By Sheila Arkee
What do you get when you cross beauty, brains, science, and a passion for skin? Nicki Zevola, one of my blogging inspirations and the lovely lady behind behind FutureDerm.
Seriously, if you are a medical school student, have time to publish a well-written and informational beauty blog, AND start a business, you are completely amazing, as is FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5, a first of it’s kind retinol product developed by Nicki.
A lightweight gel, FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 comes in 1 oz container that has a nifty pump. Just a small pea-sized amount is needed to cover your skin. Apply in the evening, avoiding the eye area. If you have never used a retinol before, start off slowly and use two times per week, increasing frequency over time.
Unlike Retin-A, you don’t have to wait 20 minutes after cleansing your skin and can apply this right away. The gel absorbs immediately, and you can apply other moisturizers on top.
This retinol is microencapsulated and time-released, meaning the retinol reaches your skin over a period of 8 hours for maximum efficacy.
More details from Nicki: “Our formula is designed to optimize the retinol activation process within the skin. Retinol must be converted to isotretinoin by enzymes called retinyl ester hydrolases in order to become active within the skin. Our formulation is designed to increase the efficiency of this process with an optimized delivery system and conditions.”
My skin care routine has been all over the place but hasn’t included a retinol for a few months. After using FutureDerm’s Time-Release Retinol for over four weeks, I’ve found that my skin looks brighter, feels smoother, and I wake up with a glow. Having used Retin-A and Retin-A Micro in the past, I can tell you that this definitely is most similar to Retin-A Micro. You will not experience any flaking or irritation, which is a very good thing.
Best of all, this does not require a prescription and is available on the FutureDerm website. I asked Nicki what makes her product different than over-the-counter retinols: “0.5% retinol is like 0.025% prescription tretinoin, as studies have found the over-the-counter to be about 20 times less potent.”
Definitely a winning product in my book !
Nicki has several more products up her sleeve and I’m looking forward to what’s up next! FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 does not require a prescription and is available for $54.95 on the FutureDerm website. Do not use if undergoing a skin peeling regimen or if you are pregnant or nursing. Also, remember to use this with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
*Product provided for consideration. Opinions are my own.