Review and give away: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1%

If you’re a Dermalogica fan and love retinol as much as I do you’re in for a treat! The big wrinkle-busting kahuna you’ve been waiting for is finally here and that’s Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% (R1 680, available exclusively at professional care centres).

Oh yeah!

This baby’s already won US O magazine’s Spring Beauty Award and will probably snap up more in future as its beautifully formulated. Aside from the fact that it serves up retinol at a super effective 1% in packaging that’s going preserve it’s potency, it’s also chockful of other skin-loving ingredients.

Now, before I break this baby down, let’s just get in a quick recap as to why retinol is your friend. For one, it’s proven to help slow down the breakdown of collagen and firm up your skin by ‘thickening’ it from the bottom layers up. It also helps speed up cellular turn over so it’s usefully in blitzing pigmentation provided you wear a good sunscreen (Dermalogica reccommends an SPF 30 as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun) and rid you of any marks left behind from the odd spot.

A peek inside the box.

Specifically speaking, Dermalogica’s retinol has been micro-encapsulated which means it can travel to the deeper layers of your skin and break down slowly so your skin has prolonged exposure to it as opposed to getting it all in one whack and then being left ‘hungry for more’ come 3AM. This drip feed exposure, however, doesn’t minimise its potency in the least. If anything, it amplifies it.

Everything you need to know is included.

So, what else is in the mix? A lot! So let’s break out some bullet points, shall we?

* You’re also getting antioxidant collagen-encouraging vitamin C, something that also helps brighten your complexion
* A powerful peptide that plays a role in firming up your skin
* A licorice extract that soothes and also brightens (hope you’re ready to glow!)
* Hydrators like squalane from Brazilian sugar cane and a sugar-derived molecule that helps your skin retain its natural moisture

Now, if you’re new to retinol, 1% isn’t a good place to start in the same way that, if you’re new to running and want to do a marathon entering the comrades isn’t a good place to start. You have to build up a tolerance to it first which is why it’s good to use something serving up a lower concentration that you can use every other day. There are lots of products out there offering retinol at lower concentrations and Dermalogica’s Overnight Retinol Repair (it contains 0,5% retinol) is one of them.

Once you’ve adjusted to using something like that, you can break out the big guns and that’s Overnight Retinol Repair 1%. Still, even then, Dermalogica doesn’t want you to apply anything you’re not ready for and that’s where this product’s aloe-vera infused buffer cream comes in. It’s sold along with the serum and, if you’re worried 1% might be too strong, you can mix the two together before application to dilute its potency until your skin acclimatises.

1% is where you want to be!

Being a long-time super strong retinol user I went straight into the 1% and it’s been great. No peeling, no redness, no drama. I’ve been using it every second night (sometimes two nights in a row) and life’s been a dream. Still, I did try it with the buffer cream to get an idea of what it feels like and liked that it’s a lovely light-weight feeling lotion that absorbs in a flash.

Buffer + 1% retinol serum = all the benefits – the irritation.

Now, let’s get to the bit I know you’re waiting for – the giveaway! I have an Overnight Retinol Repair 1% just waiting for your red hot lovin’ and there are several ways to enter. The first?

Hit me up in the comments section below telling me which of Dermalogica’s products is your favourite or what you’re most keen to try. (There’s no right or wrong answer. I’m interested!)

You can also enter via my Instagram and Facebook page so be sure to stop on by!

This competition is open to South African residents only and a winner will be drawn at 5pm on 13 October 2017.

Good luck girls!

Love, love


98 thoughts on “Review and give away: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1%

    1. Wow! What an awesome prize! I would LOVE to try this!! I love all the Dermatologica products but only get to use them one at a time due to costs. I am currently using the facial wash and the skin repair

  1. Hey Leigh, what a giveaway….I enjoy the daily superfoliant…and am dying to try this overnight retinol repair 1%

  2. I love the multivitamin power firm but I’m definitely keen to try out the gem that is Overnight Retinol Repair 1%

  3. Well, to be perfectly honest I’d most like to try the Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% ! It sounds amazing!

  4. The Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% sounds amazing! But I also love the Skin Hydrating Booster ❤

  5. I love using the nightly lip treatment but would absolutely love to try this as I have some stubborn pigmentation since having a baby a few years ago and I’m not getting younger….sigh

  6. I would love the try the break out pack for acne its called the medibac clearing or power brite kit


  8. I’m super keen to try the Daily Superfoliant after hearing so many rave reviews of it. And the nightly lip treatment!

  9. Dermalogica intensive moisture balance worked wonders with my super dry dull skin in winter 💙💛💜💚

  10. That stalkerish deep breathing you are hearing is just me after reading this post. I have been trying to decide what retinol to use next as my Paula’s Choice is almost finished and no one I know is traveling soon, so no beauty mules for me. Definitely must try this one out. One of my favourite Dermalogica products is their Retinol eye cream – age reversal eye complex. Fingers crossed

