Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Retinol, Baby..!

Hey Pretty,

It's no secret that I'm a new found lover of all things skin care. I've been learning just how important it is to invest in a good skin care line in order to keep your skin hydrated and youthful looking as we age. I've started wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, I've given up my need for a nice tan (it was hard..) and I have learned how important moisturizer is even if your skin is acne prone like mine.

A few weeks ago I was sent the new Miracle 10 Retinol Treatment 30 from Miracle 10 to try out. Guys.. honestly... Epic. Skincare. Game Changer.

I don't know how else to describe to you how unreal this product is. First up, listen to Ann Marie MacDonald, the President and Founder of Miracle 10 Cosmetics talk about the product so you can learn a bit about it....

Right? She's beautiful (and SO nice... I met her once). But she's also SPOT on about the benefits of this product. The first night I used it, the next morning I already noticed a huge difference in my hyper-pigmentation and my acne has been extremely diminished. My skin is looking so much more even and even I notice how clear and bright it's been.

Before I started using it, I had been in touch with my favourite Miracle 10 Gal, Elizabeth, and asked her how I'm to tie this new cream into my overall skin care regime. She explained to me how you start by using it 1 night per week for the first week, 2 times per week on the second week, 3 times the third week and at that point, you alternate between using the Retinol 30 Treatment and the AHA Gel each night. Easy enough, right? So that's exactly what I started doing. 

For those of you who wonder what my whole skin care routine actually is, it looks like this: 

     1. Cleansing
     2. Solution (toner)
     3. SPF 30
     4. 1/2 Light Serum Moisturizer & 1/2 Veil Moisturizer 

     1. Cleansing
     2. Solution (toner)
     3. Retinol Treatment 30 or AHA Gel
     4. Veil Moisturizer

Plus 1-2 times per week at night I use the Enzyme Exfoliating Scrub and the Mask Treatment. You could say I'm a bit of a Miracle 10 junkie, but I'm ok with it.... it makes me glow and makes my skin look youthful! :)

Remember what my skin looked like a little while back? Let me remind you. I was experiencing the typical "adult acne" break out. The breakouts around your jaw line, chin and cheek area. It was painful, cystic acne, which isn't new to me... I experience this sometimes as an adult, but as a teenager I was bad with acne and had cystic acne on my forehead.

I don't have an updated photo exactly like this one taken before one of the Miracle 10 Chemical Peel Treatments, but I took this shameless mirror selfie last weekend and you can tell my skin is HUGELY different (aka, better).

Like Ann Marie mentioned, it's a great product for reducing the look of fine lines, hyper-pigmentation, reduces acne breakouts, redness of the skin is reduced and makes the skin appear firmer and clearer. Retinol provides a gentle exfoliation of the skin. The seed oil and botanical extracts provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Vitamins E, A, C and B to help strengthen, soothe and hydrate the skin.

I can honestly say I've never used a product that had such a dramatic effect on my skin, and now I'm so addicted. It takes a lot in me not to use the Retinol Treatment 30 every single night. It makes my skin so soft, but I don't want it to dry my skin out so I'm sticking with alternating nights. I can't wait to finish the 30 treatment so I can up the ante to 60! 

You can purchase the product online by clicking here, or visit one of the beautiful Miracle 10 Boutiques either in Yorkville here in Toronto or at The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga! It retails for $82, and is SO worth every penny!!!

Have you ever used a Retinol treatment before?



  1. I had heard amazing things about retinol, however a dermatologist/skin clinic I went to told me not to use retinol products in my twenties or thirties. I'm not really sure why!?? Seems like it works wonders.

    1. I think it's fine to use! There are different strengths of it, I'm using the lightest one right now, I am excited to up it once I finish my current bottle!

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