Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum

Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 Stars (141 Reviews)
A light-as-air nighttime serum for your most youthful, luminous skin yet. 

Powered by Retinal—a skin-supercharging vitamin A derivative—plus micronutrient-rich forest actives and night-blooming flowers. Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum is a potent yet gentle ritual for evening skin texture and smoothing the appearance of fine lines.
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Why It’s Special

What’s Retinal?

Short for retinaldehyde, Retinal is a form of Vitamin A. It helps rewind the look of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting renewal and boosting collagen. 

Super potent, surprisingly gentle

Retinal is 20x more potent than Retinol. That’s why we chose it! It’s super effective in small doses, which means our formula taps into its full superpowers without setting off your skin.

Leave fine lines behind

Whether you’re looking to turn back the clock or get a head start, Retinal’s specialty is smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Smooth things over

Retinal plus micronutrient-rich plant actives work their magic each night, so you’ll notice improved skin texture and smaller-looking pores.

Refreshingly Different

Nothing to hide here. Just naturally awesome ingredients that help you achieve your healthiest, happiest skin.

Gentle on skin

Reduces appearance of lines

Smooths skin texture

Clean ingredients

Certified Plastic Negative

Vegan & cruelty-free

Pure, Powerful Ingredients

Formulated without petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or other suspect chemicals.

Retinal

A form of Vitamin A, Retinal helps rewind the look of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting renewal and boosting collagen

Four O’Clock Flower Cells

A night-blooming flower that works to revive skin radiance

Gardenia Stem Cells

Help rewind the look of fine lines and wrinkles by supporting collagen and elastin

Round-headed Bush Clover Extract

Works to enhance skin tone by promoting nighttime renewal

Plant-derived Ceramides

Help support the skin barrier while sealing in moisture

Ginger Root Extract

Helps soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness

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How to Use

Use 1-2 pumps at night before you apply your favorite moisturizer. Start by using 3 times a week and build up to nightly use. Daily AM sunscreen use recommended.


FAQ

Q: What is Retinal?

A: Short for retinaldehyde, Retinal is one of the strongest forms of Vitamin A available without a prescription. It helps rewind the look of fine lines and wrinkles by promoting renewal and boosting collagen. 


Like Retinal’s widely-known “cousin”, Retinol, both derivatives need to go through a conversion process at the level of the skin to reach their active state: Retinoic acid. Traditional Retinol is 2 steps away from this conversion. Since Retinal needs only 1 step, it’s able to get to work more quickly, and your skin is able to use it more effectively. 


TLDR: We like to think of Retinal as Retinol’s hard-working, super-skin-renewing cousin that you’ve always wanted to hang out with (and now you can).  


Q: How and when do I use this product? 

A: As part of your nightly ritual, apply 1-2 pumps of Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum before your moisturizer of choice. Start out slowly (3 times a week) to allow your skin to acclimate, before building up to nightly use. 


Already loving the other Ursa Major serums in your routine? We suggest using Vitamin C in the morning and either layering Mountain Glow over Lunar Bloom at night, or alternating every- other-night between the two serums. 

 

Non-negotiable: pair this nighttime serum with a daytime SPF (we’re partial to our Force Field SPF 30), as retinoids can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.


Q: How do I work this product into my existing serum routine?

A: One recommendation would be using Vitamin C in the morning and layering Mountain Glow over Lunar Bloom at night, or alternating every other night between the two serums. 


Q: Is it pregnancy safe?

A: This product is not recommended for those who are pregnant, nursing, or attempting to conceive. 


Q: What skin type is this suitable for? 

A: Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum works great for all skin types, even sensitive and acne-prone skin. This serum can keep both mature and young (and everywhere in between) skin glowing strong. 


Q: Is this safe for sensitive skin?

A: We chose Retinal specifically because of its efficacy—it’s 20x more potent than Retinol! That means we only needed to use a tiny bit (0.1%) in our formula. A tiny amount of potent Retinal is much easier on your skin than a larger amount of traditional Retinol—because your skin can’t absorb all that Retinol, and what's not absorbed can sit on skin and potentially cause unwanted side effects. We also added barrier-loving ingredients like plant-derived Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid. to soothe even the most sensitive skin types. 


No matter your skin type, but especially those with sensitive skin, begin using gradually (3 times a week) to allow your skin to adjust. And don’t forget daily SPF protection.


If you’re worried about how extra-sensitive skin might react, you can build a Retinal sandwich—AKA applying a layer of moisturizer both before and after your serum—when starting out.


Q: How do I recycle this product? 

A: When you run out, just give the glass container a rinse and recycle it at home. Because the plastic pump is a mixed material, it can’t be recycled at this time. 


Q: What is the aroma?

A: Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum is unscented.

Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum Reviews

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 141 reviews
141 reviews
  • Jeannette
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4/16/24
    5 Stars

    This serum is gentle but effective. Already seeing results after two weeks

  • Alissa B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    AGE RANGE 40's
    SKIN TYPE Combo
    SKIN CONCERN Breakouts
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4/15/24
    MAGIC

    I have the fussiest skin: combination but definitely more dry overall since I entered menopause. I have struggled with hormonal/cystic acne since my early 20s. I can't even think about how much money I have spent on skincare over the years only to have it just "sorta kinda" work, or worse, irritate my super-sensitive skin. This serum has been an absolute miracle worker so far. I wish I had taken "before" pictures. I started using it 2-3 times a week, then every other day, and now use it nightly and it is simultaneously clearing up my acne, evening my skintone, and smoothing my skin texture. It has completely replaced 2 other products I was alternating between at night. Soooooo happy with this and the results I'm seeing!

    Ursa Major Skincare
    4/15/24

    Woohoo! We are beyond thrilled to hear this, Alissa! So happy you gave our Lunar Bloom Retinal Serum a try and wishing you radiant skin for days to come!!!

  • Bredt H.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    AGE RANGE 50's+
    SKIN TYPE Dry
    SKIN CONCERN Fine Lines
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4/14/24
    Love it!

    I've tried, and still use, all three Ursa Major serums. Lunar Bloom is now part of my nightly routine.

    I still use Mountain Glow in the morning, and occasionally Vitamin C serum, which is especially good after chlorine exposure from swimming.

  • Margaret M.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    AGE RANGE 50's+
    SKIN TYPE Balanced
    SKIN CONCERN Uneven Texture
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4/13/24
    Lunar Bloom Goodness

    I love the texture of this serum.

  • Lauren D.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    AGE RANGE 50's+
    SKIN TYPE Dry
    SKIN CONCERN Fine Lines
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4/12/24
    Another winning product from Ursa Major.

    I love this product. It glides in nicely, has a pleasant fragrance, AND doesn’t burn or cause any irritation. Thank you for creating this. I am so happy to have discovered Ursa Major.

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