If you don’t have retinol in your skincare routine, do you even care about your skin?

Retinol has been talked about for years. What is so great about this vitamin A derivative? Keep

reading to learn about all the difference it can make in your skin.

Retinols have been on the market for a long time now. We’ve asked many people what their

skincare goals were for 2023 and most people said that they are focusing on making their skin

look and feel more youthful. When we talk about an ingredient that makes all the difference,

retinols are that ingredient.

What is retinol?

Retinol is an over the counter derivative of vitamin. This ingredient is used topically in skincare

to improve signs of skin aging but can also help with acne. Retinol has an exfoliating effect on

the skin which improves texture and tone. It also works by going into the dermis and boosting

collagen and elastin production which leads to more plump looking skin. Retinols are also

known to help against free radical damage.

Helps target:

- Fine lines

- Wrinkles

- Pigmentation

- Acne

How to use retinols safely?

Retinols are a very active ingredient. When used properly you can see benefits in no time at all.

But to get the best results, it’s important to understand how to use your retinol. Depending on

the type you can begin using it every day if it’s a lower percentage. It also depends on how it is

formulated. My recommendation when using a retinol is to start by using it every other day. It

is important to build your skins tolerance up or you can sensitize your skin and cause damage. It

is also important to use retinol at night as it increases sun sensitivity.

*People who use retinols commonly experience dry and irritated skin, especially after using a

new product. Redness, itchiness and peeling skin can occur.

Which retinol is best for me?

Lucky for you we have a lot of options when it comes to Retinols!

Higher Education MBA® Renewing 0.5% Retinol Serum

Great for all skin types, this effective nighttime serum helps reduce breakouts and

hyperpigmentation, and improves skin texture, lessens the appearance of scarring

hyperpigmentation, and increases cellular turnover without dryness or irritation.

Protect your skin by adding SPRING BREAK® in the AM especially while using retinol.

When incorporating MBA® into your routine by using it every other night for 2 weeks to avoid

irritation and dryness.

Layer GOAL DIGGER® over our retinol serum to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin overnight.

Directions:  For PM use only.  Apply 1 pump to clean skin, then follow up with your favorite

moisturizer. To add retinol to your routine, use every other night for 2 weeks to build up a

tolerance. Make sure to use SPF every day when using a retinol product. Recycle the container

when empty.

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Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil (MY FAVE!!!)

High-performance night oil combines Retinol and breakout-clearing Salicylic Acid into one skin-

soothing formula. Time-released Retinol helps reduce visible signs of premature aging. Salicylic

Acid helps clear breakouts. Argan, Rosehip Seed and Golden Jojoba oils actively nourish skin.


Targets breakouts and visible signs of premature skin aging at the same time

Renews and soothes skin overnight

Delivers clearer, more vibrant skin by morning


Press button and release to fill dropper. At night, after cleansing, gently press button to

dispense 6-10 drops into hands. Smooth over face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair:

Concentrated customizable nighttime Retinol treatment cream accelerates skin renewal and

reduces the appearance of skin aging. Active 0.5% microencapsulated pure Retinol helps

increase cell turnover. Powerful peptides and antioxidant Vitamin C help reduce uneven skin

tone and discoloration. Ceramides and active Polysaccharides hydrate and prevent water loss in

the skin, helping soften fine lines.


Accelerates skin renewal and repair

Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone


For best results, mix one part Overnight Retinol Repair with up to three parts Buffer Cream

(included) and apply to cleansed skin at night, when cell renewal is at its prime. Once your skin

is acclimated, you may use Overnight Retinol Repair alone, prior to or mixed with your

prescribed Dermalogica moisturizer.


This product should only be used at night. We recommend not layering it directly with other

targeted treatment products.

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum

Gentle enough for nightly use, this high-dose retinol serum features a 3.5% Retinoid Complex + soothing Squalane to minimise the appearance of pores, smooth texture for softer skin, even tone, and reverse the look of wrinkles.

This product contains retinol, a form of Vitamin A. Suitable for oily, combination and normal skin types. Can be applied on both face and neck. Avoid the eye area. Temporary redness, flakiness, peeling and sensitivity may occur. Theses reactions are normal and will fade over time. Use sunscreen during the day. If irritation persists, discontinue use and seek advice from a professional skin therapist. if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult a physician prior to use.

*Clinical results with 30 volunteers on reduction in appearance of wrinkles, pores, dark spots, ad uneven texture in 2 weeks test.


  • Helps reverse the appearance of wrinkles
  • Retexturizes for smoother skin
  • Reduces the appearance of pores
  • Evens skin tone


After cleansing, apply a thin layer over face. Keep out of eyes. Use nightly. If dryness or redness occurs, reduce frequency. Wear an SPF during the day. 

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