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Moonlight Retinal Super Serum

Moonlight Retinal Super Serum

Winner -- The Best Retinol Serum in The Zoe Report's 2021 Beauty Awards

Meet Moonlight, an upgrade on retinol serums. 

Our breakthrough was in choosing retinaldehyde (retinal), a form of Vitamin A which is estimated to be up to 20 times more effective than retinol. 

If you had given up on high potency retinol or prescription retinoic acid products due to irritation, Moonlight is the solution you've been looking for.

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Obsessively Formulated

Expertly stabilized retinaldehyde at 0.11% concentration delivers prescription level benefits by helping to improve uneven skin tone and appearances of photoaged skin. And because retinaldehyde is also antibacterial, Moonlight can help with acne as well.

We balance all that potency with our unique blend of nourishing ingredients (niacinamide, bisabolol, ceramide, tea extracts, hyaluronic acid and squalane) to keep away the typical irritation you might have experienced from retinoid products in the past.

The result is your dream come true. Now, you can finally enjoy all the promises you have hoped from retinoids without the harshness.


Common retinoid questions and How to use Moonlight

- Is retinaldehyde similar to other retinoids like retinoic acid (tretinoin) and retinol?

Yes, retinaldehyde (also called retinal) is part of the retinoid family and is a relative of retinol (common in skin care products) and retinoic acid (available by prescription).

- Why use retinaldehyde rather than the more common retinol?

With Moonlight, our goal is to bring you a retinoid product that can deliver prescription level results but with much less irritation.

What we found working with retinol is that as the retinol concentration is increased, the effectiveness quickly plateaus as more retinol is added, but irritation keeps getting worse. It was the opposite of what we were looking for.

So, instead of retinol we chose its much more potent cousin retinaldehyde. We combined high potency retinaldehyde with a unique complex of soothing and hydrating ingredients to deliver you the balance of great results with less irritation.

- I am completely new to retinoids. Can I still use Moonlight?

If you're new to retinoids, we recommend being conservative with Moonlight when starting out. Use Moonlight once or twice a week for the first few weeks, and then increase gradually.

Or you can start with a good 0.1% to 0.3% retinol product for a few months then step up to using our Moonlight Serum : check out our Stargaze 0.25% retinol serum if you're concerned about sensitivity.

- How should I use the Moonlight Retinal Super Serum?

We recommend you to use Moonlight at night (and always wear SPF 30 or higher during the day). If you use our other products, we recommend layering our NIA 10 Serum, Moonlight Serum, and the Hydrator B5 Serum. Then use a deeply moisturizing cream like our One Cream to seal in all your products.

You can layer Moonlight with any other product in your routine. If you use AHA or BHA serum or cream, then we recommend using acid products and Moonlight on alternating nights until your skin adjusts.

- Can I use Moonlight if I'm pregnant or nursing?

If you're pregnant or nursing, then we recommend you to use our Night Renewer Glycolic Acid Cream instead.

Maelove uses retinaldehyde, a form of vitamin A that is one step closer to converting to retinoic acid and becoming active on your skin, and is the most powerful retinoid you can get over the counter. “I couldn’t believe the instant difference this retinol made on my oily-combination skin,” says BDG Executive Beauty Director Faith Xue. “My skin texture looked smoother, my pores were less noticeable, and my skin felt plumper.”

"Formulated with retinaldehyde (better known as retinol's much more potent cousin), Maelove's Moonlight Retinal Super Serum is here to boost radiance, smooth fine lines, and clear up any breakouts. The formula also has niacinamide, squalane, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and brighten skin."

"While retinoids are considered the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients, vitamin A can cause some irritation — especially if you have sensitive skin. That's why Maelove made Moonlight, which contains retinaldehyde (retinal), another form of vitamin A, plus niacinamide, ceramide, hyaluronic acid, and squalane to help hydrate and soothe in order to minimize any side effects."

"Not only did the Maelove founder specifically create the product after receiving more than 25,000 customer requests for it, but she was especially proud of the fact that she was able to release a retinol that worked with the notoriously hard-to-deal-with ingredient of retinaldehyde in a way that kept the formula stable and potent, all while infusing it with hydrating ingredients. "

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My name is Jackie – I'm the CEO and Chief Product Obsessor, and a huge skincare fanatic.

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Did you know premium and luxury brands markup their prices anywhere between 10 to 30 times? That inflated price pays for commercials and celebrity endorsements (I felt betrayed as a consumer when I found this out, too.)

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