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Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil Review

17th August 2018 in Skincare, Treatment - 8 Comments - 3 min read

Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil Review

17th August 2018 in Skincare, Treatment - 8 Comments - 3 min read >/div>

Welcome Skintellectuals! 

It’s no secret that i feel that Retinol should be a staple in everyone’s routine if your 20 or 60 its my opinion that everyone should be using it.
Retinol is one of two things that can be called truly anti aging.

Retinol is amazing because not only does it help to smooth out the skin, lighten any post acne scarring, at higher percentages available on prescription it can help clear up acne but its really impressive feature is that it stimulates the fibroblast cells deep in the dermis allowing the body to make more collagen as synthesis slows down the older we get which causes wrinkles and sagging (Think of retinol as a kick up the butt to your fibroblasts telling them to keep producing collagen)

Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinoid Night Oil

Meet Pestle & Mortar Superstar, a oil based retinol made from cold pressed grape seed oil, rosehip oil, carrot oil and sunflower oil. 
These oils work together to minimise any irritation that normally comes with a traditional retinol.
Rosehip and Grapeseed Oils help to tighten the skin and pores, whilst steam-distilled Black Cumin Seed Oil defends against the damaging effects of free radicals.

Superstar contains the powerhouse ingredient Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, a new generation of retinoid. It helps reverse the signs of ageing, smooths lines and wrinkles as well as boost collagen production. It stimulates cell growth and cell turnover, restoring suppleness and hydration to the skin

This was one of the first retinoids i had used when i finished my Luna Night Oil by Sunday Riley i originally used The Ordinary 5% Retinol in Squalane but that broke me out something rotten which ended up leading me to this beauty!

Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinoid Night Oil

If you are looking to get into using retinol for the first time i would suggest trying this one out as it is very gentle and wont cause the usual redness, flaking and dryness which is common with retinols.

If you haven’t used retinol before you will probably start seeing results around the 3rd/4th week your skin might feel smoother and then depending on what your skin is like you should start to see an of your skin tone and lightening of any post acne redness, personally i started seeing this after a few months around the 4th/5th month of using this.

It’s really important with retinol to remember that it causes photosensitivity of the skin so if you aren’t already wearing SPF daily you will have to start wearing at least a SPF 30

You can find the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil online at lookfantastic.com for £63

What is your favourite Retinol?
Have you tried anything from Pestle and Mortar?
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