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Resurface by Shani Darden - Retinol Reform 1oz
51 Reviews
Helps reduce wrinkles, pore size and photodamage (dark spots) - Improves skin texture for acne scarred skin - Softens and smoothes rough aging skin - Lightens pigmentation associated with photodamage - Over time, will aid in toning and firming the skin. DO NOT use this product while pregnant or breastfeeding.


DeionizedWater, Retinol (vitamin A propionate), Aloe Vera, Glycerth-26, Octyl Dimethyl,Polysorbate-80, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Niacinimide,Sodium Benzoate, Inositrol, Lactic Acid, Quaternium-15

Active Ingredients:

Retinol (5%)

A biologically active form of Vitamin A that can be converted toretinoic acid when applied to the skin. Retinol’s benefits stems from its vitalrole in the ability to produce new cell tissue, maintenance, and optimumcellular function.

Lactic Acid (5%)
An alpha hydroxy acid derived from sour milk. Lactic Acid hasbeen used for centuries to relieve dry, aged skin. Lactic Acid has better waterintake than glycerin and studies have reported that it has the ability toincrease the "water holding" capacity in the corneum layer as well asimprove the elasticity of the skin. Clinical studies report that Lactic Acidconcentrations of between 5% and 12% offer an improvement in softening the skinand refining wrinkles. It is also less irritating on sensitive or dry skin thansome of the other AHA ingredients.


Niacinamide is one of the two principal forms of vitamin B3(nicotinic acid is the other). Niacinamide serves as a precursor of NADH andNADPH, which are coenzymes (facilitators of enzymaticreactions) essential for numerous metabolic pathways. In a randomizedcontrolled study, 4% niacinamide gel has been compared to 1% clindamycin gel (atopical antibiotic) in 76 patients with moderate acne. After 8 weeks, 82% ofpatients treated with niacinamide and 68% of those treated with clindamycinwere considered improved. The researches suggested that antiinflammatory activity of niacinamide may have contributed to itseffect on acne. Studies also show improvement in reducing fine lines andwrinkling.

Aloe Vera

Improves the circulation and regenerates the cells. Its effectsare soothing, astringent, and protecting. Aloe is also excellent for sensitiveskins, rosacea conditions, and dry skin. Aloe vera gel is used to treat firstdegree burns for speedy healing. European folk medicine makesextensive use of aloe vera juice to reduce ulcers and heartburn. Aloe vera isalso used in dental problems such as bleeding gums and denture stomatitis. Gelfrom the Aloe vera leaf has shown good results in treating facial edema.

Sodium PCA

This ingredient occurs naturally in the dermis layer. Its waterabsorbing abilities help the epidermis achieves much needed suppleness andmoisture. Known for its wonderful water binding ability, this acid holds watertightly, and when applied to the skin, forms a film similar to the way it holdswater in the intercellular matrix of the dermal connective tissue. It is alsouseful as a carrier for other extracts and active ingredients.

