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Why our love affair with retinol is still going strong

We seem to get bombarded on a daily basis with countless skincare “buzzwords” and scary-sounding hi-tech ingredients which claim to wind back the clock. But when it comes to a plump and perky complexion, it’s good old retinol that our skin still can’t get enough of.

Retinol (a fancy scientific term for Vitamin A) packs some serious punch when it comes to giving your skin a youth-boosting overhaul, with decades of evidence showing how effective it is at firming, toning and minimising discolouration. And few brands harness the potent powers of this wonder ingredient more than exquisite skincare line {Verso}. Their ‘Retinol 8 Complex’ is (you guessed it) a whopping eight times more effective than traditional retinol dose in the same concentration – but no irritation either, natch! Plus the gorgeous minimalist packaging will look beautiful in your bathroom cabinet. (Priorities people, priorities…)/span>

Their latest launches are currently exclusive to CB (check us out!) and focus on two areas we normally tend to neglect skin-care wise, but are constantly exposed to the elements: hands and lips./span>

If your mitts are looking a little gnarled and weatherbeaten, their new {Hand Serum} contains a UV filter to protect against those pesky UV rays. It also boosts elasticity, reduces the appearance of crêpey-ness – and tackles age spots over time too. The lightweight texture is easily absorbed so it can work its magic undisturbed. Think of it as as essential maintenance for your mitts./span>

And given the current craze for fuller lips – their new {Lip Serum} is a needle-free alternative for a slightly plumper pout. Aside from a slick of balm, most of us tend to skip on skincare where lips are concerned. But they need a little lovin’ too, especially if they’re starting to thin with age – and this clever concoction is just the ticket. It works by boosting collagen and reducing fine lines (especially those creases you tend to get around the lips due to smoking) for a bloomin’ marvellous smile./span>

Good old retinol eh? Clever stuff when you think about it…/span>

SHOP VERSO>>>/span>

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...