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overnight retinol repair 1%

clinical-strength customizable treatment

Available exclusively at professional skin centers! This active 1% microencapsulated pure Retinol formula helps accelerate skin renewal. A powerful bioactive peptide and antioxidant Vitamin C help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and discoloration.Learn More

clinical-strength customizable treatmentLearn More

overnight retinol repair 1%

Available exclusively at professional skin centers! This active 1% microencapsulated pure Retinol formula helps accelerate skin renewal. A powerful bioactive peptide and antioxidant Vitamin C help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and discoloration. Squalane from Brazilian Sugar Cane restores skin moisture and suppleness while active polysaccharides hydrate and prevent water loss to help soften fine lines. Soothing Licorice Extract and customizable Buffer Cream reduce the risk of flaking or irritation as skin acclimates to Retinol.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Certified vegan by PETA
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and discoloration.
  • Delivers powerful results for the more advanced Retinol user.
  • Microencapsulation technology helps preserve Retinol potency.

how to use

Mix one part Overnight Retinol Repair 1% with up to three parts Buffer Cream (included) and apply to cleansed skin at night. Once your skin is acclimated, you may use Overnight Retinol Repair 1% alone, prior to or mixed with your prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.

quick tip

New to Retinol? Start with our original Overnight Retinol Repair and build up to Overnight Retinol Repair 1%.


Overnight Retinol Repair 1%: Water/Aqua/Eau, Squalane, Glycerin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, C14-22 Alcohols, Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Xylitylglucoside, Retinol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Apricot Kernel Oil PEG-6 Esters, Anhydroxylitol, Polysorbate 20, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Xylitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glucose, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Tri uoroacetate, Magnesium Chloride, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, BHT, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. Buffer Cream: Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetyl Caprylate, PEG-8, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Lactamide MEA, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium PCA, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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part of age smart product system

Firm to smooth away the signs of skin ageing. Control ageing triggers before they start.

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AGE smart®

Firm to smooth away the signs of skin ageing. Control ageing triggers before they start.

AGE Smart® contains scientifically advanced ingredients proven to impact the major biochemical reactions that contribute to skin ageing before they start, so your skin is left smoother, firmer and healthier. AGE Smart® is the intelligent investment in your future skin.

how it works

AGE Smart works by impacting the main biochemical reactions that manifest the signs of skin ageing: the formation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS, also known as free radicals), the generation of Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the development of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).

Love Dermalogica, but...............


I swear by the age smart line and wouldn't use anything else! I bought this after a recommendation from my aesthetician, who also recommended Dermalogica in the first place. I found the overnight retinol to be VERY runny and it has a funny smell. I did use the buffer cream for the first five days, mixing it with the retinol as directed. I had no sensitivity to the retinol with or without the buffer cream. In fact, I saw no results at all after finishing the bottle. Extremely disappointed!!!

Santa Rosa, CA.


I don't recommend this


Finish the entire bottle saw no visible difference at all, very expensive and did not deliver results. Started Retin A and seeing better results.

Kuala Lumpur


Never Again - and I tried 2 different bottles


After 2 years of using the Overnight Retinol (The 0.5% original) with excellent results, I decided to move on to the 1%. The first bottle I received was runny and watery and after weeks of graduated use (every few nights with buffer cream trying to move up to every second night and so on) I had to stop and contact Dermalogica. I felt that something was wrong with the product because my face was red and slightly blotchy. I expected the results to be strong, but not harmful. I even spoke with my Dr. who happens to advocate for Retinol treatments, and he suggested I stop as well. When I received my second new bottle, it was actually super thick, almost gel-like. I had the same blotchy results on my skin after weeks of graduated use. Again I had to stop. I eventually returned to using the 0.5% with great results. Clearly, the formula for the 1% has consistency problems, the consequences of which are experienced on our delicate, invaluable skin. I still do not know which consistency of the 1% was correct, but I do know I will never try Dermalogica's 1% Retinol again. It's definitely one of their few "miss" products.

Toronto, Ontario


This product is not living up to the hype


My friends esthétician recommended retinol by Dermalogica to address my dark spots from hyperpigmentation and aging skin (40+). She gave me a trial sample and it was awesome! I used the retinol with the buffer cream on a few spots and the next day noticed lightening but also fuller healthier skin. I did experience some sensitivity. I decided it was easier to order online and I intended to order the large size but it sold out so I ordered the travel size, knowing that i would use it sparingly because it's so potent. Surprisingly the new tube was very mild when I applied it the first time. I thought I might feel sensitively the next day but I didn't and the dark spots did not lighten like they did before. I tried the cream the next night and no results. The next night I applied the cream all over my face and then directly the next with very minimal results (slightly smoother looking skin) but no lightening. I did not Once experience sensitivity or reaction do I know there is no lightening of the hyperpigmentation. I'm not sure if I used the concentrated formula the last time or got an old package this order but there is a drastic difference if the concentrated was used before. So much so that I would not recommend this 1% cream and am very apprehensive to purchase the concentrated version after feeling that I wasted $ on cream that doesn't work how it claims to.





