This Retinol Stick Firms Skin and Fades Dark Spots In a Single Swipe

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Deemed the holy grail of skin care, dermatologists praise retinol for being an all-in-one ingredient that addresses a whole slew of skin concerns. The vitamin-A derivative is beloved for its ability to improve skin texture, treat acne, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—basically, it’s the whole shebang. And while effective retinol serums are a dime a dozen these days, Peace Out Skincare has figured out a way to offer the active ingredient in an easy-to-apply stick form, which has quickly become a best-seller at Sephora.

The brand’s Retinol Face Stick is made with a trio of superstar ingredients that work together to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooth out uneven texture. First up is (obviously) retinol, which it delivers using a three percent encapsulated blend. This means that although you’re getting a hefty dose of retinol, because it’s encapsulated (in other words, it’s released into your skin over a period of time), it won’t irritate your skin. Dermatologists recommend retinol as a way to speed up cell turnover, which stimulates collagen and elastin production (to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) and gets rid of dead skin cells (to help quash acne).

Next on its list of high-performers is bakuchiol, a powerful antioxidant that has been clinically proven to refine pores and increase the skin’s elasticity. Often referred to as “alt-retinol,” bakuchiol has the same cell-turnover stimulating properties as vitamin A, but is less likely to cause irritation. When combined, these two ingredients kick cell turnover into overdrive, and work together to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

Finally, there are fruit enzymes, which offer an added layer of gentle exfoliation. The blend of papaya and pumpkin helps to melt away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion that’s primed and ready to soak in whatever hydrating moisturizer you choose to layer on top.

With such a stacked ingredients list, it’s no wonder the stick has already earned over 100 5-star reviews and 17,000 ‘Loves’ on Sephora. Fans of the formula love how easy it is to use (a single swipe is really all you need), and the fact that it doesn’t leave behind a sticky, greasy, or heavy finish. Ready to give it a try? Shop it for yourself, above.

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