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Moonlight Advanced Retinal Night Serum

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 Stars (1,930 Reviews)
(Based on 1930 reviews)

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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 10 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.

1.0 fl oz / 30 ml

We firmly stand behind the efficacy of our products, which is why we back them with an industry-leading 100-day Money Back Guarantee.

If you're not 100% happy, return the products within 100 days for a full refund. We'll even cover the return shipping. It's our commitment to ensure that you're completely satisfied with your Maelove journey.

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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.

Fight aging skin with less irritation
  • 0.11% encapsulated retinal delivers prescription-level anti-aging benefits
  • Retinal increases skin collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycans content and blood flow
  • Retinal is less irritating then tretinoin and retinol at similar concentrations
Evens skin tone while hydrating and calming redness
  • Retinal increases cell turnover, decreases melanin transfer for more even skin tone
  • Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, squalane help mitigate the dryness of retinoids
  • Niacinamide, bisabolol, aloe and a comprehensive botanical blend mitigate redness/inflammation of retinoids
When to Use

For PM use only

How to Use

Apply a thin layer to the face, neck, and chest. Massage product in until it is fully absorbed. Layer your products from thinnest to thickest in texture, waiting a full minute between each product.

Start slowly 2-3 times a week at first to get your skin used to it before ramping up to daily use. Every few weeks, you may very slowly increase use as your skin adjusts, eventually working up to nightly use and layering if tolerated.

*Retinoids are not recommended during pregnancy or nursing. Instead, we recommend using our Night Renewer Glycolic Acid Cream.

Key Ingredients

Retinal (Retinaldehyde) (0.11%)

Supporting Ingredients

Niacinamide, Bisabolol (L-alpha), Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Ceramide-NP, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Michelia Alba (Magnolia) Flower Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Giant Knotweed) Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 1,930 reviews
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 days ago
    5 Stars

    I do love my maelove products. I did take a small break from them just to try a couple of other products but I'll be back.

  • TP
    Tanmay P.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Acne and blemishes, Fine lines and wrinkles, Sun Damage, Dark spots
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Unique, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    Very very good.

    Worth a reorder again and again. Loved it and face looks better from before.

  • VM
    Valerie M.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Redness and sensitivity, Acne and blemishes
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Gentle, Healing
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Best ever!

    I have used prescription tret and although its effective; in order to manage irritation, I have always had to layer with very thick moisturizing products. Very messy and I still have redness and sensitivity. Moonlight Retinal is perfect for me. I have only been using it a short time, and I wish I would have taken photos of fine lines and wrinkles before. Would highly recommend,

  • RS
    RANDY S.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Acne and blemishes, Oil control, Fine lines and wrinkles, Redness and sensitivity
    How old are you? 45-54
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago

    When I first started using this serum, I kind of wanted to hate it because I was NOT a fan of the yellow tinge or how readily it transferred to other things/fabrics.

    That said, I'm a huge fan now. Am I still annoyed by the yellow issues? Sure. I also mostly like scentless products, but this one's slightly citrus scent doesn't bother me. These things aside? I'm really happy about how well this retinal works, how quickly it soaks in/dries, and how great my skin is looking now that I've been using it for a while. Admittedly, I do use a few other products--mostly Maelove, so those surely help. I also should add that I've always taken great care of my skin, but Maelove products have elevated a good bit--especially the clarity of my skin.

  • SM
    Starla M.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Dry
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 weeks ago
    Moonlight Advanced Retinal Night Serum

    I couldn't be more happy with this product. I can really tell a difference in my skin!!

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For the Curious

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).

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.

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.

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 Plush 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.

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

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