I think this product is the best in dermalogica as you see the results! watch out as it is strong but powerful and works wonders for aging and pigmentation plus acne! The only reason im taking a break is because I was pregnant and now nursing but will go back asap

auckland nz


Not sure what the texture is supposed to be...


When I first started using the product, it was thick and grainy. Then it became more like a lotion. Now it's watery. In addition, it did not seem to make any difference to my skin, except for slight dryness the first few days. This is the first Dermalogica product that I'm disappointed about,

New York, NY


Just horrid !!!


The only age smart product I've used that did more damage than good. Product was grainy, watery, & scratched my face. Only had 11 applications in bottle even though I used sparingly. Product caused my bottom lip to break out in what looked like fever blisters. I will never ever purchase this product again.

Newbury Park, Ca.


I will definitely use this long term


I use at night!! I see a great improvement in the apparence of my skin. My fine lines are less noticeable. I also feel the texture has improved!!🙂

New Hampshire


soft skin


Tried this last night and my skin feels so soft today. I just use it on my forehead, neck and chest because those are the only places I need it. So far, it feels great. Love the Buffer Cream too.



Decreased acne pigmentation and bumps


In addition to my current regimen, I use this nightly and have worked up to the full 1%. I avoid application on my neck since it still gets irritated and red easily. I have noticed a significant decrease in post breakout pigmentation, whiteheads, and blotchiness after about 2 weeks of use.



overnight retinol repair 1%

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Hi, I am currently using the daily superfoliant 3x a week. Can I use the overnight retinol repair 1% 2x a week?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use one or the other daily. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Can you use this product on skin with rosacea? If not, what anti aging products do you recommend?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please do not use this is you have rosacea. You may prefer Power Rich. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, I am currently using your Medibac clearing range but have been recommend to introduce the retinol repair product into my night time routine. After cleansing with the medibac clearing skin wash and then applying the retinol, would it be best to apply the medibac oil control lotion as my moisturiser instead of the overnight clearing gel or a different moisturiser all together (if so, which would you recommend)? I currently use the medibac oil control lotion in the morning after cleansing. Thanks


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Due to the exfoliants in the Medibac line, I do not recommend to use it with Overnight Retinol Repair. Retinol should not be used with other exfoliants. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I am using this with the buffer cream as my night time moisturizer, is that ok? Is it too much to use every night?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. If your skin can tolerate it, you can use Overnight Retinol Repair every night. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Why can't I purchase the overnight retinol repair 1%? I have used the regular retinol repair and would like to move up to this one but it doesn't sell anywhere in my hometown.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Overnight Retinol Repair is exclusively sold by Dermalogica Skin Therapists at their spas. If you use our store locator, it will indicate which location carries 1% Overnight Retinol Repair. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Can i use retinol with buffer on wrinkles around my eyes?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please do not use Overnight Retinol Repair around the eye area. For the eyes, try Age Reversal Eye Complex with .01% retinol, which is a safe amount for the delicate eye area. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I am curious if we are not to use around the eyes, why is that area shown on the brochure the product came with?


I've been using the product on its own and it seems like I am running through it very quickly. If I'm not mixing with moisturizer, how much should i use for each application? Not very happy with this product because of the limited use.


Hello AR, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You only need the size of a pea for the whole face. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hi, I started using this product with the buffer cream, and was wandering what is the application instruction with other products that I have. For my night routine I have in order of use: - special cleansing Gel - multivitamin power firm (eyes and lines) - calm water gel OR antioxidant hydra mist (Is it required?) -overnight repair serum (is it required with the retinol?) - Retinol 1% + buffer cream Before the Retinol I had been using the Super Rich Repair for 2 years. It felt very heavy and I preferred the light feeling of the night Serum, but I guess that night moisturizers usually are Should I use he Retinol with all of the above? Should I use the Retinol every night as a regular product and if so skip the daily microfoliant altogether or also have moisturizer for every other night? I would go to a face mapping but I don't believe it is offered n my area (Portland OR) Thanks, Confused fan ...


Hello Judith, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use the regimen in this way: Morning Special Cleansing Gel Antioxidant Hydramist Calm Water Gel SPF Multivitamin Power Firm Evening Precleanse Special Cleansing Gel Antioxidant Hydramist Overnight Retinol Repair OR Overnight Repair Serum (can be used on alternate nights)

If I use the retinol at night, can I still use daily superfoliant and or daily resurfacer ? What products should not be used when using retinol?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please do not use any exfoliants while using retinol. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hi, I am just wondering if I were using a night time serum would I put serum on and then retinol... or just use the retinol and serum on different nights? Thank You!


Hello Katie, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use them on alternate nights. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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