Retinol Reform vs. Texture Reform | Shani Darden Skin Care


Best All-Arounder: Retinol Reform

Most skin types will love this potent, yet non-drying formula. Encapsulated retinol delivers time-released effects that boost skin's elasticity and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and dullness. Lactic acid gives an immediate glow and smoothing effect.


The Gentle Option: Texture Reform

This sensitive-skin friendly serum blends a gentler retinyl palmitate and lactic acid with soothing aloe vera and coffee arabica extract to minimize redness and inflammation while improving fine lines, texture and blemishes.


Ask the expert: Shani Darden on Retinol

Shani believes in a unique approach to treating every skin type. Learn why she created two formulas of her best-selling Retinol Reform, and which one you should be using.

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Yes! Retinol Reform and Texture Reform both contain a retinoid. Retinol Reform is formulated with encapsulated retinol and Texture Reform is formulated with retinyl palmitate, a gentler retinoid. 

Retinol Reform and Texture Reform are both incredibly effective formulas, but Texture Reform is best suited for those who have more sensitive skin. If your skin is not sensitive, we recommend starting with Retinol Reform first. 

Retinol Reform and Texture Reform were both specifically formulated to provide all of the benefits of a retinol serum with minimal dryness, flaking, or irritation. However, when you’re starting any retinol product, the best thing to do is start slow to allow your skin time to acclimate. We recommend starting with 1 night a week, and building up slowly, adding just one additional night each week. Build up to as often as your skin can tolerate. 

Not necessarily! Both formulas contain lactic acid so you’re getting immediate brightening and smoothing benefits along with retinol for longer term anti-aging benefits.

All ingredients have varying levels of activity once combined together. The pH of lactic acid can degrade retinol, however, Retinol Reform is formulated with encapsulated retinol which is much more stable.