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Last year, shopping writer Tessa Flores told us about a seemingly magical retinol serum she’d just started using. Suffering from both sensitive skin and keratosis pilaris, Flores struggled to find a higher strength retinol serum that would address her dermatological concerns without damaging her skin. (Although retinol is highly effective, it’s also known for its sometimes unsightly side effects.)
The product she found was Sunday Riley’s A+ Retinoid Serum, an expensive but potent serum that contains a potent but harder-to-find 6.5 percent retinoid blend. While Flores assured us that “the price point [was] “A justified decision,” with a starting price of $85 for a 1-ounce bottle, it’s not a purchasing decision to be taken lightly.
As such, we’re pleased to announce that this editorial-recommended serum is currently available for 25% discount (with discount code BOTTOM UP) as part of Dermstore’s anniversary sale.
Flores explained that the product’s retinol blend contains a retinoid ester, encapsulated retinol and blue-green algae-derived retinol alternatives, which are said to provide the effects of retinols without irritating the skin. The serum also contains the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 and skin-soothing ingredients such as Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract and ginger.
“After using this product regularly for two months,” Flores wrote, “I notice a significant reduction in my keratosis pilaris as the texture is smoother, less red and less clogged hair follicles.” I’ve also noticed that my T-zone less congestion, fewer freckles, and overall plumping—all without the tell-tale signs of retinol-induced irritation.”
With a 4.56-star rating on Dermstore, the serum seems to have a devoted following beyond the HuffPost branch. Below you can read more reviews of the Sunday Riley product loved by customers, or buy it for yourself while it’s still on sale.
“I’ve been using Sunday Riley High Strength Retinal for a number of years. My complexion is fairly flawless for a 71 year old woman. I will continue to use my Sunday Riley products. I’ve been using Sunday Riley High Strength Retinal for a number of years. My complexion is fairly flawless for a 71 year old woman. I will continue to use my Sunday Riley products.” — marlene
“This high retinol serum is great for your skin. I’m 60 and my face is closer to 40. I have sun damage and age spots, but this and other products have really turned back time. Love it!!!” – Teri
“This stuff has worked wonders for acne prone skin! I felt some blemishes forming under my skin last night, applied it, woke up and they’re gone! This stuff has worked wonders for acne prone skin! I felt some blemishes forming under my skin last night, applied it, woke up and they were gone!” — Michelle
“Hands down the best. My skin is sensitive and this retinol has never bothered it.” — Taylor