beginner retinol gel 0.1%

youthful skin treatment


Our Beginner Retinol Gel is clinically-tested for sensitive skin and made with our Tri-Retinoid Comfort Complex™ to improve the appearance of fine lines and uneven texture with no irritation. Retinol, one of the most well-researched ingredients for aging and blemish-prone skin, helps support skin’s collagen and promotes surface cell turnover for a youthful glow. Our retinol complex is further buffered with a soothing blend of aloe and cica to prevent excessive dryness.

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Start your PM routine with retinol to restore a youthful glow. Follow with Ceramide Serum and Resurrection Cream to lock in hydration and transform dry, textured skin.

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0.1% Tri-Retinoid Comfort Complex ™ - delivers three types of retinoids (0.05% retinol, 0.025% time-released retinal, 0.025% granactive retinoid) at different speeds to protect your skin from irritation

aloe -  provides light hydration to prevent excessive dryness and helps soothe skin 

cica -  also known as centella asiatica, this is an ultra-soothing herb that's known to calm redness and irritation 

squalane - helps support the skin barrier while preventing moisture loss

  • Helps skin appear smoother and feel firmer
  • Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Improves the look of uneven texture 
  • Reduces the appearance of breakouts
  • Promotes a youthful glow

WHEN: Introduce this into your PM routine every other night to start. As tolerated by skin, build up to nightly usage. 


Toner (optional)
Beginner Retinol Gel 

HOW MUCH: apply a pea size amount of retinol to dry skin


WHERE: Face and neck. 


WITH WHAT: After using Beginner Retinol Gel, we love to apply Ceramide Barrier Serum and Resurrection Polypeptide Cream to further boost hydration and skin-firming benefits. During the daytime, always wear SPF. 


WHAT TO AVOID: Avoid using a leave-on exfoliant in the same nighttime routine when using retinol. 

retinol at 0.05%, retinaldehyde (encapsulated retinal) at 0.025%, hydroxypinacolone retinoate (granactive retinoid) at 0.025%

centella asiatica extract (cica), aloe barbadensis leaf extract, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, tamarindus indica seed polysaccharide, fructooligosaccharides, beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, propanediol, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol

hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, tocopherol, cellulose, etrasodium glutamate diacetate

water, pentylene glycol, dimethyl isosorbide

squalane, caprylic/capric triglyceride, coco-caprylate/caprate

allantoin, glycine soja (soybean) oil, ethylhexylglycerin, potassium lactate, lactic acid

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75 uses / tube | 1 use = 1/12 teaspoon / 0.4 ml

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Frequently asked questions

Retinol is beloved for its wide range of benefits. First, it effectively stimulates collagen production, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin texture. Second, retinol's acne-fighting capabilities help unclog pores and prevent breakouts, making it versatile for those concerned with acne and/or signs of aging.

Retinol helps boost collagen production and skin cell turnover, a natural renewal process that happens in your skin, which makes your skin look smoother and younger.

It’s totally up to you! If you are concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, uneven texture, and/or breakouts, it’s a good time to add retinol to your routine. Retinol, like SPF, has major preventative benefits as well. Early use of retinol can actually help prevent new fine lines and regularly decongest pores.

There are different strengths of retinol based on the percentage of retinol in the formula. 

These lower concentrations are suitable for beginners or those with sensitive skin as they are less likely to cause irritation.

These concentrations are considered moderate and are often used by individuals with some retinol experience. 

These are considered high-strength retinol products and are typically recommended for those with more advanced signs of aging or specific skin concerns. However, they can be more likely to cause irritation so you might expect increased side effects like dryness, flakiness, and redness. At this level, you can also consider meeting with your dermatologist to see if prescription tretinoin is right for you.

We chose to formulate our Beginner Retinol at 0.1% and clinically tested this for sensitive skin. We suggest you start using Beginner Retinol Gel every other night and work up to nightly use when you feel comfortable. If this percentage works well for your skin and you are happy with the results, you can stay here forever!

You're playing the long game (think 4-6 months) with retinol and making it a part of your consistent routine will give you the best results while preventing future fine lines and premature aging from forming. In the short term, you can expect benefits like smoother skin, reduced texture, and a more youthful glow even after the first few weeks.

We formulated our Beginner Retinol Gel to be easy to use. These tips will help you get started:

  • Apply at night, after cleansing and toning, and before any serums or moisturizer. 
  • Pair with hydrating and moisturizing products like Ceramide Barrier Serum and Resurrection Polypeptide Cream
  • Wear SPF during the day to protect your skin and the benefits of retinol

The only hard and fast rule with Beginner Retinol Gel is to not overdo it with exfoliants. This doesn’t mean you have to stop using them - just move exfoliants to your morning routine.

Ceramide Barrier Serum and Resurrection Polypeptide Cream are excellent products to pair with our Beginner Retinol Gel in your nighttime routine, offering enhanced firming benefits from the cream's polypeptide technology and providing hydration and barrier support through the ceramide serum. Follow up with Daily SPF during the day.


Our Beginner Retinol Gel has been clinically tested for sensitive skin, with 89% of testers in our study finding it suitable for their sensitive skin. We understand that not all retinol products are safe for sensitive skin, and retinol is a potent ingredient. However, we intentionally formulated our beginner retinol gel to address this concern. Our tri-retinoid comfort complex(™) is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and uneven texture without causing irritation, making it an excellent choice for both beginners and those with sensitive skin. Additionally, to ensure your skin stays comfortable, we've added a soothing blend of aloe and cica to prevent dryness and flaking.

Beginner Retinol Gel is clinically-tested for sensitive skin and was made without fragrance, essential oils, and known/common allergens. We recommend consulting a doctor for specific recommendations. If you do use a retinol and have eczema, we would highly encourage using barrier supporting products and ingredients after to soothe skin (think ceramides, moisturizers, etc.).