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Kate Somerville RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream

What it is:A rich two-in-one night cream designed to gently infuse the skin with pure Retinol to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles, and even out skin texture and tone. What it is formulated to do:The RetAsphere Smart Release™ Carrier System protects pure Retinol in a lipid shell that melts evenly into the skin, helping prevent irritation and dryness. By penetrating deep into the epidermis, this patented, time-release technology helps diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and leaves the skin looking and feeling smoother and firmer. Seaweed Extract, with bio-derived Hyaluronic Acid, locks in moisture for sustained hydration, keeping the complexion healthy. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates - Phthalates Research results:In an independent clinical instrumental study: In two weeks: - 70% of women experienced a statistically significant smoothing of wrinkles In four weeks: - 96% of women showed a significant increase in elasticity and firmness - 90% of women showed an increase in moisture
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Questions & Answers for Kate Somerville RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream

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How does this compare to Philosophy Help Me?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
estee
(Far Rockaway, NY)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
3 answers
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answer 1
Both are creamy in texture and gentle in application and wear, however Philosophy's Help Me is only a retinol. Whereas RetAsphere is a retinol AND a night cream. I would recommend that one apply a moisturizer after applying the Help Me treatment but an additional moisturizer is not necessary following the application of RetAsphere
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
blessedallure
(Mesa, AZ)
answer 2
I have had better luck with this product than Philosophy Help Me.
They do have a sample size available and that is how I came to use it.
Maybe you can try it that way.
answered 2 years ago
osmr
(Ohio)
answer 3
I like this rentionl night cream more than Philosphy's Help Me it is less harsh and adds mor emoisture to the skin.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
collegegal
(Lisbon, ND)
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safe for moms?
Is this safe for breastfeeding Moms...my baby is a year and a half.
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
sweet
(Issaquah, WA)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
3 answers
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answer 1
Although retinol is not retin A (retinoic acid)- Not even at all close in potency or efficacy, it is not recommended to use any type of retinol in pregnancy or breastfeeding.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
zheesh
(Berkeley, CA)
answer 2
I would be cautious and skip this product. While I understand this product was made for more mature women, I had an adverse reaction after sampling a thin layer on my face. I would not risk this on a baby.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
thewanderlust
(Los Angeles, California)
answer 3
Of course it is. I just wouldn't rub your baby's skin against your face bc retinol is too harsh for baby skin if she/he were to touch it. I highly doubt this product gets absorbed into your bloodstream. If you are not sure Kate ALWAYS ALWAYS answers your questions on her twitter account:)
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
mixedsugar82
(San Francisco, CA)
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Use with acne(good/bad)?
Just wondering if anyone with acneic skin can provide some feedback--whether this product had a positive or negative impact. I have tried other retinol formulas i.e., Perricone, Philosophy but found that after about a week my skin became congested/pores clogged.
asked 6 months ago
skinnie
(Toronto, Canada)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
3 answers
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answer 1
I have an extremely oily T-zone with chronically clogged pores on my nose and outer cheeks and occasional breakouts on the chin. Until I tried this moisturizer, I basically thought I had to avoid creams so as to try to keep my pores less congested. I now have clear pores using this product. In full disclosure, I have become diligent about taking all my makeup off each night and use the Clarisonic Mia with Amore-Pacific enzyme "peel" powdered cleanser. I slather on this night cream and wake up to nice skin. This cream is not contributing to pore congestion
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
zheesh
(Berkeley, CA)
answer 2
Retinol products shouldn't clog skin, but they do cause a purging period!! It is normal to break out after using retinol products by 1-2 weeks. For me, the breakouts lasted a good 4-6 weeks and then stopped and my skin was better than before starting the retinol. I read a lot about it online and this can be normal depending on your skin. I personally did not have pores clogged by this product, and compared to other retinol products no other adverse effects
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
ss08087
(Canada)
answer 3
My skin is not terrible, but I have occasional breakouts, and this has not caused any at all after a month of regular use.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
sophiestew
(Redwood, NY)
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Breakouts?
I have combination, oily skin that is acne prone. Will this make me breakout?
asked 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Challack
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
3 answers
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answer 1
I have acne prone skin and since using this product I haven't broken out at all, my skin looks better. My scars have faded and my skin has a glow to it.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
jenmarie6
answer 2
I have large pores and get blackheads and some blemishes and this actually makes my skin clearer. My T zone is very oily (even though I am 50) and although Retasphere is super emollient, it does not clog my pores. I wake up with fantastically hydrated skin. This is my night cream and I will continue to buy it. I get compliments on my skin now that I use this nightly.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
zheesh
(Berkeley, CA)
answer 3
This product will react differently to everyone so it is hard to say if it will or will not cause breakouts- try it for a few days and you are welcome to make a return or exchange if you are not satisfied.
answered 4 months, 4 weeks ago
dianabt
(San Francisco, CA)
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Does anyone know how much retinol is in this? How does it compare to prescription creams?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
coldinmn
(St. Paul, mN)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
2 answers
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answer 1
Kate does not disclose the amount of retinol in this product.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
zheesh
(Berkeley, CA)
answer 2
I believe that this product contains 2% retinol, the highest percentage of retinol available over the counter.

