This anti-ageing skincare product has more superheroes than an Avengers movie
Dr Sheth’s Rosehip & Retinoid Power Emulsion did not come to play
Our preferred self-care routine at the end of a long day? Layering our favourite acids, masks, face serum and moisturisers for that optimal level of hydration and protection to give you skin as smooth as your chacha’s bald head.
But sometimes you’re too short on time to do it all. Rahul’s screaming out for help with his homework. The pressure cooker is on its third seeti and rumbling with threats to blow. Your boss has scheduled a last-minute Zoom call and your notes are scattered around the room, some being chewed on by four-legged Bruno in the corner.
Frodo got one ring to rule them all in The Lord of the Rings, we wished for a face serum to do the same.
The good folks at Dr. Sheth’s heard their customers’ prayers and dropped a new retinoid product. More than just a serum, this is their Rosehip & Retinoid Power Emulsion, an anti-ageing, hydrating, acne-fighting and brightening superhero all in one bottle? It sounded too good to be true, so we had to investigate.
A lot is going on in this power-packed bottle, in the best way possible. We were a little apprehensive about using it at first – retinol can be drying and pretty irritating. But Dr Sheth’s creation uses 1% granactive retinoid boosted with 0.5% of bakuchiol (AKA nature’s own form of “retinoid”) and rosehip seed oil.
This kind of retinoid product is as effective as retinol but milder on the skin in terms of irritation. And even then, they’ve taken into account the likely reactions Indian skin could have and come prepared.
This product has a support system for every possible skin reaction. There’s hyaluronic acid for hydration and suppleness. Overachieving antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E to give that brightness and clarity. Calming and healing properties of centella asiatica extract (Gotu Kola), repairing amino acids and one of our all-time favourite ingredients, niacinamide. They’re carefully formulated to complement each other’s strengths and make up for weaknesses.
The granactive retinoid, bakuchiol and niacinamide together make a gold-star offence team against acne and signs of ageing. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid work to bring back moisture and hydration to the skin. Mulberry extract and vitamin C fight hyperpigmentation and discolouration.
The light lotion-like texture of the emulsion glides across your skin and sinks in with ease. There’s no sticky residue left coating your skin. Even with its super light texture, your skin feels moisturised after you use it. Follow it up with a face cream and you’re good to go for the night.
It’s perfect for retinol/retinoid beginners and all you need is one pump to dot all over the face and blend. If your still wary or have sensitised skin try buffering it with a moisturiser. Use emulsion after your moisturiser. The layer of cream underneath won’t cut out the benefits of the product, just make it an easier transition till your skin gets used to retinoids.
We started slow, using it twice a week at night and always following up with SPF 30-50 the next morning for protection. Did we mention it’s perfume-free too? The only scent you’ll get is a slight hint of rose from the oil used in the formulation.
Like with any skincare product, especially anti-ageing like retinoids, this takes time to show its true effects on the skin. With use over time, you can expect the slow diminishing of fine lines and wrinkles, evening out of your complexion and fewer acne breakouts. The antioxidants in this emulsion fight free radical damage and environmental stressors that can make our skin age faster.
Anti-ageing is a long-game of patience and consistency. There’s no halting this biological process, but you can make it smoother. Dr. Sheth’s Rosehip & Retinoid Power Emulsion is a great place to start.