol comes in multiple strengths because every persons skin tolerates retinol differently. In general, we recommend non-prescription retinol if you have fewer signs of aging vs. prescription retinol, which is higher strength. If you are a first time retinol user with minimal signs of aging, we recommend you start with 0.25. If you notice lines and wrinkles when your face is at rest, 0.50 might be a better fit. We suggest you ask your Modern Age clinician which would be best for your aging needs.
What is the difference between SkinMedica's Retinol Complexes & a prescription strength retinol? How do I know which is right for me?
Over-the-counter retinol (like SkinMedica's formulas) and prescription retinol are both part of the “retinoid” family, but they’re not identical.

Generally, over-the-counter retinol includes a variety of benefit driven ingredients whereas prescription retinol features a concentrated retinol only.

They both increase cell turnover to help with skin texture and elasticity. Prescription typically works faster, but can cause more side effects (like dry skin and irritation).

Modern Age suggests over-the-counter retinol if you are not visibly showing signs of aging when your face is relaxed, and if you’re just starting to think through your aging journey. We recommend prescription retinol for people looking to treat more visible wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration.
Should I wear SPF when using retinol?
Yes, it is essential to use sun protection with SPF 30 or higher daily while using retinol and to limit sun exposure as much as possible. Retinol based products make skin more sun sensitive.
Can I use this product while pregnant or breastfeeding?
No, in general, retinol products should not be used if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.