SkinMedica Retinol Complex Review

Review of: SkinMedica Retinol Complex

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Comprehensive review of SkinMedica Retinol Complex. See how this retinol cream compares against other wrinkle creams!

SkinMedica Retinol ComplexProduct Name:  SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5

Overall Rating:  5/5 Rating

Product Type:  Cream

Size:  1 oz

Price:  $75.00

Cost Per Ounce:  $75.00

Where To Buy:  Click Here

# Of Ingredients:  34

Interesting Ingredients:  Retinol, Oryza Sativa Bran Cera, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Dunaliella Salina Extract

Overall Opinion:

SkinMedica Retinol Complex is one of our favorite retinol creams currently available.

We used the 0.5% concentration which worked well and didn’t produce any irritation or redness that some retinol products can.

There aren’t many downsides with this one although it was a little bit sticky after it dried and the smell may not appeal to some people.

But overall, this is a very good wrinkle cream that can do a good job on fine lines, rough skin and discoloration.

Detailed Opinion:


SkinMedica Retinol Complex comes out of the tube as a yellow-colored lotion– which is an unusual color for a retinol cream!

It feels slick and pretty lightweight.


The application of this one was very straightforward and simple.

It spreads on evenly and doesn’t require too much effort :)

Drying Time

The drying time on SkinMedica Retinol Complex is about average when compared to other retinol cream.

After about 5-7 minutes it felt completely dry.

It was a little bit sticky after it dried but nothing too annoying.


This product has a very light, fresh smell to it.

It also smells a bit floral to us– but again, it’s very light and not super noticeable after 10-20 minutes.

Short Term Results

The short term results we got from this one were very good.

Our skin felt smooth and refreshed the following morning.

Longer Term Results

Over time, we were happy with the results this retinol cream gave us.

Like with most good retinol products, our fine lines were diminished and our skin felt smoother.

It also evened out the coloring a bit.

Ingredients Analysis

SkinMedica Retinol Complex comes in a 0.5% concentration of retinol and a full 1%.

We liked using the 0.5% as we didn’t experience any irritation or dryness.

This product contains a skin conditioning agent (oryza sativa bran cera) that may help dampen any irritation that retinol can sometimes produce.

Lastly, we noticed a microalgae on the label that acts as a free radical scavenger– something that’s very good for the skin.


SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 costs $75.00 for a one-ounce tube.

Obviously, that’s very expensive, but at least in this case you’re getting a pretty effective product!


SkinMedica offers a 30 day return period, which is good.

You do have to jump through some hoops including calling them, getting an RMA and sending back the original order slip.

But at least they offer a guarantee.

Where To Buy

To buy SkinMedica Retinol Complex,  click here.


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