Why is it different?
Combined with potent antioxidants, CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment is a specially formulated light lotion that absorbs quickly and goes to work immediately to enhance hydration and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tones. Licorice, oat extract and other soothing ingredients help to calm redness.
Our CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment delivers pure retinol in a controlled-release delivery system to allow for even, consistent absorption. It also contains an array of additional anti-aging ingredients all skin types need to look younger, and comes in airtight packaging so all the beneficial ingredients remain stable.
All Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.
What does it do?
CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment goes to work immediately to visibly refine pore size and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tone. The light lotion formula is supplemented with nourishing licorice extract, oat extract and other soothing plant extracts to calm skin and ease redness. You’ll be amazed at how much younger-looking, firmer, and radiant your skin will look and feel.
Who is it for?
CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment is for anyone looking for a potent yet uniquely formulated retinol product designed for slow absorption to fight the advancing signs of aging.
DIRECTIONS: Limit initial use to three times per week; gradually increase frequency to every other night, then finally each evening as tolerated. Apply a pea-sized amount after cleansing and/or toning. Carefully avoid the lips, eyes and corners of the eyes. Can be used on the perimeter of the orbital bone if desired. Do not apply to eyelids. To minimize irritation, try combining with 2-3 drops of Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster.
May be applied at the same time as your AHA or BHA exfoliant, but pay attention to how your skin responds. If you notice signs of sensitivity, apply your AHA or BHA exfoliant in the morning and this treatment at night or reduce frequency of application of Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment.
Note: Some people may experience a delayed sensitized reaction to 1% retinol. Do not assume that if no reaction is seen after a few applications that you can apply this product more frequently. Pay close attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly.
If sensitization occurs (redness, flaking, tenderness, or drying of skin), reduce frequency of use or mix one pump of the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment with your favorite Paula’s Choice serum or PM moisturizer. If sensitization persists, discontinue use. Protect skin daily with sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater, or layer sunscreens (moisturizer, foundation with sunscreen, and pressed powder with sunscreen) if they are all rated SPF 15 or greater (and greater is better).
Do not apply this product on the same day as facial waxing or sugaring. Doing so may increase the risk of an irritant response.
What is the difference between the CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment and the RESIST 1% Retinol Booster?
The difference is the texture. The CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment has a light lotion texture that is best for normal to dry skin. The RESIST 1% Retinol Booster has a fluid, liquid texture that is best for normal to oily skin, or if you are layering other products along with it, such as our targeted solutions or boosters.
At what point in my skincare routine would I use CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment?
This nighttime lotion is best applied just before you apply your moisturizer, but depending on your skin type this might be the only moisturizer you need and therefore would be the last product you apply.
How does CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment differ from the other retinol products Paula’s Choice Skincare offers?
The CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment differs in texture and in the amount of retinol. It is a 1% concentration of retinol with a light lotion texture.
Which strength of retinol do I need?
The strength depends on your skin type. Start with one of our lower strength retinol products and see how your skin improves. For advanced signs of aging, the higher strength is wonderful option to try.
Can I use CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment if I am using other Paula’s Choice Skincare products that contain retinol?
Yes, although you might want to alternate use with the other retinol products rather than layer it. It depends on how your skin responds.
Is CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment suitable for sensitive or red skin?
Yes, it is! But those with sensitive or red skin must always judge how their skin reacts with any product they use.
Can I use CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment if I have oily skin and clogged pores?
You can, but you might find our RESIST 1% Retinol Booster a better option because of its feather-light fluid texture which works better for your skin type.
Is it OK to use CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment with a product that contains hydroquinone, such as your RESIST Dark Spot Eraser?
Yes, you can. Apply the CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment first, and follow with the skin-lightening product, either as a spot solution or all over.
Is it OK to use CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment with an anti-acne product that contains benzoyl peroxide?
Yes. For best results, apply the benzoyl peroxide product to breakout-prone areas, allow it to dry, and follow with CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment. You may have read that retinol and benzoyl peroxide cannot be used together, but studies show that these two ingredients complement each other, with good results.
Are there any products I shouldn’t combine with CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment?
No. It can be used with any other skincare products.
How soon will I see results?
It depends, but most people see improvement within the first week, and then gain increasing benefit as they continue to use it.
How often can I apply the CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment?
You can use it every night, every other night, or three times a week. It depends on how your skin responds and on how advanced your signs of aging.