Review: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1%

I have recently been using the new Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% on my skin as part of my evening regime.

The product comes in a 25ml tube, is accompanied by a 15ml Buffer Cream and retails for $145 AUD.

Dermalogica recommend that when introducing the product into your skin care routine that you mix the buffer cream with the serum to allow your skin to adjust to this clinical strength product. Once your skin has been conditioned and prepped, you can use the serum on its own or mix it with your moisturiser.

I was really excited to try this product. It contains the highest strength Vitamin A that can be sold without a prescription and I envisaged a flawless complexion in no time at all!

The serum is actually more like a paste, and alongside the active 1% pure retinol, it contains Vitamin C ( a powerful anti-oxidant and addresses uneven skin tone and pigmentation) , squalene ( to moisturise ), anti-ageing peptides, licorice extract ( another powerful anti-oxidant and soothng properties ) and polysaccharides ( to hydrate and prevent water loss or TEWL ).

The buffer cream has a really lovely texture that my dry skin loves, and allows for customisation of the product, as you can add a little or a lot to your serum depending on your skins ability to tolerate the product.

After several days of using this product, I noticed that all the other products in my regular regime (there are quite a few) started to tingle and irritate slightly on application. I also noticed some dry patches of skin forming under my eyes. I surmised that this was due to the strength of the new serum I was using and immediately stopped using it.

Once my skin had returned to normal, I reintroduced the serum back into my skincare routine, albeit gradually – like every second or third day. Once my toleration of the product improves, I will increase the frequency of use.

I love the results I saw when I started using this product, and it is something I would recommend for anyone concerned with anti-ageing, skin resurfacing or retexturising, pigmentation and brightening. However, proceed gently and with caution, as I totally underestimated how strong this product really was and wouldn’t want this for anyone else.

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