Hold onto your seats, you guys, because your love affair with vitamin A is about to be taken to a whole new level.
We all know that retinol (AKA vitamin A) is one of skin care’s greatest ingredients. Thanks to its ability to promote cell turnover and skin renewal, it’s pretty much the go-to for fighting lines and wrinkles, improving elasticity and firmness, smoothing out tone and texture, sloughing away congestion, and just generally working overtime to help your skin reach its maximum potential. It sounds like magic, but it’s simply just the beauty of science.
We’ve all likely been getting our (gradually-built) hit of retinol from the usual suspects: moisturisers, serums and treatments. But now things are a’changing and there’s a new way to get your dose of vitamin A, and we think it’s a bit of a game-changer.
Enter: retinol oil.
Yep, two of – we think – the best things to come out of skin care have joined forces. So, why are we making such a big fuss over this combo?
Well, we’ve already covered what’s great about retinol, but it’s the oil formulation that we believe could really take your skin appearance up a notch.
As we get older, our natural production of oil slows. So, our skin becomes more dehydrated as we age, and we need to put in more effort to make up for that deficit. While any moisturiser, serum or hydrating ingredient is always welcome to help the cause, since the outer layers of your skin are oil-based, an oil is one of the greatest ways to keep the skin barrier soft, juicy and hydrated.
So, when you combine all of those excellent cell renewal and wrinkle-fighting benefits of retinol with the insane hydration benefits of an oil, you’ve got a pretty good thing going, right? Right.
One of the newest retinol oils to hit shelves is the Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® retinol oil. While it may be the youngest child of the Rapid Wrinkle Repair® family, we predict this bottle of anti-ageing goodness will fast become a cult-favourite. Besides the fact that the luxe oil absorbs speedily to leave a soft, velvety finish on skin, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts. Boasting retinol SA – an ingredient that’s scientifically proven to be superior to other forms of vitamin A, including pro-retinol and retinyl palmitate – the overnight oil features exclusive sustained action to continuously work as you sleep to intensely nourish, replenish, and renew the look of your skin. It helps smooth wrinkles and reduce the look of dark spots, so you wake up to radiant, younger-looking skin.
And if you think you have to wait aaaaaages to see the results, you’d be wrong. Word is that in just one week, you’ll start to see a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles; and if you wait three more weeks (so four in total, for those playing at home), you can expect an improvement in the look of stubborn and deep wrinkles (including those pesky eye and cheek creases), as well as all-round brighter, more even-toned skin.
And if you’re really looking to up the ante, if you double-up on products and use the Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® retinol oil with the Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® regenerating cream (a beautiful moisturiser that combines the powers of retinol SA, hyaluronic acid and a glucose complex), you’ll get twice the wrinkle-fighting benefits (and the power combo actually translates to 240 per cent more retinol than if you used just the cream on its own!)
But does this retinol oil live up to its claims? You can read what our Review Crew® thought of Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® retinol oil right here.
And if you want to find out more about the Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® products, head here.
Are you a retinol user? Do you like the sound of a retinol oil? Please share your experiences and thoughts with us in the comments section below.
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Carli is BEAUTYcrew’s Editor and has been since the site launched in 2016. She is currently on a quest to find the perfect medium-coverage foundation for combination skin, is trying to narrow down her mascara collection to just three, and is embracing the power of AHAs. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.