I'm in my twenties with a chubby baby face, in hindsight the reason I most likely wasn't blown away with Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is due to this; I am young and my skin doesn't require such potent ingredients. Simple. However like many, I was sucked into the hype surrounding Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, purchased a bottle and applied it almost routinely for a good few months. As it turns out my skin can't quite tolerate Retinol (even in the lightest form) and as such my bank balance can sigh a breathe of relief as the Sleeping Night Oil does not come cheap. However for the right complexion, this could be what dreams are made of (yep I went there with the word play)...
The ingredients in this one of a kind retinol-in-oil formulation are pretty stellar: cold pressed avocado, chia and concord grape seed oils, along with retinol (of course) all of which have been included to soothe, stimulate cell renewal and combat the visible signs of fatigue and age. It has also formulated to be suitable for Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Rosacea and acne prone complexions; apparently the oil-in-retinol formulation allows it to deliver high impact results yet be gentle all the while.
The Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil comes presented within a glass bottle that comes complete with a dropper style dispenser, this allows you to control with ease how much product you use and minimises mess. It has however been brought to my attention that the glass bottle may comprise the integrity of the ingredients over time - to slow this process down, always store the oil in it's protective box and stash such box in a cool, dry place.
The consistency is interesting, it is a little thicker than your traditional facial oil yet not typically greasy, it does however take a little while to sink into the skin (this may be my oily complexion to blame) and if not fully absorbed you will notice some blue staining on your bedding. As it is navy blue in tone, I find massaging Luna into my face until all blue traces have disappeared to be the best way to avoid ink-splotched pillowcases. As you have guessed due to all the pillow talk and of course the product name, this is an oil best saved for the P.M and as a last step within your skincare routine - it can be used alone or underneath a moisturiser, depending on your skins needs. I must stress that as this contains retinol you must use an adequate facial SPF the following day, and for as long as you use this oil - retinol increases skin sensitivity to the sun and the last thing you want is a damaged and burnt complexion.
Now for my personal experiences with Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil - for the first two weeks I was all but walking on air: my skin was plump, glowing and almost had a soft-focus quality despite not wearing a stitch of make-up. Then suddenly it seemed my complexion rejected it, I broke out in large blemishes with a smattering of a rash which is not uncommon with my past experiences of retinol. My skin is weak, it has no back bone (I'm kidding) but along with other ingredients this is sadly something that I can't tolerate. I'm also of the mindset that this oil is probably better suited to those in their late twenties to their thirties; yes the retinol concentration is super low but when you have young skin there is really no need for such an intense approach. That of course is only my opinion and I'm by no means an expert.
At £85 a bottle this does not come cheap - don't get me wrong when this works it is nothing short of magical but due to the abundance of natural oils and retinol presence this may not be for everyone. I do wish this was available in a smaller and more affordable sizing, that way more could try this out and decide if it is the one, before frittering away the best part of £100.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil £85/30ml - link.