Overall rating: ☾☾☾☾☾
Newsflash: retinol products are not just for women fighting signs of aging.
I admit that I was one of many who believed that retinol products were just for women in their 40s fighting off fine lines and wrinkles. I mean, I’d only ever seen retinol products on my mom’s makeup counter. At 24, I thought I really didn’t need a retinol product in my life, but the Visionnaire Skin Solutions Retinol Concentrate from Lancome has proven me wrong.
Retinols work by increasing cell turnover. Essentially, this means that it causes your skin to shed old, dead skin cells and show off your smooth, new, beautiful cells.
The most obvious pro of the Visionnaire Skin Solutions Retinol Concentrate is its ability to reduce fine line and wrinkles. While this pro didn’t really apply to me, the product actually did work wonders for my skin in other ways.
Since retinols increase cell turnover, this product gave me smooth, glowing skin. It also helped unclog my pores and reduced my acne. The shedding of my old skin cells helped bring the gunk stuck in my pores up and out.
While there weren’t really any cons to this product in particular, there are a few cons to retinols in general.
First, retinols can be a little irritating if you use them too often, even if you don’t have sensitive skin. I recommend using this product for three days at a time and then taking a break for four days to let your skin breathe.
Second, retinols do make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to use SPF every day. (You should be using an SPF everyday anyways!)
Third, since retinols help unclog pores, you’re likely to experience a skin “purge”. A “purge” is essentially a breakout due to all of the gunk from deep in your skin finally coming up to the surface. This is the main con that I experienced. While it was a rough week when my skin “purged”, I just broke out the concealer and dealt with it. Now that’s it’s over, my skin is super clear!
TL;DR: Overall, I give the Visionnaire Skin Solutions Retinol Concentrate a 5/5. Even if you don’t need help reducing fine lines and wrinkles, this product is still great for making your skin smooth, helping it glow, and unclogging your pores. I didn’t experience any cons that were unusual for a retinol product.
Disclaimer: I did receive my Visionnaire Skin Solutions Retinol Concentrate from Lancome complimentary from Lancome and Influenster for testing purposes. However, all of the opinions on this product review are my own. This review is 100% honest. F*ck selling out.