Beauty product of the week: Endota Spa Age Defying Retinol Serum
This is hands down my favourite anti-ageing product.
Why we love this product
Many products slap an anti-ageing claim on the bottle but not all anti-ageing products are the same. There are two very distinct types.
The first type are products that prevent or slow future ageing. These products include things like Vitamin C serums and hyaluronic acid serums – anything packed with a bunch of anti-oxidants to slow skin damage or products that hydrate and keep your skin plump. The second type of anti-ageing products are those that actually reverse damage and signs of ageing. There aren't many of these that actually work, although many claim to. According to my doctor, there is actually only one type of product clinically shown to reverse damage to your skin and that is retinoid products – and I've just found a retinoid-based product worth raving about.
Although it won't be hitting the counters until January 2018, we at finder had the privilege of trying Endota Spa's new range called "New Age", a selection of key anti-ageing serums. I was blown away by the Age Defying Retinol Serum. It's the most effective age reversal product I've ever used.
Rather than a retinoid, this Endota Spa serum is a retinol product. My doctor explained the difference is that retinols have a lower dose of the key compound retinoic acid than retinoids. The lower dose is often a better option. Retinoic acid can burn your skin, most retinoids and some retinols require your skin to be preconditioned before you can actually use them safely. Endota Spa's product, on the other hand, is gentle so it requires no preconditioning. I was able to use it without toughening my skin with a lower dose of retinol first.
I started seeing visible results after about a week. I have a frown line between my brows which can get rather deep in summer from squinting in the bright sunlight. This serum improved the appearance of this line to the point that it was only visible if I examined my skin very closely. I really wasn't expecting a result that impressive from a gentle retinol.
The one thing to be wary of when using this serum is that retinols can be deactivated by sun exposure and they can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so you should wear an SPF 50+ every day if you're using this product. This isn't an issue for me because I used an SPF 50+ every day anyway.
There are four serums in the New Age Serum range, the retinol serum and also the Super C Firming Serum, the Potent Brightening Serum and the Peptide 8 Hyaluronic Serum.
This serum will retail for $140 for the 30mL bottle. It's rather pricey but it's still cheaper than Botox.