  11. I LOVE exfoliating all the dead cells, so for sure the daily superfoliant – resurfacing, anti-pollution powder exfoliant

  12. I’m a massive fan of most dermalogica products but I swear by their dynamic skin recovery SPF 50 which I’ve been using as my moisturiser most days during my sunny travels. Their medinas range (the overnight gel and the medinas cleanser in particular) are also the best of the best in the world of breakout preventions and cures of all the skin products I’ve tried.
    Finally – their select tint SPF 30 is a wonder cream – SPF and a gentle natural glow in one product. Dermamagical. ❤️

  13. It’s a new discovery for me and I’m loving how it’s making my life easier and the glow it leaves behind, the ultra sensitive tint spf30. Makes my morning routines ‘chop, chop’.

  14. I’d be keen to try the Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair. Although I believe in Dermalogica as a brand and I know that the people that use Demarlogica have nothing but good reviews of their products, unfortunately, it’s way above what I can afford. I’ve noticed a few lines forming on my face, and my skin looks a bit puffy (I guess that’s expected at 38). So what better way to restore my youthfulness than this product, which from your review, sounds like just what I need.

  15. I love the Skin Hydrating Booster but would love to try out the Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1%

  16. I swear by the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm. I havr been using their eye creams since I was 23 and I am 36 now with no eye crinklers in sight 😉

  17. Oh my word, this competition has gotten me all buzzy!! Hehe. I am a huge fan of retinol.

    My fave Dermalogica product is the daily microfoliant – I have alluded to this before 😉 I also use the overnight clearing gel when I have a pesky spot. Those are definitely two of my most-used Dermalogica products!


  18. I have never tried any Dermalogica products, but this Overnight Retinol repair looks great. I looked at myself in the mirror the other day and was like, “My donner, where did these wrinkles come from!”… I need to take action fast, stop spending money on craft Gin, and start thinking about corrective action!

  19. My favourite Dermalogica product is the Retinol Eye Cream , Age Reversal eye complex.
    A product I highly recommend it applies with such great ease, the results are amazing. A effective product which I love. 💛💚❤💜💛💚❤💛❤ will be a absolute delight and pleasure to win being on a tight budget especially being a singleton I wish I can afford more of the Dermalogica amazing products.

    Thank you for a wonderful giveaway
    I appreciate your blog greatly, and I look forward to your interesting, enlightening , informative and well written reviews.
    You have definitely been a inspiration to me . Thank you once again

  20. Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% sounds amazing, especially considering it firms the skin, prevent wrinkles and has a SPF in, which aids in preventing dark spots (which unfortunately I have :().

  21. #dermalogicasa #overnightretinolrepair After my recent skin mapping, I learned that my skin is under a bit of stress, especially from the environment. The sun, stress & smoking are the main culprits for prematurely ageing skin. But recently studies prove that the very air we breathe ages us as well. Air pollution particles are so small that they are able to enter our skin and can accelerate brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles and even UV rays are harmful to us all. I believe that we are masters of our own destiny. My destiny is in my hands, therefore at the start of 2017, I am determined to make deliberate lifestyle changes with proper eating habits, adequate exercise in order to get my heart rate up each day. I now use the stairs at the office instead of being lazy and using the elevator. I honestly drink 3 litres of water throughout my day and yes…I do make more frequent stops at the loo.
    It is almost the end of the year and my 2017 new year’s resolutions still stand – with becoming healthy and making healthy choices and following a healthy lifestyle, all becoming a priority. Procrastination has been a true enemy of time.
    My favourite Dermalogica South Africa product is the Daily Microfoliant which is a unique rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. I can actually feel the difference on my skin seconds after rinsing off. I love love love this product! #dermalogicaretinolrepairclinical #dermalogicasa The unique skin brightening complex helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation while a super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal helps to calm the skin, leaving it extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.
    I am thoroughly loving my new skin beauty routine which my sister told me all about with a few sample products from her recent Dermalogica skin mapping. She enticed me so much so that I also had a recent mapping done. Ever since, Ive been saving up to purchase all the products recommended for my skin type. I never knew how amazing and how easy it truly is to hold on to my youth for as long as I can. Thank you Dermalogica. I am so looking forward to trying out the incredible Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% Ive been reading about.

  22. My favourite dermalogica product is the daily superfoliant. It has done wonders for my skin.
    I have never used retinol before and had been debating and researching which brand to us – what better way to begin. Dermalogica is a trusted brand.

  23. I love love love the charcoal rescue mask! Whips my oil slick of a face into shape. The C12 pure bright serum is also amazing (but prohibitivelyexpensive)

  24. I love the micro daily exfoliater. I received a sample and it’s amazing making the skin feel smooth would love to try it again.

