Launch – Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

overnight retinol repair

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll be expecting photos from a launch that includes glasses of prosecco and cupcakes or cute canapes. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint but on this occasion those grumpy London cabbies decided to stage a protest in the Strand (no relation!) that clogged up the whole of central London and prevented me from visiting the lovely folk at Dermalogica in One New Change.

Whilst I wasn’t committed enough to the cause to walk across London at the end of a long day at work I did find out what all the fuss was about – it’s Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair is heralded as a powerful treatment cream that accelerates skin renewal and reduces the appearance of skin aging overnight. It has active microencapsulated pure Retinol which helps to increase collagen production and cell turnover. It uses powerful peptides and antioxidant Vitamin C to help fight the signs of aging including uneven skin tone and discoloration. The bioenergized Copper amino acid complex aims to reduce visible wrinkles and improve skin firmness. It comes with a moisturising Buffer Cream to help skin acclimate to the highly active form of Retinol. It’s made without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens.

As well as the retinol these are the additional active ingredients that work with it for maximum effect:

  • copper amino acid complex to help reduce wrinkles
  • peptide palmitoyl tripeptide-5 to boost collagen formation
  • a unique tri-peptide to stimulate hyaluronic acid and collegen synthesis for smoother skin and reduction of wrinkle depth
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate (stabilised vitamin C) to support collagen synthesis and offer antioxidant protection
  • ceramides to help restore the skin’s barrier properties
  • a sugar hydration complex to increase moisture and soften lines
  • glycyrrhizate (liquorice) and lavender botanicals to soothe

Now as you know, I’m no skin care expert, just someone who has, over time, read about and tried a fair few products and told you what I think about them. I do tend to have a few things that I bear in mind when considering whether to use a product or not. First of all I have a bit of an “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” approach and secondly I try to use things that are kind and gentle to my skin. So I was a little concerned to read that retinol is a highly active molecule which affects the physiology of the skin and may lead to itching, burning, redness and peeling in some people.

Of course, the first thing I should say is that Dermalogica products are designed to be used on the recommendation of a qualified skin care specialist and additionally there are clear instructions on how to minimise any adverse reaction by using small applications of the product to build up resistance over time. The Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair also comes with a buffer cream to mix with it while the skin is adjusting to the treatment.

Now, I have a fair few wrinkles, but I don’t consider that my skin is too bad for its 58 years. So I’ve been asking the questions – do I need this product? Should I give it a try? Will it cause me any damage?

Having discussed it people who’ve tried this themselves I feel reassured that it’s perfectly safe to use, you just need to follow a couple of rules:

  • Don’t use it with any other retinol product
  • To begin with, use 1 part retinol repair to 3 parts buffer cream
  • Initially only use the product every other night
  • After a week or so you can start to increase the level of retinol and decrease the buffer cream until you are eventually using solely the retinol repair

So I’ve decided to give this a try. I would say that if you are considering it yourself you might want to take into account the following:

  • Dermalogica is a superb brand, you’re in safe hands
  • You can get your face mapped by Dermalogica and this will help you to discover what your skin needs
  • It’s not a cheap option at £79.00 here so make sure that it’s for you and apply it as directed

As always I’ll be following this up with a review telling you how the product worked for me. It would be great if you would share your thoughts and experiences too.


This product has been gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and are not prescribed.


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