Retinoid 1 Refill
Retinoid 1 Refill
Retinoid 1 Refill
Retinoid 1 Refill

Retinoid 1 Refill

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Running low? Ideal for beginners, this is a refill of our bestselling vitamin A serum that boosts skin clarity and promotes a smooth, even and radiant skin tone.
Caroline Says

Caroline Hirons says

This is a brilliant entry serum if you have never used a retinoid, or have done previously and find them too strong. Your skin will look brighter, smoother and more even, whilst fine lines, breakouts and dark spots will appear reduced.

Skin types and skin tones

Skin types and skin tones

All skin types and tested on all skin tones. Ideal for sensitive, congested skin and/or anyone showing initial signs of ageing.

Skin concerns

Skin concerns

The appearance of fine lines, dullness, breakouts, uneven skin texture and tone.

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Our entry level serum is your first port of call if you are just beginning your vitamin A journey and/or you are prone to sensitivity. At an active level of 0.2% hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR), fine lines, dark marks and breakouts will appear visibly reduced.

Enriched with retinoid boosters such as bakuchiol and soybean extract, as well as moisturising supplementary actives – squalane and vitamin E – your skin will feel nourished, while it renews itself.

 this if:

You are new to retinoids or you have previously found retinoids to be too strong.

don't need
 this if:

You already use a retinoid and your skin feels comfortable — you need Retinoid 2.

Exfoliates the outermost layer of skin whilst conditioning at the same time, to reveal a renewed, even complexion.

Aqua (Water, Eau), Isononyl Isononanoate, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Glycerin, Squalane, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Bakuchiol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Polyisobutene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hordeum Vulgare Extract (Extrait d'orge), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phytosterols, Citric Acid, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenethyl Alcohol.

How to use

Use in the PM, after cleansing. Apply a few pumps of the serum across your face and lightly massage into the skin. Allow to absorb and follow with your moisturiser, if preferred. Use sun protection during the day.

For Retinoid 1, initially we would recommend you use it twice a week, building up to 3-4 times per week depending on your skin’s need.

If you are currently using an acid product (e.g. AHA, BHA toner), we would recommend you use this and the retinoid on alternate days.

PM Retinoid routine example: Cleanse, Tone (hydrating toners/mists only), Retinoid 1 or 2 Treatment, Eye Cream, Moisturise (if needed).


No. It is essential to have the pump mechanism screwed onto the refill to dispense the product correctly, not waste any product, and protect the formula.

In theory, yes, but we advise you not to do this. For example, if you have purchased a Retinoid 1 and want to purchase a Retinoid 2 Refill, we recommend not mixing the packaging to prevent cross-contamination of formulas.

Skin Rocks Retinoid 1 contains 0.2% hydroxypinacolone retinoate. Skin Rocks Retinoid 2 contains 0.5% hydroxypinacolone retinoate & 0.05% retinal, meaning that the product contains a total of 0.55% active retinoid.

Skin Rocks Retinoid 1 & 2 differ due to the ACTIVE vitamin A system used. Retinoid 1 contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR), whereas Retinoid 2 contains HPR & retinal. Skin Rocks Retinoid 2 is currently the strongest variant we offer.

The Skin Rocks Retinoids have been developed as a series – you choose the most appropriate depending on your previous exposure to vitamin A products.

Skin Rocks Retinoid 1 has been formulated for beginners, or those with concerns around sensitivity: those who have not used retinoids previously/have used low-strength retinoids irregularly in the past.

Skin Rocks Retinoid 2 has been formulated for intermediate users: those who have regularly used mid/high strength retinoids in the past, with no issues with sensitivity. If a user has been using high strength retinoids/actives previously, Retinoid 2 is sufficient for maintaining results. Retinoid 1 is suitable for those with sensitive skin, while Retinoid 2 is not. You should not use a retinoid if you have experienced previous vitamin A irritation. You should always patch test before using a new product.

Yes, Skin Rocks is, and will always remain, cruelty free. Skin Rocks does not test products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask any third parties to do so on our behalf. Skin Rocks products are developed to fully comply with relevant cosmetic legislation, including the EU Cosmetic Regulation (Ec. No. 1223/2009), the equivalent UK law (Schedule 34, The Product Safety and Metrology etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019)), both of which have made cosmetic animal testing illegal. It is also our company policy not to sell Skin Rocks cosmetic products in any countries that require animal testing in order to enter the market.

Neither Skin Rocks Retinoid 1 or 2 contain any ingredients of animal origin or direct animal by-products (such as honey, milk or beeswax). However, please note, that both Skin Rocks Retinoid 1 & 2 contain ‘xanthan gum’ - a viscosity controlling (thickening) ingredient, from fermented sugar molecules. The ingredient itself is not of animal origin and is classed as vegan by industry standards. However, the fermentation process may have involved enzymes derived from the albumen portion of eggs in the past. Therefore, we feel it could potentially be misleading to say that these products are 100% vegan. We are constantly reviewing the information provided by our material suppliers, and actively looking to source suitable alternatives for this material for future developments.

Retinoid 1 and 2 are topically applied, facial cosmetic products that are safe to use during pregnancy/breastfeeding. All Skin Rocks products are developed to fully comply with both the UK and EU Cosmetic Regulation and undergo a strict independent safety assessment before they can be sold to consumers. Compared to prescription strength vitamin A products/medications, the risk associated with topical cosmetics including retinoids is assumed to be minimal. To that point, there is currently, nor as there ever been, no regulatory requirement in the UK, EU or USA to label cosmetics containing retinoids has 'not suitable when pregnant/breastfeeding. However if you are worried about using vitamin A/retinoids, please wait until after pregnancy. While the industry is confident that topical cosmetic retinoids are safe to use while pregnant, the general medical consensus is, if in doubt, avoid.

Please wait at least 4 weeks for your skin to acclimatise to any product. We recommend using our retinoid products for at least 12 weeks before moving onto a higher strength.


Outer Bottle: Glass

Cap: Plastic (PETG)

Refill bottle + Cap: Plastic (PP)

Pump: Mixed plastic - Not readily recyclable

Carton and leaflet: All paper & card is from a certified FSC source.

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