Dermalogica® introduced the latest addition to its AGE Smart® range, Overnight Retinol Repair. Drawing on one of the most powerful ingredients recommended by medical professionals to radically treat the signs of aging, Overnight Retinol Repair accelerates skin renewal, reverses the signs of photo-aging, improves skin tone, and increases skin firmness. It is also the first-ever retinol treatment to offer a unique customization option, allowing users to enjoy the benefits of a retinoid while experiencing maximum comfort and efficacy.
Key to the formula is 0.5% retinol, pure Vitamin A, which has been demonstrated to reverse both the signs of intrinsic aging (genetics) as well as extrinsic aging (environmental). Studies have shown that retinol significantly restores the structural integrity of the skin, accelerating cell turnover and renewal, stimulating collagen production, improving epidermal thickness, and increasing elastin biosynthesis. The retinol molecule on its own, however, is chemically unstable, degrading with exposure to sunlight and air, so Dermalogica® utilizes microencapsulation technology to retain stability, maintaining concentration levels. The microencapsulation technology used in Overnight Retinol Repair also allows for a controlled-release delivery system which enables the active retinol to penetrate deeply into the skin for optimum results.
As part of Dermalogica’s AGE Smart, Overnight Retinol Repair draws on several additional active ingredients that work together to reduce the appearance of aging skin:
• Peptides – Peptide Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (PT-5) to boost collagen formation, treat wrinkles, and firm skin – A unique tripeptide to stimulate hyaluronic acid and collagen synthesis, for smoother skin and reduction of wrinkle-depth
• Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized Vitamin C) to support collagen synthesis and offer antioxidant protection in combating free radicals
• A unique bioenergized Copper (Cu++) Amino Acid Complex, clinically proven to help reduce visible wrinkles and increase collagen and elastin production
• Ceramides and polysaccharides to help restore the skin’s barrier properties and increase moisture within the skin to soften lines • Natural botanicals Lavender and Licorice Root to help calm and soothe irritated skin.
While the benefits of using retinol on the skin are numerous, skin irritation can be a common side effect, with some individuals experiencing itching, burning, redness, and peeling. To minimize this “retinoid reaction,” Dermalogica® recommends pre-conditioning the skin, starting with small concentrations of retinol application so skin can build up natural retinoid receptors and a tolerance to the ingredient over time. Taking this recommendation one step further, Dermalogica® includes a new Buffer Cream with Overnight Retinol Repair, allowing users to control the concentration of retinol being applied to skin, and further helping them adjust to the active ingredient.
Containing 8% aloe vera extract, Buffer Cream soothes and moisturizes, without any ingredients that may exacerbate retinol irritation. Users may customize their experience, using as much or little of the Buffer Cream as they need. During initial use, Dermalogica® recommends starting with a mix of one part Overnight Retinol Repair to three parts Buffer Cream, and gradually in versing the ratios as skin acclimates to the treatment. Once a tolerance has been built, each individual can take a personalized approach, depending on skin’s comfort level, type, and condition.
This new skin care system, which includes Overnight Retinol Repair and Buffer Cream, will be available at authorized Dermalogica® spa, salons and skin centers nationwide.