The new Biossance Squalane + Retinol Night Serum is an innovative formula with an encapsulated duo of time-release retinol and retinal, clinically shown to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and texture, with minimal irritation.
Optimized by time-release technology, squalane and a powerful blend of antioxidants, this retinol serum features an effective delivery system that allows the retinoids to penetrate more deeply into the skin while being gradually released over 8 hours, gently delivering dramatically visible results.
When it comes to skincare, retinol has been hailed as a holy-grail for anti-aging — but not without some caveats. Retinol can cause irritation, redness or peeling and for those with sensitive skin, these side effects can sometimes be unbearable. And with retinol, it only works if you can use it consistently!
That’s where this Biossance Squalane + Retinol Night Serum can help as it’s formulated with a blend of moisturizing ingredients, including squalane, glycerin, allantoin, evening primrose oil, rice bran extract and vitamin E to keep skin hydrated and diminish dryness or flaking! The gentle fragrance-free formula is suitable for all skin types, and even for those with sensitive skin.
Encapsulated Retinol + Retinal Complex: A powerful combination of time-release retinol and retinal, a retinoid more closely related to prescription strength retinoic acid that stimulates cellular turnover for maximum efficacy with minimal irritation.
Sugarcane-Derived Squalane: It mimics body’s natural hydrating oils to provide weightless moisture and helps deliver active retinoids more deeply and effectively into the skin while keeping skin nourished and hydrated.
Antioxidant Blend: A blend of sustainably-sourced Saffron, Rosemary, Sunflower, and Rice Bran extracts plus Vitamin E, provide antioxidant protection and help to minimize irritation and support overall skin health, including texture, aging and blemishes.
How to Use Biossance Squalane + Retinol Night Serum
Apply pea-size amount to clean, dry skin at night. Follow with a moisturizer of choice after use. If you are a retinol beginner, start by using twice per week and gradually increase the frequency over time as your skin adjusts.
Biossance recommends using this serum only at night because retinol and retinal can cause sensitivity to the sun. It is also important to wear a daily sunscreen every morning to protect your skin from UV damage.
Texture-wise, this serum has a lightweight creamy formula that absorbs quickly. I also like that it’s fragrance-free!
As I mentioned in my recent skin cycling routine post, I have naturally dry skin so I always make sure to moisturize my skin before and after applying retinol to avoid my skin becoming even more dry or flaky.
First, I use a hydrating serum, then apply this retinol and follow with a rich hydrating moisturizer. During winter, sometimes I also add one to two drops of a face oil for an extra boost of moisture!
If your skin is not very dry, you don’t have to sandwich this retinol in between two layers of hydration! You can just use a generous layer of your favorite moisturizer after applying this retinol serum as the formula is quite gentle, thanks to time-released retinol and squalane.
I didn’t experience any irritation or dry, flaky skin using this retinol serum for several weeks.
With consistent use, this serum helps improve uneven skin tone and sun damage while smoothing skin texture and fine lines. You can expect to start seeing the results in about 12 weeks.
Biossance Squalane + Retinol Night Serum checks off all the right boxes when it comes to a gentle yet effective retinol. The formula is supercharged by squalane and an antioxidant blend to help deliver and enhance the results of the retinol and retinal, while keeping skin hydrated with minimal irritation. And it’s great for all skin types, even for those with sensitive skin.
Available for purchase at biossance.com and Sephora for $72.