Retinoids 101

Retinoids: Your Skin's New BFF

What are retinoids? The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin. Hence, Retinoids became the key ingredient in doctor-recommended anti-aging skin treatments!

Replenish

Replenish CX

RR Complex

Benefits

Replenish is our "Level 1" mild strength retinoid for sensitive skin and for mild daily exfoliation, improving fine lines & wrinkles, reducing acne, and brightening your complexion. Replenish keeps your skin looking vibrant and young by targeting the most common signs of aging, while promoting collagen production.

Benefits

Replenish CX is our "Level 2" moderate strength retinoid for more extensive daily exfoliation, improving fine lines & wrinkles, reducing acne, and brightening your complexion. Replenish CX keeps your skin looking vibrant and young by targeting the most common signs of aging, while promoting collagen production.

Benefits

RR Complex is our "Level 3" power boost strength retinoid for deep daily exfoliation, improving fine lines & wrinkles, reducing acne, and brightening your complexion. RR Complex keeps your skin looking vibrant and young by targeting the most common signs of aging, while promoting collagen production.

  • Improves skin firmness, elasticity, texture, and skin tone
  • Improves skin complexion and appearance of acne
  • Brightens skin pigmentation and evens skin tone
  • Improves skin firmness, elasticity, texture, and skin tone
  • Improves skin complexion and appearance of acne
  • Brightens skin pigmentation and evens skin tone
  • Improves skin firmness, elasticity, texture, and skin tone
  • Improves skin complexion and appearance of acne
  • Brightens skin pigmentation and evens skin tone

Best used as part of the Anti-Aging Kit and Clarifying Kit

Best used as part of the Anti-Aging Kit and Clarifying Kit

Best used as part of the Anti-Aging Kit and Clarifying Kit, or purchased as part of the Revitalization Kit

How To Use

Use once daily at night. For the face, apply an even layer onto the entire face and neck area and gently massage into skin. For the body, mix one pump of Replenish cream with a liberal amount of Luminase and apply to affected area.

How To Use

Use once daily at night. For the face, apply an even layer onto the entire face and neck area and gently massage into skin. For the body, mix one pump of Replenish CX cream with a liberal amount of Luminase and apply to affected area.

How To Use

Use twice weekly. For the face, apply an even layer onto the entire face and neck area and gently massage into skin. For the body, mix one pump of RR Complex with a liberal amount of Luminase and apply to affected area.

Active Ingredients

Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, and Retinyl Acetate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Horse Chestnut Leaf Extract

Related Items

Anti-Aging Kit, Clarifying Kit, Body Brightening Kit, Luminase, Replenish CX, RR Complex

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Active Ingredients

Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, and Retinyl Acetate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Horse Chestnut Leaf Extract

Related Items

Anti-Aging Kit, Clarifying Kit, Body Brightening Kit, Luminase, Replenish, RR Complex

Purchase

Active Ingredients

Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, and Retinyl Acetate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Horse Chestnut Leaf Extract

Related Items

Anti-Aging Kit, Clarifying Kit, Body Brightening Kit, Luminase, Replenish, Replenish CX

Purchase

 

When will I see results?

You may begin to notice a brighter complexion within just a few days. Give them at least six weeks to start smoothing out fine lines. In many cases, results plateau in six months to a year, after which you might consider moving on to something more intense, such Kare's Level 2 or 3 Retinoid or a prescription product.

If your skin feels comfortable before the six-month mark and you would like more dramatic results, you may consider progressing sooner

Retinoid Tips

Intensity too great? Reduce use to once every three days. Mild burning can be expected, however if it's too much for you, wash the retinoid off after 15 minutes. This will increase your comfort while only slightly lessening the benefits.

To increase intensity, you may consider adding a retinoid serum under your cream or purchase a prescription product.

We recommend Elevase Moisture Booster to hydrate and moisturize your skin while using retinoid creams. Elevase contains opti-ceramides that strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier function.