They say having an anti-ageing regimen should start during your mid or late 20s. Well, I hit 30 this year, and I’m only getting started. I’d like to think that using sunscreen on those five or so years that I didn’t slather on creams will make up for it. If that fails, I hope using the Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum can at least help lessen the blow (and by blow, I mean fine lines and wrinkles).
Retinol, they say, is the creme de la creme of anti-ageing. From dermatologists to women in their 50s who look like they’re in their late 30s, this ingredient is said to be the top pick if you’re looking to maintain a youthful look. Is it true? With 5 per cent retinol ester and one per cent Liposome-encapsulated retinol in each bottle of this new Sunday Riley crowd-favourite, will it be my holy-grail for retinol?
Packaging, appearance and texture
Before we get to that, let’s start dissecting it from the outside-in. The Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum comes in a royal blue glass bottle that evokes a feeling of luxury. The bottle, as one might assume, has a good heft (even though it only contains 30ml of product). It looks pretty on the vanity. The downside? The opacity of the bottle makes it hard to know how much of the product you’ve already used.
The product itself is not as photogenic. It also has a fragrance that has a mixture of botanical and medical, which can be off-putting to some. Both of these, however, are salvaged by the fact that the serum’s texture is divine. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t leave an oily feeling on the skin despite the product being oil-based.