Ingredients & Products

How To Use Retinol In Your Skincare Regime

Why use retinol?

Retinol is known for its brightening and smoothing properties, leaving you with that ‘as good as new’ feeling we all know and love.

Our unique and powerful formulation of 0.3% Pure Retinol and Matrixyl 3000 Plus will help to transform your skin’s appearance.

The benefits of using retinol

Retinol acts to revive the skin in lots of ways, from helping to gently re-surface the skin to targeting underlying causes of lack of firmness. Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles alongside giving new radiance and solving pigmentation unevenness is what No7 does best, and our Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate is no different. 89% of women agreed the product gave great results, whilst being gentle on their skin*.

If you’re hesitant about adding retinol into your skincare routine, why not chat to one of our Beauty Advisors online? They are on hand to help answer any queries or concerns you may have.

Myth-busting retinol

Adding another step or ingredient into your normal skincare regime can be a little off-putting, especially if you’re not sure how your skin might react. That’s where the experts at No7 come in, to bust some myths surrounding Retinol. If you’re nervous about using a new ingredient, we’ve got some answers to put your mind at ease.

Still concerned? Why not chat to one of our Beauty Advisors online. They can help answer any queries or concerns about any product, including our clinically proven No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate.

 

Fact or fiction

Fiction: all retinols are the same

FACT

Our 1.5% Retinol Complex consists of the perfect blend of 0.3% retinol for the proven sweet-spot to deliver effective results with reduced sensitivity*. In this ground-breaking formula, our complex is combined with MATRIXYL 3000 Plus™ for 360° results to combat ageing.

 

Fiction 2: Retinol will irritate your skin

FACT

It’s true that in the early stages of Retinol use, it may cause some redness and dryness on your skin’s surface. Don’t worry, though, as this is completely normal. With our unique blend of ingredients, we’ve ensured the No7 formula is kinder on your skin. You can also help reduce the effects by introducing Retinol into your routine gradually, as well as following each use with a rich moisturiser to make sure skin is kept soothed and hydrated.

Fiction 3: you have to stay in doors when using retinolFACT

There’s absolutely no reason to let Retinol use ruin quality time outside. Whilst Retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation, this can easily be protected against through daily use of SPF. We recommend a minimum of SPF 15 every morning (which is found in all of our age-defying day creams), but of course the higher the better. Try to limit sun exposure during the hottest part of the day, too. Why not check out our great range of face specialist sun care.

Fiction 4: you have to have high % retinol for it to work

FACT

Here at No7 we have over 80 years of skincare expertise under our belt. Our scientists have discovered that 0.3% of Retinol delivers the perfect balance of remarkable, age-defying results whilst helping to minimise any sensitivity of the skin. That’s the No7 difference.

 

Our 3 step retinol regime

Step 1: No7 Advanced Retinol Night Concentrate with 0.3% PURE Retinol

How to use:

  • Use every evening. Apply two pumps to a clean, dry face, avoiding the the delicate eye and outer eye area, plus lips.
  • Let the product completely absorb before moving to the next step.

Step 2: No7 Pure Retinol Night Repair Cream 50ml

No7 Pure Retinol Night Repair Cream is dermatologically tested & formulated to harness the power of pure retinol, and to minimise irritation. Cream instantly absorbs, nourishes & is proven to improve 7 key signs of ageing on the face & neck, including reduction in the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and instantly hydrates face & neck. Face & neck look younger and visibly transformed.

Consumer testing showed 98% of participants felt skin was instantly moisturised. After 2 weeks, uneven pigmentation looks reduced. 93% saw even better results when adding No7 Advanced Retinol Night Concentrate – to be used as step 1 & No7 Pure Retinol Eye Cream – to be used as step 3, to their regime.

How to use:

  • Use every evening, massage in small upward circles over
    your face & neck.
  • Allow the product to completely absorb before applying
    any other product.

Step 3: No7 Pure Retinol Eye Cream 15ml

Developed to minimise irritation and dermatologically tested, the No7 Pure Retinol Eye Cream instantly absorbs & hydrates tired-looking eyes. Targeting the appearance of 7 key signs of ageing, deep wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles & puffiness look visibly reduced.

Consumer testing showed 93% participants felt skin was hydrated and after 2 weeks, crow’s feet and puffiness look reduced. 93% of women saw even better results when adding No7 Advanced Retinol Night Concentrate – to be used as step 1 & No7 Pure Retinol Night Repair Cream – to be used as step 2, to their regime.

How to use:

  • Dot around eyes and gently blend around their contours. If sensitivity occurs, reduce use to every other night and build up to nightly use.
  • Allow the eye cream to completely absorb before applying any other product.

In the morning, make sure you use a minimum of SPF 15 to protect you from UVA and UVB rays (we encourage the higher the better!). This is because the use of retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Considerations:

We recommend building up to the suggested usage, you can then gradually increase the frequency to as much as your skin can tolerate. The best results will be achieved if you use No7 retinol at their suggested frequency, but this might be too much depending on the sensitivity of your skin. As a guide, it normally takes around 4 weeks for your skin to be comfortable with nightly use. Listen to your skin, though – there’s no need to rush and you will still get great benefits even if you don’t use every night!

Make sure to avoid using peels and exfoliators whilst using retinol.

If you’re unsure about adding Retinol to your regime, why not chat with one of our Beauty Advisors online? They can help answer any queries and find your perfect No7 skincare regime.

About No7

Whether you’re looking to reduce key signs of ageing, soothe dry skin or boost your radiance, the No7 skincare range has it all.

We’ve put everything we know about skin (which trust us, is a lot) into creating the No7 skincare brand. Shop our range or talk to one of our Beauty Advisors to kickstart your No7 journey now.

*When used as directed.



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