I first heard of Sunday Riley last year when suddenly my Instagram feed became flooded with pretty pictures of bottles of Good Genes and colourful facial oils (you know the ones). ‘Ooo’ my eyes lit up. A new product to try, great! That was until I was nearly floored by the price… £85. £85! *sigh* I could easily spend £85 on multiple products spread out over a few months but in one transaction for 30mls!? This was new territory for me, so I left it. Luckily for me, my husband happened to nail my birthday last year, treating me to a bottle of Good Genes and the Space N.K. Beauty Box which happened to contain a sample size bottle of Luna Sleeping Night Oil! (I loved him a lot that day). Quick review preview for Good Genes- love it – but I’ll save that for another time. Today is all about Luna!
So what is it?
Luna Sleeping night oil is a retinoid oil that ‘reduces pore size, improves appearance of damaged skin and helps fight wrinkles’ according to Sunday Riley. Retinol, for anyone who doesn’t know, is basically another name for Vitamin A (it just sounds more scientific and clever). The anti-ageing effects of retinol and its derivatives are well documented which makes products like this rather exciting!
The Trans-retinol ester (hydroxypinacolone retinoate) is combined with soothing plant oils such as cold pressed avocado, grape seed, blackberry and chia. All known for their anti-inflammatory properties, they are in no doubt added to try and minimise the skin irritation (peeling) that can be caused by using a retinoid initially (this is documented on the packaging). Another lovely addition is Blue Tansy – the oil responsible for giving Luna its blue-green colour, or so you would think. I was disappointed to find out that this colour was actually due to the use of synthetic dyes namely CI 61565 (Green 6) and CI 60725 (Violet 2). A slight fly in the ointment but one you should be aware of if buying organic products is important to you.
Now I like this product but I was really surprised to see the number of negative reviews on multiple websites. However having read the following review on beautypedia (http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-skin-care-reviews/by-brand/sunday-riley/_/Luna-Sleeping-Oil) the inclusion of fragrant essential oils could be to blame.
I admit the above review doesn’t paint the product in the best light but skin care is a very individual thing and I really got on with Luna! The joy of a face oil is that a couple of drops go a long way, so even though it is expensive, I would imagine that a full size bottle would last me months!
How to use it?
As the name suggests this is a night time oil largely due to its dark green colour (although not that noticeable once rubbed in). I found 2-3 drops applied to a cleansed face was the perfect amount for me. What I really liked about this product is that it would absorb into the skin rather than just sitting on top as some oils do. It meant I could go to bed relaxed rather then lying stiff on my back worrying about getting any on my pillows! The real treat was waking up in the morning to beautiful glowing skin. I really noticed a difference! I’ve been using it for around 6 weeks now and I am yet to suffer from any skin irritation or negative effects.
Would I recommend it?
Based on my experience with this product, the only downside I could find was its price tag. However, having seen so many negative reviews I would urge anyone thinking of buying this product to try it first! Not easy I know but Space NK are very good at filling little pots for you to take away.
I would be keen to hear your thoughts on Luna Sleeping Night Oil so leave a comment if you’ve tried it!