You want a fantastic full retinol routine.
How to use
What advice would you give someone introducing retinol into their routine?
Think of this as your evening skincare routine in a box. Although you can use the cleanser and mist both morning and night (win-win). You should be wearing SPF every day regardless, but please ensure you’re applying SPF daily when using an active such as retinol ― to protect the skin you are repairing.
STEP 1: Zelens Glaciar Foam Renewing Cleanser, 150ml
A super-soft, non-drying, clarifying cleansing foam that works to effectively remove environmental pollutants, surface impurities, excess oil and makeup without stripping the skin. Suitable for all skin types, it’s formulated with succinic acid, mild fruit AHAs and fermented enzymes to gently exfoliate and enhance skin renewal. Botanical extracts such as grape, shiso - a Japanese mint - and aloe vera offer antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory action (all the As here). Alongside amino acid-rich yeast and probiotic radish root to condition and strength the skin’s barrier. All in all, a wonderful cleanser that will leave your skin smoother, clearer and revived.
STEP 2: Mesoestetic Hydratonic Mist, 125ml
This balancing and moisturising mist toner combines rosewater, panthenol and postbiotic lactobacillus ferment to soothe and regenerate the skin ― think of it as a comforting duvet in mist form. Adding extra hydration to your routine, it also contains anti-pollution biotechnology, which in laymen's terms, removes pollutants and reduces the skin-ageing oxidative stress that comes with it. A mist I reach for time and time again, it essentially keeps your skin barrier happy and in balance.
STEP 3: Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinoid Night Oil, 30ml
Aptly named, this is indeed the ‘Superstar’ of the show. Formulated with two fast-acting retinoids in a light, nourishing oil base, it’s both gentle and efficacious. Brilliant for beginners or those that prefer a mild formula, it contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR), a new generation of retinoid that is less irritating, easily absorbed into the skin whilst still giving you the benefits of a traditional retinoid. The second retinoid is retinyl palmitate, which mainly works to resurface the skin. Both work together to resurface the skin and accelerate its natural renewal; addressing the visible signs of ageing by stimulating collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and refine pores. Suitable for all skin types, it will leave you with a smoother, more even-looking complexion. If you’re new to retinoids, add this to your routine slowly ― more is not more in this scenario!
STEP 4: ULTRA VIOLETTE© Supreme Screen SPF 50+, 50ml
A non-negotiable step in any AM skincare routine, this is an SPF you’ll want to use. One of my absolute favourite sunscreens of all time, it’s lightweight and moisturising, with no white cast in sight. If you have normal to oily skin, it’s hydrating enough to work as both a moisturiser and SPF - ideal if you’re time-poor or like to keep your routine snappy - with a satin finish that layers nicely under makeup. Doubling down on the protection, it’s also formulated with antioxidant-rich Kakadu plum - said to contain 50 times more vitamin c than an orange - to protect your skin from free radical damage.
Suitable for all skin types and tones, working perfectly under makeup.
Zelens Glacier Foam: Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Succinic Acid, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Tartaric Acid, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
Mesoestetic Hydratonic Mist: Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Poloxamer 184, Pentylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Panthenol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Butylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Tetrasodium Edta, Sodium Phosphate, Disodium Phosphate .
Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinoid Night Oil: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Fruit) Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil**, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Oil*, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil***, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil**, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu/Foraha) Seed Oil**, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil*, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tocopherol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**. *Cold Pressed | **Cold Pressed and Organic | ***Steam distilled
ULTRA VIOLETTE© Supreme Screen SPF50+ Hydrating SKINSCREEN™: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glycerin, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Silica, Methylene Bis-benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Saccharide Isomerate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance/Parfum, Mica, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Pentylene Glycol, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Carnosine, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Eugenol, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).
As with all skincare, there is always the possibility that some ingredients could cause allergic reactions in a small number of cases. If you are unsure on the suitability of a product, after reading this information, we would always encourage you to seek further medical advice.