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The Pixi Beauty Retinol Jasmine Collection balances time release retinol with jasmine, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The idea is to offer a way to benefit from retinol whilst minimising common side effects of redness, and peeling. The results from using this collection should be smoother, brighter skin.
The first step in any skin care routine is a good cleanser so naturally the Pixi Beauty collection contains one. The Pixi Beauty Retinol Jasmine Cleanser* (£18) contains retinol (to smooth skin), jasmine (anti-inflammatory) and ceramide (to moisturise skin). The idea is that continued use of this cleanser will promote firmer, brighter skin.
I massage a coin amount of the Retinol Jasmine Cleanser on dry skin, taking time over areas prone to flakiness. Taking time over cleansing allows my skin to benefit from the skin-loving ingredients in my cleansers and the facial massage. Personally, I avoid my eye area when using this cleanser to prevent irritation. Your mileage may vary but I am pretty cautious about looking after my eyes.
The Retinol Jasmine Cleanser removes cleanly with a warm damp flannel. I find the scent of this product to be lightly floral and inoffensive. However, I don’t have a strong aversion to scented products and don’t mind them when the scent dissipates quickly.
I’ve not been using this product for long so I’m unable to comment on Pixi Beauty’s claims. But I have to say that after using the Retinol Jasmine Cleanser, I do find my skin to look smoother and feels softer. Also, I’ve found that any skincare products applied after this cleanser do sink in quickly and thoroughly.
Pixi Beauty skin tonics are iconic so naturally their Retinol Jasmine collection includes a Retinol Tonic* (£10). This tonic contains retinol (to smooth), elderflower (to soften and brighten) and chamomile (to calm and minimise redness).
I soak a reuseable cotton pad (I like these: Holland and Barrett) with Retinol Tonic and smooth over cleansed skin. This is a great way to remove any remnants of cleanser on the skin. I love the scent of this tonic, which is lightly floral and fresh.
I must confess that I’m not a consistent user of toner. However, I my skincare applies much better after using any one of the Pixi Beauty skin tonics. I’m a fan of Pixi Beauty Milky Tonic (£10) to soothe after at-home facials. Though I adore Glow Tonic (£10) to gently exfoliate several times a week. The Retinol Tonic is one to add to the rotation for gently smoothing skin without irritation.
The rich and nourishing Retinol Eye Cream* (£22) contains caffeine to depuff and peptides to firm skin. The inclusion of time-release retinol helps to gently smooth any fine lines around the eye area. This eye cream promises a brighter and smoother eye area. I will have to commit to a few months’ use before I can see if these claims stack up.
I love using a good eye cream and always apply mine before any rich/heavy moisturisers. This comes in a tube with a clear tip so you can control how much cream to squeeze out. I love the light but rich texture of the Retinol Eye Cream, which absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling hydrated.
Given the generous size of this Retinol Eye Cream, I suggest targeting fine lines around the mouth area too. I do this with other eye creams without issue but only at night before applying lip balm and sleeping. I don’t have deep lines at the moment but with dry skin, lines can occasionally appear more prominent for little reason. I’m willing to give this technique a try before more invasive treatments. I don’t doubt that in the future my lines will bother me enough to research more drastic measures.
The Pixi Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend* (£26) is suitable for morning or evening use. This oil promises to restore and balance skin with healing Jasmine flower extract and Evening Primrose (to boost circulation). The blend also includes grape seed oil to promote collagen restoration.
I warm 2-3 drops in clean hands then lightly press it over my skin before massaging it in. Applying facial oil onto skin that is a little damp helps provide good slip and oils massage in more evenly. This oil is also great when blended with a light moisturising lotion to add extra richness.
My dry skin loves spending the night in the company of a great facial oil. The Pixi Beauty Overnight Retinol Oil* (£26) contains slow-release retinol so will work its magic whilst you sleep. The oil also includes peptides to firm and revitalise skin and ceramides to moisturise skin.
If retinol leaves your skin feeling really dry, tight or red, then look for low strength or encapsulated retinol. The blend of this oil helps to buffer the harshness of retinol making it kinder to skin. It still provides a boost to skin’s radiance and improves smoothness. If like me, you’ve used retinol for a while, I’d alternate the Overnight Retinol Oil with stronger retinol products. This would maintain good skin without being too harsh or expensive.
As with any retinol products, always use a good broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect skin from harmless UVA and UVA. There is little point in spending time and money to reduce signs of ageing to then allow further sun damage. For my sunscreen needs, I like Beauty Pie, La Roche Posay and Dermalogica. Whatever you choose, make sure it is broad spectrum and to apply liberally.
Buy the Pixi Beauty Retinol Jasmine Collection direct from their website or from your favourite Pixi Beauty retailer.
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