Night Restore Oil
Revolution Skincare's Night Restore Oil has the makings of a beneficial formula, but sensitizing essential oils (lavender and geranium) make an unwelcome entrance that throws in a wrench in things.
As this face oil is dispensed from the dropper, its potent scent creeps up to your olfactory system. In particular, the fragrant lavender oil raises a red flag as research shows it’s a notoriously irritating ingredient that can impair skin in numerous ways (hint: it’s pro-aging). See More Info for an in-depth explanation of how fragrance-based ingredients hurt skin.
That’s disappointing consider the formula’s other antioxidant-rich, non-fragrant plant oils + squalane have a lot to offer including soothing, moisturizing and replenishing skin. Don’t fret—you can get those types of ingredients in our list of top-rated face oils.
If you decide to give Night Restore Oil Squalane & Evening Primrose a go (despite our cautionary advice), it's best to store the frosted glass bottle out of direct light to protect its antioxidants from losing their effectiveness.
- Antioxidant-rich, non-fragrant plant oils + squalane offer skin-soothing, replenishing properties.
- Fragrant lavender and geranium oil put skin at risk of pro-aging irritation.
- Frosted bottle needs to be stored out of direct light to protect its antioxidants.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
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Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Give your skin an overnight pamper with Revolution Skincare's Night Restore Oil. Formulated with squalene, evening primrose oil, and lavender oil. This wonderous serum works to restore the look of skin’s texture whilst you sleep. Helping promote the skin's natural radiance, this midnight miracle worker will become your favorite night time treat.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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