Skinbetter Alpharet Overnight Cream

Product Claims:

“A skincare cream featuring a unique ingredient that is made up of a retinoid combined with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that provides visible skin rejuvenation with little-to-no irritation.” – Skin Better Website.


Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Glycolate, Glycolic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Pentylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isohexadecane, Sorbitan Olivate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glycerin, Ceresin, Glycol Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Squalane, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ethyl Lactyl Retinoate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceramide NP, Hyaluronic Acid, Ubiquinone, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Superoxide Dismutase, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Allantoin Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol, Linolenic Acid, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-2, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Hydrated Silica, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Price: $130
Size: 30ml


The AlphaRet Overnight Cream claims to significantly improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and texture.

The star ingredient in this product is “AlphaRet” - Ethyl Lactyl Retinoate, which is an AHA-Retinoid Conjugate (basically a combination of lactic acid and retinoid). Lactic Acid is a mild chemical exfoliant (AHA) that works by loosening the glue-like substance that holds dead/dull skin cells on topmost layer of the skin, so they can fall off thereby revealing newer, healthier skin. Retinoids are a huge family of compounds derived from Vitamin A, known to boost cell turnover, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, control acne, fight free radicals, even out skin tone and improve skin texture.

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough research to prove that this star ingredient can offer better anti-aging effects than retinol, but there is research to prove that it is effective and less irritating than retinol and retinoid acid. The percentage of AlphaRet in this product is not stated as well, so it is quite difficult to say how effective it will be in this formulation.

There are other beneficial ingredients in this product:
Exfoliants – Sodium Glycolate, Glycolic Acid
Humectants – Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid
Antioxidants – Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Squalene, Coenzyme Q10, Superoxide Dismutase, Green Tea Extract
Peptides, Ceramides, Cholesterol
Skin Soothing Agents – Bisabolol, Allantoin, Panthenol
Skin Brightening Agent – Glycyrrhetinic Acid

I personally will not expect all the amazing effects of retinoids from this cream but a combination of all the ingredients will help improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and texture; just as it claims.

Photo Credit: Skin Better

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