Retinol Resurfacing Treatment™

Experts say this is the best retinol cream for Acne & scarring. Customers report it's the best retinoid treatment for repairing skin ageing, boosting collagen and reducing hyper-pigmentation.

We use a stabilised version of Vitamin A called  Retinyl Palmitate, in the EU maximum safe dose of 0.3% along with Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl peptides and Anti-Inflammatory's. It slow releases into the skin so you excellent improvements to your skin, without the uncomfortable retinal side effects of redness, flaking and sore skin. It calms skin, while being super effective so even sensitive skins and first timers can tolerate it. It's brilliant for all skin types and safe for teens with spot prone skin.

Further, this is the only retinol serum that combines with the Matrixyl peptide, to rapidly improve all signs of skin ageing and wrinkles.  Both these ingredients were featured in BBC Horizon programmes and scientifically proven to work. This retinol skincare will improve your skin from day one and the results will just keep getting better.  

Retinol is an extremely effective 'cell-communicating' ingredient, which is able to tell your skin cells to behave like healthy, younger skin cells. Cell turnover and collagen production are increased.

• Increases density of skin
• Reduces lines and wrinkles.
• Significantly fades acne scars and dark spots.
• Regulates sebum production to prevent spots and acne

For the best results, use only at night-time and follow through in the morning with sufficient SPF moisturiser.

To see more about the incredible active ingredients that make this Retinol treatment perfect for all skins, click on the Active Ingredients tab below. More information and advice is below the How To section. 

How To Use:

Apply 1-2 pumps to cleansed skin
Massage into your face, neck and decolletage
Apply under the ears
Step 1.
Apply 1-2 pumps to cleansed skin at nighttime only. If you're new to Retinol, you may want to use a little less and build up the amount you use, as well as the frequency of use.
Step 2.
Use sweeping motions to massage the product into your face, neck and decolletage, avoiding the immediate eye area and lips.
Step 3.
Don't forget to apply under the ears where trapped shampoo can create dryness. Always remember to wear an SPF in the morning to prevent UV damage.

If you are wondering, is retinol good for your skin? The answer is most likely, yes! Retinol was discovered as a solution for acne and prescribed by dermatologists. By happy co-incidence, it was then found that retinol is good for anti-ageing (not my words) the skin too. Retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A and help to reduce hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and to improve uneven skin tone. It works by increasing cell renewal and turnover. It boosts collagen production and it works by irritating the skin.  It has been certified safe in the EU at maximum levels of 0.3% and can safely be used on teenagers to treat spots and acne type skin. There is growing opinion that little and often is the way to go for best results, rather than using high concentrations of up to 2-3%, unsupervised by a dermatologist. More is not always more, despite what your favourite influencer might say.  Retinoids in skincare have been the subject of a BBC Horizon documentary showing scientific proof of their efficacy and there are hundreds of other studies that also confirm this.

Why is ours the best retinol cream or retinol serum? 

  • We use the maximum levels 0.3% and boost the retinol like action with Aroleat Samphira, which works like retinoids but with anti-inflammatory action
  • Ours is Retinyl Palmitate which has a slow and sustained release into the skin. Therefore it is gentle, without making the molecule too large to be absorbed and be effective. Better than granactive retinoids
  • We combine it with the peptide Matrixyl, to repair lines. Both high and low weight Hyaluronic Acid to give hydration through to the deeper layers of skin
  • We include robust anti-inflammatory, so that this is the best retinol for sensitive skin and the best retinol for acne skin.
  • And we add Squalene from olives. It strengthens and maintains the skin's natural moisture barrier, that can be compromised when using Vitamin A derivatives.

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Vitamin A (Retinol) used in the EU maximum permitted dose (0.3%), it is an extremely effective ‘cell-communicating’ active ingredient, which is able to connect to skin cell receptor sites and tell them to behave like healthy, younger skin cells. Vitamin A boosts cell turnover, peeling away top layers to even skin tone, thicken the new skin layers and effectively smooth out wrinkles. For all these reasons and its ability to regulate sebum, it shows superb results for even for more delicate skins, acneic skins and reduces the visibility of resulting scarring. Retinol is unstable so, we use Vitamin A Palmitate, a stabilised version with proven efficacy.

Matrixyl 3000 is a peptide with a powerful skin repairing effect, restores key skin proteins such as collagen and fibrilin, which are broken down during the ageing process and by UVA light. Matrixyl was the subject of a BBC Horizon programme in 2006 and proven to work. In this formula, together with retinol/vitamin A it works to lessen deeper wrinkles in the skin

Aroleat Samphira is an incredible active ingredient extracted from Rock Samphire (also known as Sea Fennel). It imitates the beneficial effects of Retinol, but without causing skin irritation. Vitamin A (Retinol) is well known to stimulate inflammation as it works, resulting in redness, flaking, irritation and tightness. Aroleat Samphira has been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out the skin tone, regulate sebum and reduce inflammation. Used together with Vitamin A, Aroleat Samphira allows Vitamin A to provide its many skin benefits without the associated inflammation.

Mediacalm™ is an active ingredient from Boerhavia Diffusa Root. Thanks to its outstanding calming properties (clinically tested on freshly shaven skin), it restores softness to the skin and intense soothing, whilst stimulating the release of anti-irritant neuromediators in the skin.

Two different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid. Has the double effect of retaining moisture in the epidermis and dermis while also activating the skin’s own beta defensins, that help to prevent the microbial invasion that causes spots.

Squalane is a component of the skin’s natural lipid barrier. We use Squalane from Olive Oil origin. This gives a luxurious feel to skin while supporting and reinforcing the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

INGREDIENTS : Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Squalane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Distearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Citronellol, Carbomer, Sodium Lactate, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Limonene, Polysorbate 20, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Linalool, Tocopherol, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Isoeugenol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

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Retinol is a bit 'marmite' - you love it or are afraid of it. I fell into the latter camp until creating this product. Images of Samantha in Sex and the City after the chemical peel and reading terrible experiences of peeling, sore, flaking, red skin put me off. I wanted to make a formula that would be super effective, yet so gentle even sensitive skins could use it.

I insisted we use the maximum level of stabilised Retinol (Vitamin A Palmitate), which is 0.3% in the EU. I also wanted to combine it with Matrixyl 3000, a peptide proven to help repair skin and undo signs of ageing. We included Aroleat Samphira, which has a similar action to Retinol without increasing inflammation. We added further anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe as the Retinol works. Finally, a serious punch of hydration with two molecular weights of hyaluronic acid seals the deal.

If you want a real, visible change to your skin, there is no way around it - you have to use this in your routine.

Maleka x

Maleka Dattu's signature, founder of MERUMAYA skincare