  25. Daily microfoliant is my fav, I’m sure this retinol 1% would also make it to my favorite list. Holding thumbs!!

  26. Ageing is optional really… for the rest I leave my skin in the capable hands of Dermalogica. If I had to choose just one product which I would take to survivor island, it would be the Dermalogica
    Superfoliant( thank YOU for inspiring me to take the plunge). This holy grail product is truly a Godsent and feels like a FairyGod mother waving her magical wand every time you use it! I love the medicinal powers of charcoal( it’s the perfect match of science & nature) After reading this amazing review of the new retinol from this cult brand, I feel like a cat on a hot tin roof. I read somewhere that retinol is truly the miracle when it comes to fighting Ageing. So yes! I would go Gaga if I could treat my 30 something skin to this!

  27. My ultracalming mist, my skin is fair and sensitive so very prone to reddness. Since using my mist , after my cleanser, I have had almost no reddness plus it leavees my skin feeling refreshed and ready for the day!

  28. I have neve tried Dermalogica Please products before. It is an extravagant product that I cannot afford however I have read tons of reviews and watched so many videos because I simply love this the after results. I would love to try Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant it has all the added benefit such as tree tea oils it’s so versatile and can assist with my problems I have such acne prone oily skin and to top it off I have large pores so I’m always getting clogged pores and gets filled with dirt. Another problem is uneven skin tone. I would love to try this product especially for the retinol. This product isn’t available without prescription. Fingers and toes crossed

  29. I love their pre-cleanser, perfect for double cleansing when followed by their cleansing gel! Also super keen to try this retinol, retinol is the anti-aging gold standard after all 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  30. I’m a huge fan of Dermalogica. My favourite Dermalogica product is their multivitamin power serum. I would love to try the Overnight Retinol Repair 1% serum.

  31. Dermalogica microfoliant had always been my favourite!

    Question – can you use this product with a dermaroller?

  32. My favorite product is the Daily Microfoliant. Skin always feels AMAZING afterwards and leaves me with a fresh face and beautiful glow. A firm fave!

  33. Have not tried Dermalogica before but need help with pigmentation marks so perhaps the Overnight Retinol Repair 1% serum is a good place to start

  34. I’d love to try the Overnight Retinol Repair 1% for my pigmentation, love the Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer

  35. HAVE been dying to try Dermalogica. Have recently tried another retinol A product, but a very low dosage, ready to step up!

  36. Hi Leigh Ive always wanted to try the multivitamin power masque but now that the retinol repair cream is here I’d love to win it, being outdoors a lot my skin could do with a much needed boost

  37. My favourite is the precleanse. Your make up is easily removed and there is no residue on left on your face and no burning eyes like with some cleansers

  38. Oh my! Would LOVE to give this a try!!!
    My favorite product of theirs is their multivitamin mask – I love that you can keep this on so usually wear it on a Thursday evening and wake up friday with glowing skin, ready for the weekend! 🌟

  39. Dermalogica has the most amazing hydration mask which im obsessed with! I sometimes even put it on before I go to bed. Results: skin as soft as a (not teething) baby’s bottom. Love it!!! (can see who’s the one with a 6 month old baby…) Also love their Daily Microfoliant!

  40. The Dermalogica Superfoliant is the bomb! Just had a Dermalogica facial at Sorbet yesterday…feeling silky smooth! Would love to win this. I turned 46 yesterday and need all the Retinol help I can get 😂

  41. I would love to give this a try. My Skinceuticals 0.5 retinol is almost finished and don’t think my wallet can handle the price on the 1% Skinceuticals so been looking at other brands. This is going on the list of potentials (unless I win it, then die wrinkles die!)

  42. I love their Special Cleansing Gel. It really gets rid of the oiliness of my face. I would love this retinol cream, have some scarring.

  43. My favorite perfect is the dermalogica pre cleanse. It’s perfect for removing a full face of makeup without needing a makeup remover.

    I would love to try this retinol 1% serum.

  44. I’m a huge fan of the Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm, introducing it to my cleansing routine has left my face feeling so much cleaner.
    I’d love to give the Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% a try!

  45. My fave dermalogica products are definitley the pre-cleanse oil, daily superfoliant and the wipes. It would be so awesome to win this- I need to put my big girl panties in and start the anti aging assult!

  46. I would LOVE to try the Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1%!! I’ve been looking to buy a good retinol and have been googling reviews left right and center and this one sounds amazing! It would be awesome if I could win this! I am also keen to try the Dermalogica MediBac Clearing overnight clearing gel.

  47. The dermalogica thermofoliant and multivitamin mask. What a winning combo. With this combo i can do my own facials. And have been for years. I just love the feel of the exfoliant. Very keen on trying out the overnight retinol cream

  48. The daily microfoliant is amazing. The 1% retinol sounds interesting. Will buy it if I don’t win it, here’s holding thumbs 😁

  49. I’m a Dermalogica chic. I guess my favourite is the Pure Night from the Pure Bright range. It’s a nourishing night cream that makes me feel like I’m injecting moisture into my skin over night so that my skin feels renewed in the morning.

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