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The Secret Ingredient to Younger Looking Skin… Revealed!

There is a continued rising demand for products that help treat the visible signs of ageing. Signs of ageing can be visible even in your 20’s including fine lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration. With age comes skin structural changes that affect its appearance. External factors including sun damage, lifestyle habits and other internal factors also contribute to ageing skin. In your 20s cell renewal and turnover rates begin to decline, in your 30s skin collagen and elastin degrade resulting in wrinkles, by your 40s skin is thinner, lipids are not as pronounced and more prominent sign of ageing appear such as dark spots and dullness. After your 50s the protective barrier lessens leading to skin that is less able to retain moisture leading to more wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation.


This is where retinoid comes in. Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives that help boost collagen product, accelerate skin renewal and increate cell turnover. Retinoids decrease the amount of collagen breakdown and also help stimulate production of new collagen. The strongest Retinoid form available without prescription is Retinol and causes far less skin irritation than Retinoic Acid.  While Retinol has been used in skin care products for many years, it is only in the last 10 years that Retinol was researched specifically for treating aged skin. Scientific studies have found that Retinol regulates cell growth, stimulates collagen synthesis, and prevents deterioration of connective tissue.

The benefits of using Retinol on the skin are huge but there are two main challenges that arise using Retinol on the skin. Skin Irritation and Stability. Skin can respond to Retinol in the early phases with itching, burning and peeling and due to the chemical structure of the Retinol molecule, care must be taken to ensure exposure to light, air and other molecules is minimised.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair Helix

Unstable Chemical Structure of Retinol Molecule 

Dermalogica have come up with the first ever-customizable nighttime retinol treatment. The treatment comes with a buffer cream so you are in control. This helps provide maximum results with minimum skin irritation. The gentle formula helps skin acclimatize to highly active levels of Retinol in the Overnight Retinol Repair. In the initial stages of use the Buffer cream should be mixed with the Retinol while skin builds retinoid receptors. For the first two weeks, mix one part Overnight Retinol Repair with three parts Buffer Cream. As skin adjusts, transition to nightly use and gradually increase ratio. If the Buffer Cream is depleted substitute with your favourite Dermalogica Moisturiser.Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

So why is it an overnight treatment? The first reason is to preserve integrity of the retinol by not exposing it to sunlight. The second reason is to work on clean skin without interacting with other topically applied products, and thirdly the retinol will work with the body’s natural nighttime circadian rhythm when cell renewal is at its prime.
Overnight Retinol Repair

Our lovely RY Trial Team gave the Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair a go and here’s what they had to say:

“It was a great idea to add a buffer cream to this to allow your skin to adjust to the retinol, I’ve noticed that my skin feels smoother and feels slightly firmer.” – Nerida

I applied this overnight daily and every morning, my complexion is always glowing and feels so smooth! Definitely a high end product to always have at hand.” – Livia @livvvybaby

“I noticed not only the plumping of my skin but also, there was a noticeable lack of dry skin flakes. You definitely notice how hydrated you skin is even after just applying it. ” – @beauty_snippets

Retinol is your answer to younger looking skin. Try Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair today!

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