Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair: Bridging That Gap Between Low-Grade Retinol and The Super Concentrated Stuff

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

Over a year ago, I wrote about a good starter retinol serum that’s great for anyone who’s ready to dip their toes into the wonderful world of retinol. It’s still a good serum and still one that I would happily recommend but if you’d like to try out a retinol serum that’s slightly more concentrated that the 0.1% one but don’t want to push too far to 1% retinol yet, here’s a retinol serum that would bridge that gap.

Say hello to Dermalogica’s Overnight Retinol Repair!

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

This contains 0.5% encapsulated retinol that helps increase collagen production and cell turnover, peptides and antioxidant Vitamin C to help reduce uneven skin tone and discolouration. It’s a concentrated night time retinol treatment cream that can help soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of skin aging.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair Ingredients

The serum is a lightweight, almost mousse-like cream when squeezed from the bottle. It feels more like a moisturising cream than a serum but as it’s meant to go on the skin after cleansing and toning and before the moisturiser, I’m calling it a serum. I’ve been using a 1% retinol serum for many months prior to this and I’ve had no adverse reactions with that serum. As this contained a lower concentration of retinol, I had no problems with this serum either. It would have been better if this serum contained a higher percentage of retinol but like I said before, as a bridge or even starter serum, I think this works a treat.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

The Overnight Retinol Repair continued to work on keeping my skin in tip-top condition. It helped to soften my fine lines, to make my skin plump and smooth and to continue to keep it an overall boing-boing texture and feeling. It smells like lavender, which is simply lovely compared to other retinol serums I’ve tried, which, to be honest, stinks in the scent department.

Another good thing about this serum is that it doesn’t just come on its own. The Overnight Retinol Repair also comes with a Buffer cream, which is a lightweight moisturiser that helps to acclimatise the skin to the active form of retinol. Dermalogica recommends that you mix the retinol cream with the Buffer Cream and apply it to cleansed skin at night. Once your skin has acclimatised to the retinol, you may use the retinol cream on its own. As I’ve used higher concentrations of retinol prior to this, I skipped the Buffer cream and used the serum on its own without any issues. The Buffer cream can be used as a standalone moisturiser.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair Swatch

All in all, this is a good retinol serum. If you haven’t given retinol a go before, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this. Head over to a Dermalogica counter and ask if they have samples of this you can try out before splashing out on a full-sized pack. As this product contains retinol, please consult a physician before use if you’re pregnant or breastfeeling. This is not recommended for use within 72 hours of waxing or exfoliation.

As for me, now that I’ve finished this tube of retinol, it’s time to shoot for the concentrated stuff. Hello 2% retinol, here I come!

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

Dermalogica’s Overnight Retinol Repair pack comes with a Buffer Cream and retails at AU$135.00 per pack. This is available at all Dermalogica counters and selected pharmacies nationwide. Dermalogica is also available on Adore Beauty (it’s cheaper there!).

What I like about it: A good 0.5% retinol serum that gave me all the good things retinol does without any of the adverse effects. Smells great too!

What I do not like about it: It’s pretty pricey compared to other Dermalogica serums.

Have you tried this serum before? Are you a fan of retinol products too? If you are, what’s your favourite?

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9 comments… add one
  1. Yip

    The buffer cream seems like an interesting concept! I’d love to try it but it seems a bit too pricey for me
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    1. Tine

      It’s pricey for Dermalogica, I must admit. It’s a decent retinol serum though, definitely something to keep in mind. 🙂

  2. Victoria

    I would love to try this but I wonder how much this would cost in Malaysia. I did not realised that the usage of Retinol is not recommended during breastfeeding? I am still breastfeeding my son though. I will probably do some research on this before buying any Retinol products. Thanks for the review 🙂

    1. Tine

      Yeah you might want to give retinols a miss as you’re still breastfeeding. But just to be doubly sure, I recommend checking with your doctor on this 🙂

  3. MonicaP

    I love Dermalogica products (pre-cleans being my fav) .. haven’t heard of this duo, but will check it out next time I’m at Ulta.

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    1. Tine

      Oooh their Pre-Cleanse is fab! 🙂

  4. Jane

    Or you can skip the expensive over the counter Retinols and use prescribed Retinoids – super heavy duty stuff! And it only costs me $12 for a tube that lasts 8 months, as I claim it off my private health insurance.

    1. Tine

      Hahahaha I’m good! Don’t need the super heavy duty stuff … yet! 😛

  5. Kasandra

    I love 1% ORR . I am a dermalogica specialist. There is no 2% ORR . You must start with .05% with buffer cream . Then after that you go to 1% with buffer cream. Just to make sure your skin will tolerate the change!

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