Retinol, the main ingredients in the product Green Cream, is one of the best anti-aging skin care ingredients because it’s been proven to help with fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, acne, and it helps achieve smoother, brighter looking skin.
Green Cream – Level 6
Even though I normally use TX Systems Afirm for my retinol cream, for some reason I was bored and thought I’d try something new. I also was using the prescription acne/wrinkle cream Differin, but had a mix-up with my prescription, so I decided to see what would happen if I went off Differin and just used a non-prescription product.
When I wrote about different retinol products to try, someone suggested Green Cream. I was initially hesitant to try it because the fifth ingredient in it is a pore-clogger, so it doesn’t seem like a good idea to use on acne-prone skin (even though retinol itself is good for acne). But I threw caution to the wind and bought it anyway, since no one who reviewed it on makeupalley.com complained of getting breakouts from it.
I’ve been using the Green Cream Level 6 (.6% retinol) for a week now and have had no problems with it, and no breakouts so far, luckily. The product comes in three levels – Level 3 (.3% retinol), Level 6 (.6% retinol), and Level 9 (.9% retinol). Level 3 is for people with sensitive skin, or someone that hasn’t used any retinol products and wants to start out slow. Level 6 is for most skin types, and Level 9 is for people that can tolerate higher percentages of retinol. My plan is to work my way up to Level 9 to see the maximum benefits. All levels of the Green Cream contain much more retinol than drugstore products, so if you really want to see results, buying retinol products at the drugstore just isn’t going to do much.
The Green Cream is a little bit drying, which can be expected from any high-potency retinol product, but my face hasn’t even peeled, which is good, because a lot of retinol products have caused me to peel. I’ve noticed my face is more sensitive to certain ingredients (glycolic acid, chemical sunscreen ingredients) and that can be expected, at least initially. It will take 6-8 weeks to start seeing the full benefits from the product, so after a week, my face looks the same as always.
The packaging on the Green Cream is excellent, because it keeps the retinol potent by protecting it from light and air. Overall so far I’m happy with the Green Cream, and hope to see results from it. Technically I wouldn’t recommend it for someone with acne-prone skin since it does have that one pore clogging ingredient, but I’ve had no breakouts from it, even though I’m very acne-prone. And in case you’re wondering why it’s called Green Cream – it’s because the product is green (they picked the color randomly). If you aren’t acne-prone, Green Cream should be a great high-potency retinol product to try.
UPDATE!!! The second ingredient in Green Cream is Ethanol, and despite all the research I’ve done about ingredients, I initially overlooked the fact that Ethanol is a type of alcohol (and the type that is bad for your skin because it’s overly drying and harsh). Because of this, I am no longer recommending Green Cream and would choose a different retinol product instead. People still see good results with Green Cream, but there are alternatives that are gentler for your skin.