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Smooth & Brighten Eyes With The Benefits Of Pro-retinol

Found in moisturizers, serums and eye treatments, Pro-Retinol is an efficacious ingredient in anti-aging skincare routines. Derived from Vitamin A, Pro-Retinol is a gentle derivative of Retinol which is known as a gold standard ingredient that helps smooth and firm skin. At Kiehl’s we infuse our Youth Dose Eye Treatment with Pro-Retinol and Vitamin C along with Grape Seed Extract. This efficacious eye cream instantly benefits eyes by smoothing and brightening while helping to visibly reduce fine lines, dark circles and puffiness over time.

The History Behind Retinol

Discovered in 1909,IV Retinol’s chemical structure was first described in 1932 and isolated and crystallized in 1937. While it was first produced synthetically in 1946,V Retinol’s benefits for skin began to be recognized by scientists and used in dermatology in the 1960s. However, it was not until the 1980s that its anti-aging benefits were first realized. A difficult compound to stabilize, researchers found ways to implement it into skincare products in the second half of the 20th century.IV

Smooth and Brighten with our Eye Cream with Pro-Retinol

Youth Dose Eye Treatment

Give your eyes a dose of youth with our multi-powered eye cream with Pro-Retinol. With a unique and creamy texture, this smoothing and brightening treatment provides instant benefits for eyes while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles and puffy eyes over time.


Grape Seed Extract

Rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, Grape Seed Extract is known to help reduce dark circles and visibly brighten skin.

Vitamin C

A potent antioxidant, Vitamin C is known to help reduce the appearance of dark circles, boost radiance and smooth skin texture.

How to Apply

  • Apply 3 dots under the eye area
  • Gently pat and smooth under the eye area and along the orbital bone
  • Use alone or under makeup
  • Keep out of eyes
  • Can be used twice daily, morning and night

Protect Your Skin with a Daily Defense

Sun Protection

While Pro-Retinol does not increase sensitivity to the sun, sunscreen is an essential step in any anti-aging skincare routine. Daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50+ helps defend skin from harmful UV rays that can cause early signs of aging. Explore our guide to the best sunscreen for your skin type to help protect your skin and counteract future signs of aging.


I Fu PP, Xia Q, Boudreau MD, Howard PC, Tolleson WH, & Warner WG. (2007). Physiological role of retinyl palmitate in the skin. Vitamins and Hormones, 75:223-56.
II (2014, January 30). Dermatologists advise patients that over-the-counter acne products can have benefits and a place on their medicine shelf.
III Vahlquist A. (1982). Vitamin A in human skin: I. Detection and identification of retinoids in normal epidermis. J Invest Dermatol, 79:89-93.
IV Mukherjee, S., Date, A., Patravale, V., Korting, H. C., Roeder, A., & Weindl, G. (2006). Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: An overview of clinical efficacy and safety. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 1(4), 327-348. doi:10.2147/ciia.2006.1.4.327
V Semba, RD. (2012). On the ‘discovery’ of Vitamin A. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, 61(3):192-8. doi: 10.1159/000343124

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