I am a Sephora Consultant and reply to answers purely because I love clients and want to help you find answers!! Hope this helps!
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
blessedallure
(Mesa, AZ)
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Should I use a moisturizer over this cream?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
BHempling
(Redding, CA)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
2 answers
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answer 1
You definitely need to use a moisturizer with this product. As for whether you should use moisturizer before or after this product - at first, to get your skin used to the retinol, it's a good idea to wear moisturizer underneath, to act as a buffer between your skin and the retinol. Yes, it reduces the effectiveness of the retinol. That's the point in the beginning - to protect your skin. But after a few applications like this (and only every other day, at first), you can be the judge of how your skin is reacting. After one month of use, I've learned that I can use it under moisturizer, every day for a few days, but then I ought to take a day off. Too much cell turnover too quickly and you'll either get a burn or just flaky skin. So, just ease your skin into it. And remember to wear sunscreen during the day even if you only use it at night.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
depechelover101
(California)
answer 2
It's is a 2 in 1 product: Retinol + night cream. You should not need a moisturizer over it. I have normal to dry skin and don't need one. Hope that helps.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
MsKitty01
(Sarasota, FL)
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for eyes?
I am starting to get slightly fine lines around my eye area and i wanted to know if this product was good for that and if its safe to use just around the eyes instead of the whole face. thanks
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
Dee143
(New York)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
2 answers
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answer 1
I would not put this around the eye area and would only use a product meant for eyes. This product states to avoid the eye area.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
rs0231
(Camp Lejeune, NC)
answer 2
My dermatologist says that it is okay to use RetinA around the eyes, which is much stronger than this. But, I wouldn't do that (the retinA)-I haven't thought about using this one around the eyes; but will give it a try. Use it with sunscreen as she recommends. Others have complained about redness and peeling-that is how you know it is working; but, if it bothers you too much, cut down on use to what suits you instead of every night.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
degraham
(asheville nc)
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Also want to know percent of retinal & if a serum is recommended before applying
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
llsr
(San Francisco, CA)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
2 answers
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answer 1
The percentage, I don't know. But to me, it didn't matter. Retin-A Micro at any concentration caused massive redness in my skin, all over - but this product did not cause redness AND it also reduced (and removed) many of my fine lines! It's even keeping my breakouts away. It took about 4 weeks of use (3 weeks of sample packs used every other day, plus about 4 days in a row of using the full-size bottle daily), but my smile lines are GONE and forehead lines are going away more every day. If I were you, I'd just go for it.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
depechelover101
(California)
answer 2
No percentage is given, but I would say it gives similar results to a .75% product I was using before. I use a serum before applying this and have found I can use it every night with great results. No redness, no peeling- just expression lines starting to disappear and better tone.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
MsKitty01
(Sarasota, FL)
Question
Do I need to follow with a moisturizer or should this do the job of both retinol treatment and moisturizer at night?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
missym11
(New York, NY)
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, you have to moisturize just before putting this product on. I originally returned this product after my face became red and iritated within a week of use. I then read where customers said they were moisturizing before and it was eliminating these effects. So... I repurchased and gave it another shot and it worked! I have been using for over a month now and have not had the previous issues. I have normal skin and really love this product but you HAVE to moisturize first. I use Bobbi Browns new hydrating gel cream and it works great with the Retasphere.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
phelpst
(Gulf Breeze, FL)
answer 2
I find it to be moisturizing also. It is a stronger retinol than what I am used to in over the counter products. If you find you have too much redness or peeling, then don't use it as often as she advises. Also, she states the need for using a sunscreen. This is true.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
degraham
(asheville nc)
Question
Can I use this retinol product and still lay in the sun? I would be using SPF 30.
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
LynnIvy
on RetAsphere™ 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
2 answers
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answer 1
Retinol is supposed to make skin more susceptible to burning. Use lots of sunscreen. Reapply often. Big sunglasses, funny looking hat. That's what I do, and it's working.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
clovisorange
(Houston, TX)
answer 2
If I were you, I would go up on the spf and would not really lay in the sun (at least not my face and neck). I know it is tempting; but when you are older, you still care about being beautiful and lines and wrinkles just don't cut it. This product is a rather strong retinol.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
degraham
(asheville nc)
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