The Anti-Ageing Product The Beauty Industry Doesn't Want You To Know About

Updated: Jul 14

Let me share my best beauty secret with you. I discovered this about 20 years ago, and it’s time for you to know too.

The packaging is boring, there is no clever marketing, and it’s not reassuringly expensive. But, let me assure you that applying this product at home every night will do more for your skin quality than any other skincare product you can buy.

So, what is this mysterious beauty product? It’s a Vitamin A cream called ‘ReTrieve Cream’, available on prescription from your GP or Canterbury Clinic.

ReTrieve Cream is one of the beauty industry's best-kept secrets. They prefer you to spend lots of money on their latest Vitamin A products. They won’t tell you that the most potent version is only a prescription away, that it’s affordable, and that one tube will last you for an entire year.

So, what’s so good about ‘ReTrieve Cream’?

Initially, this prescription Vitamin A cream was intended for acne sufferers, and it’s incredible for this purpose. However, dermatologists later found it the best at-home topical anti-ageing treatment available.

"If used long-term, it can reduce freckling, solar lentigines, fine wrinkling, solar comedones, sun-induced skin fragility, and actinic keratoses." (Reference Dermnet NZ)
ReTrieve Cream. The most potent form of Vitamin A available by prescription only from your GP or Canterbury Clinic
Prescription-Only ReTrieve Cream

In simpler terms, Vitamin A works amazingly well at helping to fade pigmentation and sunspots, reduces open pores, strengthens the skin and smooths fine lines away. It’s a game-changer, and you’ll expect to notice changes starting to happen within 2-3 months and best changes after six months.

Vitamin A products come in different formats, but they are all referred to as 'Topical Retinoids'.

In New Zealand, we have only one prescription Vitamin A product available, so it’s an easy choice. Retrieve Cream uses the ‘Tretinoin’ form of Vitamin A and is, by far, the best choice to see the quickest and most dramatic results.

However, you can find some good over-the-counter Vitamin A products that are affordable and do work. Still, you will have to be patient as they are not as strong as ReTrieve Cream. Noticeable changes may start after six months and up to 12 months for best results. Look for one of these words in the ingredient lists to know whether it’s a topical retinoid: Retin A, Retinol, Retinyl, Retinoic.

The key is to start gradually to allow your skin to acclimate to it because Vitamin A can be irritating. Apply a pea-sized amount at night to clean, dry skin. Cover face, ears, neck and décolletage. Avoid the eyelids and lips. Follow with your serums and night moisturiser. Wear sunscreen during the day, 365 days of the year.

If you are pregnant or thinking about having babies, avoid Vitamin A. However, the product is perfect for more mature ladies, helping us turn back our skin clock.

And now you know the anti-ageing product the beauty industry doesn't want you to know about. It’s transformed my skin, and it can change yours too. Watch how I apply it here.

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