Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% Review

Retinol, the anti-ageing super power has recently become a familiar part of many peoples skincare routines, and thanks to dermalogica, introducing a clinical strength formula into your routine has now become even easier. Today I would like to share my thoughts on the dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% that has been renewing my skin for the past few months.

Dermalogica 1% Retinol

You may remember I shared my thoughts on the original dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair, which is 0.5% and perfect for someone wanting to introduce a Retinol product into their routine. The latest addition to the *dermalogica Retinol arsenal is for those skin types that are already accustomed to Retinol, as it contains a whopping 1% microencapsulated pure Retinol. Aside from the Retinol active, this formula also contains a powerful Bioactive Peptide and antioxidant Vitamin C to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, uneven skin tone and discolouration. There are also hydrating and soothing ingredients such as Squalane and Licorice Extract. But, my favourite part of both this 1% and the previous 0.5% Retinol, and what sets dermalogica apart from the rest, is the Buffer Cream, which allows you to introduce the product to your skin at your own pace, which minimises the risk of flaking and irritation as the skin acclimates. The Buffer Cream is also excellent used on its own as a face cream when your skin is feeling rundown or sensitive, or after facial treatments.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% Review

As you can see, the 1% comes in an air-tight pump bottle which I love, as opposed to the tube of the 0.5%!

I must say I underestimated the strength of this! At first, I used it as directed, mixed with the Buffer Cream until my skin was accustomed. I then started using it alone every second day, and my skin was less clogged and more refined and I was super happy with the results. I then started using it every day, after using my Glycolic Acid cleanser, and that’s when it happened, the Retinol reaction, my skin felt rough and started flaking lightly, and I knew it was time to stop the cleanser, as it was just too much for my skin to follow Glycolic Acid with a Retinol of this strength. It is important to always listen to your skin. I personally love the Retinol reaction, I love revealing new healthy skin, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing the skincare you are using is doing the job it is supposed to. When you first start using a Retinol product it is normal to feel slight tingling, I like to think of it as your cells waking up and actually starting to work again! Just remember to always use sun protection (which you should be doing anyway), but it is even more important when using Retinol.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% Review

The new dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% is great for the advanced Retinol user, and it really delivers! Since this product is Clinical Strength, it is available exclusively at professional skin care centres.

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This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Caroline

    I love retinol in skincare but I prefer The Ordinary’s retinoids as they’re so much more affordable than Dermalogica xx

    1. admin

      I have bought The Ordinary Retinol and Retinoid but haven’t gotten around to trying them yet since I have been testing this. Definitely will give it a go!

  2. Maisie

    I always hear such great things about Deemalogica but I’m still yet to try anything from their range! I’ll keep my eye out for this though! x

    1. admin

      It is a lovely product for anti ageing and to revitalise the skin!

    1. admin

      It is amazing! I love that it is customisable too!

  3. Sarah

    I’ve never used retinol before, not sure what it is if I’m honest, slowly learning all the ropes of makeup and skincare hah

    1. admin

      Haha, think of it as jumper cables to kickstart your skin into producing collagen and working optimally again!

  4. Beky Morris

    I’ve never used Dermalogica before and never really done much research into retinol but I’ve heard so many things about how good it is i really think i need to try out both!

    1. admin

      I swear by retinol, my skin always looks noticeably better, and as soon as I stop using it, it gets clogged and dull!

  5. Gemma Louise

    I haven’t tried anything from this brand but I must do soon!

    1. admin

      I love dermalogica! They are quite expensive, but the products really deliver!

  6. This products sounds amazing! I haven’t used Dermalogica products in a few years but they’re always amazing – must give this a try. x

    1. admin

      It is lovely! I am so happy with the 1%, it really exceeded my expectations!

  7. Erin

    I dont have retinol in my skincare yet but I know so many people who rave about it! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. admin

      My skin looks terrible when I stop using it, it starts looking clogged and dull. It definitely works for me!

  8. Rosie

    This is such a good read! I’ve never heard of this but will defo be keeping an eye out now!

    1. admin

      Thanks Rosie! Yip, I love retinol, and my skin would be lost without it!

  9. R Fourie

    What about sensitive, rosacea skin?

    1. admin

      I would say first get a sample of the 0.5% Reonette, and see how it goes. But because it has the buffer cream I think you can start off low and then slowly build up the ratio.

  10. Mel

    I really want to try out some products from this brand.
    This sounds really good and I do enjoy incorporating retinol into my routine already.

    1. admin

      I was so surprised by the efficacy of this, I didn’t expect it to be so effective and active.

  11. Lady Writes

    I haven’t tried this one but I do love Dermalogica so much x

    1. admin

      Me too! I am such a fan of the brand!

  12. Issybellefox

    This sounds really good, I’m gong to bear it in mind for when I feel like my skin needs a pamper.

    1. admin

      It is amazing, but just bear in mind that it needs to be use consistently over a period of time to see results 🙂

  13. Alice Spake

    I haven’t tried this range before but I love Dermalogica products. I swear by their clay mask xx

    1. admin

      Me too! The charcoal rescue mask? I love that one too!

  14. Megan McCoig

    Wow I had no idea about the power of Retinol. I’ve never actually used any products that contain it I don’t think. So interestkng! Xx

    1. admin

      It is amazing! If there is one thing I need in my routine its’ Retinol!

    1. admin

      Yip, definitely do! I love that it is clinical strength but still customisable!

  15. Emma

    Oohhh – it’s only been the last six months that I’ve been using Retinol & I love it!! I’ll add this to my list to try!
    Em x

    1. admin

      It is amazing at the results it delivers, unbelievable!

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