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RETINOL Night Routine – Using the Sleeping Beauty Hero



Daisy Churchward

Daisy Churchward

skinSense share their insights on how to create a solid anti-ageing beauty regime without overloading your skin - or budget.

“Skincare shouldn’t be one size fits all” says Abi Cleeve, skin expert and founder of skinSense. Choosing products specific to your needs and ensuring their correct application means you can actually reap the benefits.

Consistently championed by dermatologists, retinol (Vitamin A) is a powerful ingredient that reverses signs of ageing such as wrinkles and fine lines. Essentially, it works by stimulating the natural cell-renewal process, supporting a more youthful-looking complexion.

If you want to know more about retinol, make sure to read our guide to the sleeping beauty hero here.

Following a retinol night routine can energise the nightly restorative cycle, rejuvenating the skin’s structure with #gorgeous results. Here’s how to do it without overloading your skin (or budget), with a little help from skinSense’s world-class specialists.

Creating the Perfect Skincare Regime – Less is More

“We all have a skin wish-list (as well as our own individual skincare challenges) and the choices out there just keep growing! I believe that knowing your skin, focusing on its needs and selecting hard-working, multi-tasking products is the best way to get results whilst protecting your skin, purse and the environment from overload and excess”.

Before starting your nightly beauty regime, therefore, it’s a good idea to stop and think about:

  • What type of skin do I have – dry, sensitive, reactive, oily?
  • What results do I want to achieve?
  • What products do I already use?

Asking questions allows you to make better decisions. With so many skincare choices available, it’s easy to assume we need them all in order to achieve happy, healthy skin. But that’s really not the case.

Following a Retinol Night Routine

According to skinSense’s founder, “ As we sleep our skin is busy recharging and regenerating. During this time, it’s highly receptive to active ingredients which help to stimulate new cell turnover and repair environmental damage. It’s this receptiveness which makes night time is the perfect chance to give the skin an extra ‘boost’.”

One such ingredient is retinol – which even at a low dose has proven skincare benefits. By regularly supercharging an existing night-time routine with retinol it’s possible to encourage the skin’s natural renewal process, resulting in brighter, fresher-looking skin.

Remember that skin needs change throughout the year, with weather conditions and temperature alterations. This means your night routine should be adjusted with some frequency to ensure it offers optimum care. Retinol usage can be easily adjusted, for example. It can be added and taken out of a beauty regime, whether you’re new to the ingredient or a seasoned user.

1. Using a Retinol Night Cream or Serum

After cleansing, a night cream or serum provide much-needed moisture to the skin. They’re especially important if you’ve got a dry complexion.

Some products boast retinol for the added anti-ageing benefits. The dosage of retinol in each cream or serum can vary – make sure to adjust your choice according to your skin type and needs.

For example, the skinSense Retinol Serum helps restore youthfulness when your skin’s showing the tell-tale signs of ageing. It’s got a retinol concentration of 0.3% which is suitable for those who are new to the sleeping beauty hero as well as for veterans of hard-hitting skincare ingredients.

If you’re seeking something with a bit more power, the brand’s newest retinol serum is the perfect pick. The skinSense Double Strength Retinol Night Serum has a retinol concentration of 0.6%, which allows you to progress in ingredient potency and treatment strength. It also stars lamellar-protected Hyaluronic Acid to effectively re-hydrate the skin above and below the surface. This night serum is especially formulated for people who already use retinol in their routine.

2. Adding Retinol Night Drops for a Personalised Treatment

Another way to incorporate the champion ingredient into your beauty routine is to use the skinSense Anti-Ageing Retinol Booster Night Drops.

The Retinol Booster Night Drops are a simple and effective way to boost a favourite night cream at a level and frequency which suits individual skin types, including those new to retinol, or with sensitive skin who require a low dosage.

Make sure to integrate the drops into a diverse regime of antioxidant-rich and moisturising formulas and to check if you’re not overpowering your skin with retinol.

Top Tip #1: Take your favourite night cream and add 1 to 3 drops of the Retinol Booster Night Drops for an effective and powerful night time treatment.

  • 1 Drop = up to 0.3% Retinol* (For those who are new to retinol and are looking for a gentle introduction into their night time routine.)
  • 2 Drops = up to 0.6% Retinol* (Perfect for supercharging your routine with a powerful, yet stable boost of retinol.)
  • 3 Drops = up to 0.9% Retinol* (For more robust skin types and those already using retinol in their nightly routine. Add 3 drops to your body cream to tackle rough skin on elbows and knees.)

*When mixed with 3 average-sized pumps of a secondary product sufficient for the face and neck.

Top Tip #2: Why not balance your routine by treating the skin to a deeply hydrating treatment every other night? This will help reduce any risk of sensitivity as you increase the retinol dosage and further increasing hydration levels and reducing a dull and lacklustre complexion. Try the award-winning skinSense Overnight Leave on Mask.

Browse skinSense’s signature anti-ageing collection here.

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