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Alex Malek


BeautyBio R45 Review: Before and After Using Retinol

I have always been someone who takes skincare seriously. I believe that healthy skin is the foundation of any makeup look. So naturally, when I heard about BeautyBio’s award-winning R45 The Reversal retinol system, I had to give it a try.

I am going to take you on my 45-day skincare journey and document my experience using R45, including my unfiltered before and after results. I’ve also included some helpful information on retinol and the benefits it can have for all skin types. Whether you’re struggling with acne or just starting to think about anti-aging, retinol can be your new best friend.

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Why Retinol?

Retinol is a powerful ingredient that offers a wide range of skincare benefits (reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture and tone, clear up acne). The key to using retinol is to start slowly and gradually work your way up to higher levels. You also need to be sure to wear sunscreen during the day, as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

What is BeautyBio’s R45 The Reversal?

If you don’t know what this is, R45 The Reversal is a three-phase retinol treatment that targets skin concerns such as aging, acne, and uneven skin tone. Completing all three phases takes about 45 days and they increase in retinol strength so that you can enjoy the benefits of retinol without the harsh side effects. 

As someone who has always had a little bit of trouble with acne, and is now starting to see the signs of aging, this 45-day solution seemed like the perfect fit for me.

Benefits of R45:

  • Smooth fine lines & wrinkles
  • Tighten enlarged pores 
  • Erase dark & age spots
  • Encourage collagen production
  • Diminish the appearance of dark spots and age spots
  • Repair uneven skin tone

Phase One:

The first step on my #R45DayChallenge. For me, Phase One was all about getting my skin used to the retinol. Retinol products are hit or miss for my skin, so I was a little nervous about how my skin would react. Luckily, the gentle formula of Phase One meant that I didn’t have any irritation or peeling.

As phase one came to an end, I noticed my breakouts were beginning to clear up, and I hadn’t had any new breakouts. There were no major changes, but it was definitely the start of something.

Phase Two:

This is when you start to see results from the system. You’ll notice that the retinol cream in phase two is slightly darker in color than in phase one. This is because it contains more retinol. (the more yellow in color, the higher the retinol concentration)

I was a bit nervous about this, as my skin can be sensitive, but again, all went well. I was delighted to see that scars from breakouts were starting to lighten. I did have one small breakout in the beginning, because it was that time of the month, however, it cleared pretty quickly! My skin definitely felt smoother and looked brighter.

Phase Three:

The final phase of R45 is Phase Three: This phase is the most intense of the three, with the highest level of retinol. By this point, my skin was used to the treatment, so I didn’t have any issues with irritation or peeling. The results during this phase were the most dramatic. My skin felt amazing the entire time. My skin tone was much more even and dark spots were significantly lighter!

Before + After Photos

Overall, I am absolutely thrilled with the results of my #R45DayChallenge. I would highly recommend this system to anyone who is new to retinol and looking to improve their skin’s texture, tone, and overall appearance.

Other Things to Know

  • the product may last longer than 45 days
  • apply this product at night before bed
  • before applying the R45, use your GloPRO – this will enhance your results from the treatment!
  • after applying R45, follow with a moisturizer that doesn’t contain retinol or any acid – I LOVE this moisturizer.
  • To maintain your results, it is recommended to use the R45 system twice a year and incorporate a gentle retinol product into your usual skincare routine. My preference is the Nightly Retinol Repair Serum. The Nightly Serum is gentler than the R45, but still provides all of the amazing benefits of retinol.
  • Right now they’re offering a FREE full-size Nightly Retinol Repair Serum (worth $95) with any R45 purchase!

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If you’re someone who is new to retinol, struggling with acne, or starting to see the signs of aging, retinol might just be your new best friend. Be patient, and start slowly, but trust me, the results will be worth it!

 This post was created in collaboration with BeautyBio. All opinions are my own!

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