what is microencapsulated retinol?

When it comes to reversing the signs of skin ageing, Retinol is hands down the industry's gold standard ingredient. It has the power to help boost collagen production, increase cell turnover and accelerate skin renewal for firmer, smoother and more evenly-toned skin.


But what many people don't know about Retinol is that it is a highly-reactive molecule, meaning it can break down – and lose its potency – as soon as it is exposed to sunlight or air.

microencapsulation for maximum results

At Dermalogica, we use advanced microencapsulation technology in products like Overnight Retinol Repair to stabilise Retinol and ensure its maximum potency. This technologically advanced approach protects the Retinol from degrading as soon as it is exposed.

When microencapsulated Retinol is applied to skin, its multi-layer liquid crystalline microsphere time-releases the active Retinol, which penetrates deep into the skin to deliver superior results. Microencapsulated Retinol also creates an invisible protective shield on the skin's surface, which helps reduce moisture loss.

micro-encapsulated retinol overnight retinol repair, customisable for enhanced comfort

Retinol is effective at reducing visible wrinkles, fine lines and age spots but everyone's skin reacts differently to it. Some people experience temporary redness, flakiness, peeling and sensitivity. This is because their skin lacks enough "retinoid receptors" to tolerate Retinol.

Retinoid receptors are proteins naturally found in skin. They act like shuttles that carry and release retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) into skin cells, triggering collagen production. Retinol – the strongest form of retinoid available without a prescription – is converted by skin enzymes into the even stronger form of Retinoic Acid, which is what causes irritation.

To help minimise this reaction, Overnight Retinol Repair comes with a unique Buffer Cream that allows you to maximise customisation while your skin acclimates to the highly-active Retinol in the formula.

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