Customer Reviews
Retinol Reform
I absolutely love my Retinol Reform which gently but effectively fights both aging and acne.
The best retinol product on the market. Period. I have canvassed so many of the retinol products out there and have seen the best results with this product. It is both potent AND suitable for sensitive skin. The BEST!
Better Looking Skin
I'm super sensitive to retinol, however this product works for my skin. It's light, absorbs quickly, and doesnt have a strong scent. I've used it for 8 months now and have better looking skin. The best retinol on the market.
Feeling Clean
Strong formula. Goes on shear with a clean feeling. Light fragrance which is great if you're sensitive.
Fast results
I've seen a difference in only a week with limited use. My skin feels smooth and some of the dark spots have lightened and even gone away. I'm excited to see what happens after a little bit of time.
Great results but expensive
I know Retinol is an expensive skin care option, but it's hard to pay so much. I took the chance this time and I'm glad I did. The results with Retinol Reform have been great, but I wish it could be more affordable.
I love this product!
I have very sensitive skin and normally can't use a retinol. I bought this product because i read so many great reviews and i needed to try something over the counter. I have had no negative reactions and the results have been amazing. I can see the difference after only a few weeks. Thank you Shani for a great product and changing my skin for the better!
I love this product!
I have very sensitive skin and normally can't use a retinol. I bought this product because i read so many great reviews and i needed to try something over the counter. I have had no negative reactions and the results have been amazing. I can see the difference after only a few weeks. Thank you Shani for a great product and changing my skin for the better!
I could not be more obsessed with this stuff. It has totally changed the texture of my skin and visibly decreased fine lines on my forehead after only a few weeks of using. My skin feels and looks so supple and smooth in the morning after I use it. It is my favorite
Retinol Reform
Seriously addicted to Shani's Retinol Reform <3 Been using it for over 1yr now and people always compliment my skin! And I dont wear makeup :D
Retinol reform review from London, UK
This stuff is the bomb. I was introduced to it by Shani when I went to her for a facial when I was in LA, and now I get her to send it over for me. I have pigmentation from being in the sun a lot; not only has it vastly improved this but my skin overall is so much better. On top of this it's helping with anti-ageing. Lightly scented, absorbed easily, lasts for ages (I started once a week and have gradually built up) - I have too many good things to say about this product. Apart from I wish that I could get it in the UK! NB - Shani is the most generous person with her time. She always gives me skin and product advice, even though I'm back in London.
Retinol Reform
The best product I've used on my face! Gregg Goulet Studio City, CA
Amazing results!
I heard so many great things about this product and was excited to try it. After only a few weeks I could see a difference in the wrinkles under my eyes and the overall smoothness of my skin. I can't wait to see what happens after a few months. I am more than happy with this product and would recommend it highly!
I have struggled for years with my skin and Shani's Retinol changed my skin! I absolutely love this product and couldn't live without it. It fights both aging and acne which is a winning combination for me!
Best Retinol Ever!!!
I have very VERY dry skin. My skin peels, has dry patches, and burns without sunscreen. I have pigmentation and estheticians said that my skin "cannot handle a retinol". However I was advised that this was the product that will work for me, and this is true. This retinol is so light, and absorbs quickly. The scent is amazing and after using it every other day, not one break out and my skin is evening out. For someone who has used every clinical product out there, and saw 0 results, I finally have the product that is fixing it all, and I am finally happy with my skin.
Best Product!!!!!
I'm very picky with my products and I just LOVE this Retinol. I saw a difference shortly after using it. it has improved the fine lines and leaves my skin feeling and looking good!
I never had great skin until I started using this retinol! I've gone through a thousand different products in the past from my dermatologist and none of them worked even half as well as this does. I recommended it to both my sisters and they're obsessed with it now too!
Never so good!
My skin looks incredible thanks to Retinol Reform. I started gradually and worked up to every other night. My friends comment on how good my skin looks and I feel amazing!
Retinol Reform has changed my life!
I love this product. Even with very sensitive skin, I can use it a few nights a week and have seen a huge difference. I knew it was working when people started to comment how good my skin looked! Thank you Shani.
I can't live without this product!
My skin has never felt so good. I use Retinol Reform every other night and the difference has been transforming. I love this product!
Skin feels smoother and younger
I just wanted to say I've been using your product since receiving it in early June and it is absolutely fantastic, I have never used anything else which has given me such a noticeable difference and vast improvement on my skin. Not only has the majority of my acne scaring cleared, my skin feels smoother and younger, my husband has noticed a major difference too, he thought I was wearing make-up the other day when I wasn't.
Secret Weapon
I'm really in love with my facialist Shani Darden's Resurface retinol cream. It’s gentle enough to use every other night, it smoothes lines, and gets rid of scars and acne. It’s my secret weapon to flawless skin. Shani is a magician!
People see the difference
I've been using Retinol Reform for about three months and people can really see the difference in my skin. My pores seems smaller and my overall complexion appears smoother. This stuff works! Thank you Shani.
Best product!
Introducing a new staple to my skin care routine usually makes me breakout so I was afraid resurface wouldn't work for me. Just the opposite. It made my acne prone skin much clearer in just a few uses and smoothed out my complexion. People now ask me how my skin looks so good and I send to this site! Thank you Shani for saving my skin!!
You definitely have a customer for life.
I just wanted to tell you how extremely helpful you and your retinol reform have been. I have struggled with acne for as long as I can remember, and it has been frustrating and embarrassing. I started using your retinol reform in October, and my skin has gotten so much better. I have been able to leave the house without makeup, which I haven't been able to do since high school. I also really appreciate how you answered my email questions, it really helped to hear your feedback. You definitely have a customer for life.
My skin looks and feels better
I didn't have really high expectations because I've tried so many products in the past and had limited results. After using Retinol Reform for almost 3 months, my brown spots have faded and my skin actually feels and looks smoother. I have a friend that started using the product recently and her skin already looks better. This product works and I would have never believed it. Thank you!
Thank you.
