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Explore The Science of No7 Retinol

No7 Pure Retinol 0.3% Night Complex

The No7 difference

Retinol. Who hasn’t heard of it? This enduring beauty buzzword is one of the most sought-after ‘magic’ ingredients today, widely regarded as the must-have when it comes to ageing skin concerns. Fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, dull skin (the list goes on and on) – none of them are safe as far as retinol is concerned.

But what makes No7 different?

Our pair of clinically proven Pure Retinol Night Concentrates give retinol beginners and experts alike the chance to tailor their regime to their skin’s sensitivity.
Our 0.3% concentrate is proven to be the ideal concentration for retinol beginners, delivering the perfect balance of highly effective results, but reduced sensitivity*.
For more experienced retinol users, our NEW 1% concentrate is the go-to, combined with our Post-Retinol Soother for increased tolerability.
Both formulas are also combined with our trademark MATRIXYL 3000 Plus™ for all round age-defying results.
That is the No7 difference.

What happened to your Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate?

It’s not gone anywhere – it’s just got a new name! Our 0.3% Night Concentrate is exactly the same formulation.
So, why the change from 1.5% to 0.3%? The 1.5% in our previous name actually referred to the greater retinol blend in the product, comprising 0.3% pure retinol, a retinol optimiser and a retinol soother.
With the launch of our full Pure Retinol range, we wanted to make it as simple as possible for you to navigate our full retinol offering. So, we decided to specifically call out the precise percentage of pure retinol in our products – hence the incorporation of that 0.3% stat into the name.
With all this talk about ingredients, we think it’s time we looked at them a little more closely…

The ingredients that make up the science

1. Pure retinol

Supporting the skin’s renewal process, helping to improve and reduce key signs of ageing, our premium blend of 0.3% pure retinol delivers age-defying results whilst being less aggressive on your skin**. A strong form of Vitamin A, known for its boosting properties to encourage skin cell renewal, retinol is a no-brainer for the most effective skincare routine.
Our NEW 1% pure retinol blend is also available, a more potent concentration formulated for those who are already experienced with retinol and want to level up their skincare to target more stubborn signs of ageing.

2. MATRIXYL 3000 Plus™

As we grow older, our skin naturally starts to lose its elasticity and bounce. MATRIXYL 3000 Plus™ is a powerful peptide blend that helps support your skin’s natural rebound capabilities, as well as reducing signs of ageing, most noticeably on your skin’s surface. What’s more, MATRIXYL 3000 Plus™ is found in all of our clinically proven serums.

3. Bisabolol (unique to our 0.3% Night Concentrate)

A super calming ingredient to soothe skin and reduce any sensitivity or irritation caused by retinol use.

Is the potency of retinol impacted by being part of a complex?

Great news – not at all! The efficacy of retinol isn’t affected by being in a complex with bisabol and our retinol optimiser (an encapsulation system designed to slowly release retinol through the night). MATRIXYL isn’t part of this complex, but acts as an additional complementary ingredient which works alongside the complex in order to help deliver our serums’ clinically proven age-defying results.

Our No7 Pure Retinol Post-Retinol Soother formulation

Enriched with hydrating Niacinamide, soothing Bisabolol, and Ceramides renowned for their moisture-locking properties.

This retinol-free formula helps support skin’s tolerance to retinol by ensuring it is kept moisturised and hydrated. Designed specifically for use after applying our Pure Retinol 1% Retinol Night Concentrate, it’s full of soothing, nourishing and barrier-supporting ingredients.

Benefits of using No7’s full Pure Retinol range with our 0.3% Retinol Night Concentrate

  • Reduces appearance of fine lines and/or wrinkles
  • Reduces appearance of sizeable pores
  • Reduces the look of pigmentation
  • Improves uneven skin tone/colour
  • Gives firmer-feeling and firmer-looking skin
  • Brightens skin for a radiant appearance
  • Improves skin texture for smoother-looking skin
  • Improves the clarity of skin

Healthier, younger looking skin within 28 days of No7 Advanced Retinol 0.3% Complex Night Concentrate use †

An image showing the results that No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate can have on the eye area within 28 days

Firmer looking skin within 28 days of No7 Advanced Retinol 0.3% Complex Night Concentrate use †

An image showing the results that No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate can have on the mouth area within 28 days

Benefits of using No7’s Pure Retinol 1% Retinol Night Concentrate and Post-Retinol Soother

While you sleep, our NEW 1% Retinol Night Concentrate works to restore radiance so skin looks rejuvenated, clinically proven to deliver even on the appearance of stubborn and deep wrinkles.

Dark spots are visibly reduced for a more even-looking skin tone, pigmentation appears reduced and skin is left looking and feeling firmer, with restored bounce.
Our Post-Retinol Soother’s retinol-free formula, designed specifically for use after applying our 1% concentration, helps support skin’s tolerance to retinol by ensuring skin is moisturised and hydrated.

Benefits of No7 Pure Retinol Hand Cream

Our Pure Retinol Hand Cream is dermatologically tested & formulated to harness the power of pure retinol and minimise irritation. This rich, hydrating and fast-absorbing cream helps protect against dryness, delivering 8 hours of hydration. Proven to reduce the appearance of 7 key signs of ageing on the hands, including;

  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Age spots & uneven pigmentation
  • Hydrates dry skin
  • Delivers a more even skin tone
  • Firms skin
  • Smooths skin texture
  • Helps strengthen nails & nourishes cuticles

99% felt hands were softer and instantly hydrated. After 1 week, skin looks firmer & smoother.

*Based on consumer studies.
**When used as directed.
†Based on consumer studies on 264 women.



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