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Dull Skin

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Wrinkles & Fine Lines

Skin Types

Combination Skin

Dry/Very Dry Skin

Normal Skin

Oily Skin

1% Retinol Booster is a concentrated, pure form of retinol in a slow-release delivery system with a light fluid lotion texture. It also includes a superior assortment of potent antioxidants to help produce the most beautiful appearance for your skin imaginable.

All Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance-free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.

Improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, bumps, pore size, and other visible signs of aging. 1% Retinol Booster can help to quickly bring about a more clarified, vibrant, younger-looking appearance, complete with visible refinement of the look of pores, uneven skin tone, and deep wrinkles.

Carefully press the pump at the top of the container to dispense 1-2 pumps for the face. During the day, finish with a moisturizer with SPF 30 or greater. Can be applied under the eye area, avoiding the eye itself.


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Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2013, volume 2013, article 827248

General Physiology and Biophysics, September 2013, issue 3, pages 347-59

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Pharmacology and Physiology, March-April 2005, issue 2, pages 81-7

Key Ingredients
Salix Alba Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arctium Lappa, Retinol, Glycerin, Allantoin, Avena Sativa, Lecithin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, Ceramide 3

Product Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Glycereth-7 Triacetate (emollient/texture-enhancing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Carthamus Tinctorius Oleosomes (emollient/skin-soothing), Isopentyldiol (hydration), Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (apple extract/antioxidant), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Retinol (skin-restoring), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/skin-soothing), Ceramide 3 (hydration/skin replenishing), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (oat extract/skin-soothing), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (fireweed extract/skin-soothing), Arctium Lappa Root Extract (burdock root extract/skin-soothing), Salix Alba Bark Extract (willow bark extract/skin-soothing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate (texture-enhancing), Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate (texture-enhancing/emollient), Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene (texture-enhancing), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate (antioxidant), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sorbic Acid (preservative), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).


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Os K.
Malaysia Malaysia

Impressive anti aging product

It doesn't cause any problem to my skin but making my skin looks youthful day after day. Will continue to use.


My first try on this was simply awesome!

I was initially skeptical about the potential to be somewhat irritating since it's a 1% concentration and I haven't used a retinol product before. But much to my surprise, I didn't get any feeling of irritation at all. It helps to refine my skin texture and reduce my acne scars & hyperpigmentation.


HG retinol

This is another HG which helps with acne, congestion and texture all the while being hydrating and gentle very very minimal irritation considering its high strength.


Gentle yet effective

i've been using the 1% retinol booster for about 1.5 years now and it's the only retinol i've tried that's both gentle and effective. i'm 49 yrs old w/ an oily t-zone, large pores, and rosacea prone cheeks & chin. i started out using this one night per week then gradually took a year to build up to every night. my skin looks younger, smoother, & brighter now. just out of curiosity i've tried out a few other brands to see if they worked any better, but they either caused my rosacea to flare up or were too gentle to be effective. i'm sticking w/ the paula's choice retinol booster. i recently started adding the paula's choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant two nights per week in place of the retinol to help clear my pores and have had great results w/ no adverse effects. it's helped my skin look even more clear & radiant.

Maisara N.

Perfect for first time 1% retinol users

I love this retinol. The consistency is perfect for oily skin. I use it on its own or with moisturizer and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. This is the first 1% retinol I have used after using 0.5% for the past year.