Today’s post is sponsored by FutureDerm.
If you’re not familiar with FutureDerm.com you should be. It’s another website that embraces a science-based approached to beauty (much like The Beauty Brains.) Nicki Zevola, the owner of the site, is an aspiring dermatologist who has formulated her own line of products. She recently asked to us to write a review of her FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 Gel Treatment.
What does it claim?
- Contains 0.5% concentrated retinol
- Fast absorbing (absorbs in a second compared to most retinoid creams which are thick and take up to 30 minutes)
- Sustained release technology keeps working for up to 8 hours.
- Perfect for use with your favorite moisturizers because you don’t have to wait before applying.
- Designed to optimize skin’s natural retinol activation process. (Retinol must be converted to isotretinoin by enzymes called retinyl ester hydrolyses.)
What is the technology?
Those of you familiar with retinol products might be surprised to see this one touting a use level of 0.5% when there are other products on the market that claim to contain 1% or even 2%. This is a case where more is not necessarily better because the same properties that make retinol good at “resurfacing” your skin also make it potentially irritating. FutureDerm has solved this problem by using a lower level of a micro-encapsulated retinol. Micro-encapsulation means a smaller amount of retinol is released slowly over time rather than blasting your skin with a high dose all at once. That means you get all of the benefits but less of the irritating side effects. While I’m not privy to the exact formula that Nicki uses, after looking at the ingredients I’m guessing the encapsulation technology involves one of the cross-polymers in the formula.
How well does it work?
First let me say how much I love the packaging for this product. The pump dispenses the perfect “pea-sized” amount that helps prevent you from over or under-dosing. The pump also has the additional benefit of protecting the product from exposure to air.
I was nervous at first because I’d never used a retinoid cream before and I’d heard nightmare stories of women burning their faces with similar products. While the product is quick absorbing as promised it did leave a light, but noticeable, greasy coating on my face. That’s a small price to pay, however, because the effects are real and surprisingly fast. After only a few days my skin was noticeably smoother. I was pleased to find that FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol did not aggravate my slight case of rosacea (although I know retinol products are not meant to be used on skin with rosacea.) More impressive, it completely removed dry flaky skin around my eyes, nose, and forehead. My only issue was the slight irritation I encountered when I increased the frequency of use too soon. The directions tell you to start off using it only two times per week and to slowly increase your usage to every day. That’s something you should pay attention to! After a full month of using this product my skin is definitely in better shape.
The Beauty Brains bottom line
FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 Gel Treatment is an effective product that’s backed by real science. At $54.95 it is not cheap, but it is cheaper than other concentrated retinol formulas out there, like philosophy Help Me Retinol or Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5 at $60 and up. If you’re in the market for a retinol cream I suggest you give this one a try.
FutureDerm Time Release Retinol 0.5 Ingredients
0.5% Retinol, Aqua, Glycerin (hydrator), Alcohol (thins the solution), Octyldodecanol (emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (thins the solution), cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone (emulsifier), Allyl Metacrylates Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Salix Alba Bark Extract (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (anti-inflammatory), BHT (antioxidant), Tocopherol (antioxidant), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (thickening agent), Triethanolamine (pH adjuster), Propylene Glycol (thins the solution), Diazolidinyl Urea (antimicrobial preservative), Propylparaben (antimicrobial preservative), Methylparaben (antimicrobial preservative).
We were compensated for writing this post but all the opinions provided are our own. You should always do your own research before buying any of the products we blog about.
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