Amazing results. I love the way I feel when my skin is clear and Retinol Reform has made that happen. Thank you.
Damaged my skin
Made me break out a lot and has now permanently damaged my skin. I never had deep acne scarring before this product.
My skin was perfect
I visited the USA a few months ago and I came across your line at my friends. I used the retinol cream once and I remember it being amazing and my skin was perfect and now since I am back in the UK it has gone back to normal. I need your cream to be available in the UK!
This has changed my life!
I heard about this product from a friend that has been using it for awhile and is looking amazing. I am now a loyal believer and a customer for life. My skin feels and looks great after a few weeks and I am excited to see what the future holds. Thank you.
Love this product!
I love this product and use it every night for amazing results. Thank you Shani.
It's quite a good product. I just wish it was more affordable or if the bottle is like 5 times the size for how much it costs.
Retinol Reform has done absolute wonders for my skin and I don’t know what I would do without it.
Best Skin Product Ever!
Best skin product ever.  Don't know how I ever lived without this stuff.
Amazing product!
Amazing product! Skin looks better than ever!
People tell me..
People have been telling me my skin looks better than ever. I love this product and tell everyone about it. Thank you Shani!
Ordered this product about 7 days ago and recieved already!.... Pretty good as I live in the UK. Love the packaging and excited to see the results. Will let you know what I think x
Ridiculously overpriced!!!!
Attention potential buyers! Rather than wasting $100 on retinol, do yourself a favor and go to your dermo and ask about Retin-A. Retin-A is FAR more effective and I paid around $10 with insurance. Gotta love all the celebrities endorsing a product that's practically stealing money from you...
OH my gosh ! This stuff is magic for the face! I bought my first bottle in desperate need of help from dark spots, horrible acne, and lots of redness. In jus a couple of night My husband noticed first the difference in my face! My acne started clearly up by the end of the week! My pours and redness almost the next night looked invisible, my dark spots already started fading in a weeks too!! I seriously never thought I'd see the day when I wouldn't have wear heavy makeup to cover all my imperfection!! Thank you Shani Darden for such an amazing product!!!! God bless!
Best facial product I've used!
I have been using Retinol Reform for about a month now and I can already see results. I have a scar on my chin that is FINALLY less noticeable. I've tried everything from random lotions from the store, pure aloe vera and mederma but nothing has made a difference until this product. My scar no longer has discoloration and it's actually less noticable, I didn't think that was possible. Not only that but my skin is almost glowing. I am one to use foundation every single day, I don't leave the house without it on. Usually when I'm about to run out of it I rush to the store to purchase more asap but for the first time in years I felt confident enough that I didn't really need to run out and get more. My skin looks and feels healthy, I am 33 years old and I got carded buying wine last night and the checker actually said I looked a lot younger then she thought. I am a HUGE fan of this product and encourage everyone I know to get it!!
I never had any skin issues until after I turned 30 - been over a year or constant cystic acne. The other retinol products I was using no longer worked, either too harsh or just doing nothing. Not even products from a derm worked. Because I have medium tone skin, whether I squeezed them or not, it always left a mark. I read up as much as I could about Shani and her recommendations, and finally decided to try her Resurface,. I use an antioxidant serum and sunscreen during the day, and at night the retinol Resurface at night - also use the IS cleanser. Resurface is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Seriously, worth every penny. Within two weeks I have seen a huge difference in using it every other night. Sometimes alternating with the IS clinical active. Even the small bumps are gone, and old scars are fading so fast. I couldn't be happier. All this with no irritation.
very excitied!!
very pleased to see results in just over a week my skin is clearer firmer, and beginning to notice fading of marks and spots. Yes Retin A from a doctor is much cheaper but with awful side effects ,, i feel you get what you pay for with this product.
Love it.
I have been using it for 6 weeks now and my acne scarred skin has improved and looks better than it did 20 years ago.
The best retinol cream ever!!!!
Skin glows
This retinol is very gentle. I've experienced very little peeling and no other dryness or irritation. The prescription strength retinol really dries me out and caused flaking for days, too harsh. Skin glows the next day and pores are minimized. Been using 3 months and noticing spots lightening on my medium skin tone. I'm 36 and it's helping my tone even out and fine forehead lines are minimized. Love this product!
Amazing results!
My skin has never looked so good.
love it! Amazing results!
Outstanding Product!!!
Absolutely amazing product. Literally I feel like all I need in my skin care routine is a bit of iS Clinical's Cleansing Complex, Retinol Reform and some SPF. This is a great product. It makes my skin look so healthy and feel so smooth after every use. It gives my skin a glow too which is a bonus. The only 2 things you need to be aware of when you use this product is that it makes your skin very photosensitive so you need to use strong SPF during the day and your skin probably won't tolerate it at first so you need to build up the usage gradually week by week. Start with 1 to 2 uses per week. I will be repurchasing this no doubt in that. The best thing is 1 pump of this product is enough for my whole face. Well done Shani I love your work.
Comparable to prescription retinoids
I freaked out when my insurance stopped covering my retin A micro gel, they wanted me to pay $700 for one tube?! So I needed to find something comparable. It was the only thing I has ever found that kept my acne at bay although it was still drying at times even using over 4 years. I tried out skin medica retinol am dmy skin freaked out, I hadnt had that bad of acne in years, and then I discovered this product. Within a week my skin was back to its normal clear self, it did dry out my skin a bit at first, but it took a lot less time for my skin to get used to it than the prescrition stuff. I had no purging of my skin at all. I love it so very much! The only constructive criticism I would give would be that once the bottle has about 20-30% left it becomes a bit hard to pump out and I have to open the bottle to get it out which isnt really ideal for retinoids to be exposed to air and light like that. Not a deal breaker for me though.
Such a great product!
After debating on taking the plunge into the world of retinol, I finally purchased Retinol Reform having read the great reviews. I have very reactive skin that doesn't tolerate new additions to the routine. After the first night I woke up to find my skin smoother and calmer (no reactions, discomfort, nada). I'm 4 months in and my pigmentation and overall skin appearance has improved, and there has definitely been a reduction in major breakouts or painful spots. I will definitely keep using! Thank you Shani!

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