Let’s talk Retinol

I first heard about retinol (Vitamin A1) a few years ago but I was too young to try its ‘magic’ back then. I have never had major skin problems but last year I started to notice a few fine facial lines on my forehead. I am 28 so it is a bit too early for the heavy wrinkles but facial lines might ‘get you’ pretty early, even in the early twenties.

I had planned my retinol journey to start in April, right before my wedding in Thailand but I was told it is better to leave the cure for the fall. I received my products at the beginning of May but tucked them in my bathroom shelf for a while.

I heard a lot about MURAD Skincare – from a beautician whom I trust, from my bestie who suffered from acne, from my skincare-freak friend. I have also seen their 5-star reviews. Did you know their products are a NUMBER ONE retinol in the US?

You can’t imagine how thrilled I was for the opportunity to work with the brand. I promised myself I will diligently test the products, take notes and photos so my readers would get a really trustworthy review.

First things first – a few words about Resurgence Series I am using :

Murad has perfected the science of retinol with this breakthrough serum, powered by Retinol Tri-Active Technology: a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol and a retinol booster. This potent yet gentle formula helps quickly and visibly minimize lines and deep wrinkles, firm, even skin tone and boost radiance for more vibrant, youthful-looking skin.’

Which skin type is it good for?

  • Normal
  • Oily
  • Combination
  • Dry
  • Sensitive

The products I am reviewing today are:

  • Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
  • Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum


I have been using MURAD Resurgence TRIO since I was back from the Maldives, around 23rd of September, which makes it a solid Month. Today, on the 26th of October, I see a lot of improvement!

General Impression:

First two weeks were, the way I see it, horrible as I got a number of spots on my forehead and cheeks. I have never suffered from acne so I would not describe this week as the most comfortable week of my life. I was, however, warned a ‘little rash’ might happen a week after my skin’s first contact with retinol. So yes – it was nothing to worry about and the spots were gone in a week 3. Remember not to start retinol just before an important event such as a wedding, birthday parties or work events.

The third week left me speechless. My Retinol Renewal TRIO gave my skin the glow it has never had before! I am not wearing any foundation today and my skin still looks really good minus few red veins but it is a different story. Along with Resurgence series, I also use my S5 Anti-Redness serum on my cheeks as I still notice a few spider veins on them.

How do I use them?

I use Retinol Youth Renewal Serum as a day cream along with Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum. I cleanse my skin with my S5 cleanser and treat my skin with Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel before I put Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream and Eye Serum again. Sometimes I also use S5 Anti-Redness as a night cure on my cheeks.

A few words about Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum

I have never EVER had a better beauty product! Really. I had always had a massive problem with my under eye area. It was tricky to cover for the photo shootings. I travel a lot so it did not help either. I tried everything – from eye patches to mesotherapy but nothing was every as GREAT as this little serum. I could not be more pleased with the results which were visible within 3 days!

‘Dramatically improve all key signs of eye area aging with this breakthrough eye serum, powered by Retinol Tri-Active Technology. This potent formula helps minimize the look of wrinkles and crow’s feet, while infusing skin with a nutrient-rich marine kelp complex to help visibly lift, firm and brighten dark circles. See more revitalized, youthful-looking eyes starting in just 1 week.’

Around 10 days ago, another Resurgence product joined my TRIO. I was given the opportunity to test the newest Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel.

It is meant to work in 3 Phases:

  • Phase 1 resurfaces for smoother, brighter skin
  • Phase 2 nourishes for a more vibrant complexion
  • Solution for dullness, rough texture and uneven skin tone

I use it before I apply my Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, only in the evening, once a day. I saw an improvement after a week. My skin feels more… even and smoother. It makes a perfect addition to my TRIO!


In general, I recommend all of my 4 products to everyone who wants to start their journey with retinol without having to worry about the consequences. The products are worth their price, and I will keep using them for years to come!

*This article is a collaboration with MURAD SKIN UK but the opinions and notes are my own.

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