Hello Everyone, I hope you had a lovely and productive week! I am still kept incredibly busy with work and especially with studying for my aesthetics exams but I managed to whip up a little extra energy to scribble down this little post for you.
Before starting with my review, I would like to thank Super Facialist for sending me a few pieces of their range. I really enjoyed writing the ‘Great Winter Skin with Super Facialist’ series because I felt I discovered some lovely pieces from their range all on a budget price. This is the third and concluding part of the series where I’m reviewing the Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Renewing Night Cream.
As I mentioned before, Super Facialist is very much in tune what the modern skin needs and has a very smart, carefully curated, well-formulated selection of products. One of the most sought-after ingredients in past few years has been Retinol, especially after that otherwise unfortunately uninformed BBC documentary last year. Super Facialist have had Retinol in their range for years but I haven’t tried it yet, so I was excited to have a go.
The benefits of Retinol have been known for a long time, however, it has had a little bit of a moment in the past few years since entering the budget beauty world and people realizing how effective it is when it comes to keeping the skin looking great. Retinol is an antioxidant that restores the skin, it stimulates the production of new skin cells and helps to fade marks, scars, pigmentation. Retinol was originally used to help acne scarring but now it is basically the Holy Grail of anti-ageing, a powerful beauty tool for the skincare savvy. Retinol products are powerful enough to reverse some of the signs of ageing of the skin, they brighten, tighten, even out the skin tone and reduce the look of fine lines, even helping to prevent the breakdown of collagen to some extent. Retinol comes in all shapes and sizes, there are different strengths available and you can use it in many different ways, in many different forms (creams, serums, boosters, treatments etc.).
This Super Facialist formula uses Retinyl Palmitate which is the ester of retinol (vitamin A). It is not considered to be the same ingredient as retinol, although it is converted to retinol, and then to the active component of retinoic acid once it is absorbed by the skin after being applied to the skin. Retinyl Palmitate is considered a less irritating form of retinol, and a gentler ingredient on sensitive skin. However, the reason Retinyl Palmitate may cause less irritation is because of the lengthier process that must take place for it to be converted into Retinoic Acid (otherwise known as Tretinoin). Retinyl Palmitate converts into Retinol (or vitamin A), which in turn is converted into Retinoic Acid by specialized enzymes in the skin. Retinoic Acid facilitates communication between cells, encouraging ageing cells to continue their renewal process, and regenerate collagen and elastin to prevent the appearance of ageing skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. It is also effective at producing new, healthy skin cells to replace skin previously damaged by ageing. However, Retinol cannot communicate with a cell until it has been broken down into Retinoic Acid. Once this breakdown has occurred, communication begins and the cells’ turnover rate increases, thus speeding up the production of collagen.
If you are over 35, introducing Retinol to your skincare routine is one of the best things you can do, but do gently and slowly, the skin has to get used to it.
I have been using the Retinol+ Renewing Night Cream since November twice a week, which I think a sufficient time to get to know the product so here are the details:
Packaging: glass pot with a plastic lid, quite heavy.
What it is: a rich, Retinol-infused night cream.
Percentage of retinol used: it was measured at 0.108% in the finished product
Who it is for: I’d say this one is for the 40+
The claim: “A unique anti-aging treatment cream designed to work through the night – when skin is believed to be the most receptive. The cream is enriched with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and proven collagen boosting active to target wrinkles and lines. With regular use, skin appears renewed and feels firmer and smoother.”
How to use it: this should be part of your PM routine, gently massage it onto clean face and neck after cleansing. If your skin is not used to Retinol yet, introduce it to your skin care routine slowly, use every third night for a week, then alternate nights for a week before moving to daily use.
How it worked for me: this one was my favourite out of the three I received. I use the cream at least twice a week after cleansing, and a Hyaluronic Acid serum. The texture of the formula is rich, soft, velvety and a bit on the heavy side but it feels incredibly nourishing and hydrating at the same time. It doesn’t have any particular smell either which, I’m sure is good news for many of you. As you know I use glycolic acid and Vitamin C regularly too but I do it on alternate nights, I handle retinol as a completely stand-alone treatment. Even after the first night of use (despite Retynil Palmitate working slowly) my skin felt so nourished and plumped, I was impressed. After months of use, I already noticed my skin is a bit brighter, more even, firmer than before so I will definitely keep using it, I am intrigued to see further improvement.
Value for money: Excellent as always, you get 50ml for £19.99.
This formula is cruelty-free, paraben-free, oil-free, Phthalate-free, alcohol-free, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is available in Boots in the UK.