If there were a skincare superhero, it would be retinol. The incredibly potent vitamin-A derivative speeds up cell turnover, meaning it does almost everything you could ask for from a skincare ingredient: It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, pigmentation and signs of aging, evens out your complexion and imparts a stunning glow. Retinol can make your skin photosensitive, so it should only be applied at night and broad-spectrum SPF should be worn the next day. If you want to see actual, visible results, you’ll want to make retinol your BFF.



While it has many appealing virtues, retinol does have one slight downside: It can be quite irritating to the skin, especially for first-time users. Enter bakuchiol, a natural plant-based alternative that performs almost exactly the same way (improves skin texture and targets fine lines and dark spots) without any risk of sensitization. That means there’s no need to worry about dryness, flaking or any other concern, making bakuchiol perfect for all skin types.


With every product it crafts, Marcelle believes in two things: that the product should be as effective as possible and that it should be gentle on the skin. That’s why the Retinol3 + Probiotic Night Serum is formulated with a unique retinol3 complex. This thoughtful, impressive ingredient combines the proven powers of pure retinol, bakuchiol and retinol-like peptides – a Canadian-sourced alternative that enhances luminosity and skin tone – so you can effortlessly get the results you desire without any discomfort. It’s like no other retinol serum you’ve ever tried.


When it comes to keeping your skin healthy, it’s important to keep both your barrier and your microbiome– a.k.a. the system of “good” bacteria that is naturally found on your skin– strong and nourished. Soothing probiotics work alongside retinol to combat any potential irritation while letting your skin thrive. You’ll be ready for your close-up in no time.


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Also available in major drugstores.