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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Review: Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum #SundayRiley #HighDoseRetinoidSerum #Serum

(product photo courtesy of www.sundayriley.com)

1 fl.oz./30mL $85.00
Sunday Riley has been in the news of late. I am not sure if you heard or not, but the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) found out and ruled that her company had actually been posting fake reviews on SEPHORA'S website and the reviews were actually coming from workers in her own company. She basically got a slap on the wrist with a mild fine and she is not allowed to post reviews on SEPHORA anymore. This does not take away from the actual products themselves, which are actually good products, just that maybe she didn't have faith in her own products and the reviewing system itself. I just wanted to address this because I am writing this review of my own volition and I purchased this product with my own money from www.sephora.com. I had nothing to do with the scandal.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and like other forms of Vitamin A (Retin-A for example) it is used to help treat acne, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation and it also helps to smooth the skin. Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum is an advanced-strength retinoid serum that delivers a 6.5% solution of stabilized retinoid blends and botanical, retinol alternative extracts into the skin. Combining 5% retinoid ester blend and a 1% liposomal-encapsulated retinol blend plus a 0.5% blue-green algae with natural retinoid-alternative activity, this serum fights the signs of aging and improves the look of congested and UV damaged skin. Encapsulated CoQ10 helps to improve the appearance of aging or damaged skin. Rare Hawaiian White Honey, bisabolol, cactus extract and ginger balance & soothe the skin for the appearance of a calmer, more even-toned complexion. This product is: cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, soy-free, phthalate-free, fragrance-free and  vegetarian.

How To Retinol: Advanced Users

How To Use: Apply 1-2 pumps in the evening to clean, dry skin.

For New Retinoid Users: Use two days on, two days off. Work your way up to every other day, then to daily, evening use. Follow with a hydrating oil or moisturizer, like C.E.O. Glow or Juno. Use an AHA serum, like Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, on alternate nights to sweep away dead skin cells. Do not use in conjunction with another Vitamin A product like Retin-A, unless you speak with a physician first. This is a very high dose Retinoid and could cause extreme irritation. If you experience any redness, peeling, pain or anything else, drop back to every other day and then try to work up to every day again. If that still doesn't work, this product may not be for you. 

For Advanced Retinoid Users: Use daily, in the evenings. Follow with a hydrating oil or moisturizer, like C.E.O. Glow or Juno. Use an AHA serum, like Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, in the mornings to sweep away dead skin cells.

I would highly recommend sticking to these instructions, especially if you have not used any retinol products before. This is a very high percentage of retinol. Most products contain only 1% retinol. That is nothing compared to this product. I didn't have any problems adjusting to this and I am able to use it alternating with my Retin-A because I don't have sensitive skin. And I don't use it every other night. I alternate my skincare with other things. But when I use this, I use the C.E.O. GLOW to go with it. 

This can be used on all skin types except those that are super sensitive. I would not recommend this on sensitive skins. I would recommend this for mature, dry, normal, combination, oily and acneic but NOT sensitive skin. It is too harsh of a product and it too much for sensitive skin, it would cause peeling and irritation. 

Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum retails for $85.00 and is available online at www.sundayriley.com and www.sephora.com and in SEPHORA stores. Like Sunday Riley on Facebook: https://facebook.com/sundayrileyskincare and Follow Sunday Riley on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sundayriley/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
Follow Me On Instagram: iamthemakeupjunkie


  1. Amazing post, Which you have shared here about the serum. Your article is very interesting and I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing this article and if anyone want to buy Environ Concentrated Retinol Serum online at affordable price. laserskinspecialist.com.au is the best choice to buy.

  2. Just curious does it work?


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