Is the COSRX Retinol Serum a Game Changer? ðŸ¤”

This is the 3rd and final review of the lastest 3 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐭 serums released by COSRX. As you can see from the title, we’ll be taking a look at the COSRX 𝐑𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐮𝐦. The reason why it’s taken me some time to discuss this serum is because I thoroughly wanted to test it out for a long as possible in order to allow sufficient time for noticeable effects of using this serum at night; especially considering how retinol can take up to 12 weeks or more to take effect. ⁣
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰:⁣
• Contains 𝟶.𝟻% 𝘙𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘺𝘭 𝘗𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 for its anti-aging benefits.⁣
• Rich in 𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘢 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 for soothing the side effects that often come with using Retinol, and makes the formula ideal for even oily skin types.⁣
• Has Adenosine, Panthenol & peanut oil for skin conditioning.⁣
• It’s free from alcohol, parabens and sulfates and EU-allergen safe. ⁣
• It’s not fungal-acne safe or silicone free.⁣

After 2 months of use, I can say this serum has an even balance of both pros and cons. As expected for the first 2 or 3 weeks of regular use the Retinol gave me some breakouts on my forehead, chin and jawline. However, I was able to manage these breakouts with non-medicated spot patches and gentle skin care formulated with green tea and Cica.

Another point which was sometimes bothering is that you can’t use Retinol in conjunction to AHA, BHA or Vitamin C – therefore I had to be more conscious than usual of other products I was using in my night routine and it made me miss using AHA & BHA which I usually rely on for gentle exfoliation. ⁣
It you are someone who is more focused on the anti-aging aspect of skin care and don’t use AHA, BHA or Vitamin C – then you could easily incorporate this Retinol Serum into your routine without fuss. I did like how it brings back the “bounce” to fine lines; I like to concentrate applying it to my smile lines and forehead for this reason. The texture is milky, but absorbs much faster than I was expecting (you can see a short video clip of the texture here).

All points considered, is this Retinol Serum a game changer?…

From my experience no, it’s not a game changer. I’m glad that it contained 0.5% retinol as that’s a good “entry level” for introducing retinol into your skin care routine after using the most typical 0.01% that countless retinol skin care products contain (2.0% being the highest you can go up to).

Although, like I said, the effects weren’t as mind-blowing as other anti-aging ingredients I’ve used and in ways it was harsher than any other anti-aging ingredient I’ve used up until present time. I think for my skin personally, it would be best to stick to collagen/peptides and snail mucin products for their anti-aging benefits as they don’t make my skin breakout a like Retinol does and they can be used alongside AHA without conflict.

💬 Have you tried Retinol/Retinyl? What was your experience?


Disclaimer – The product featured in this post was gifted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and have therefore not been influenced by the brand or any company in association.

3 responses to “Is the COSRX Retinol Serum a Game Changer? ðŸ¤””

  1. It’s so weird… EVERYONE is touting the benefits of retinol… but I’m not seeing them and it makes my skin break out like nothing else. The irritation is bad and the resulting scarring from breakouts is not worth the trouble to me. My skin seems to prefer gentle chemical exfoliation and being doused with hydration, instead. For anti aging, I’m relying on rosehip oil and that seems to be making all the difference

    Will you be continuing to use retinol products?


    1. No, I will not be continuing to you Retinol. It seems we’ve had a similar experience with the ingredient. I don’t think the effects are fantastic enough go through breakouts, plus using it means missing out on AHA & BHA exfoliation. For me collagen, peptides and Hylauronic Acid are better for keeping skin supple.

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      1. Couldn’t have said it better muself! Super psyched to see a different opinion for a change as I was starting to think that I was a complete outlier 😅

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