Beauty

Why Retinol And Niacinamide Is The Dynamic Duo Your Skin Needs

It’s time for a retinol revolution.

By ELLE + Olay
Finding your perfect skincare routine can often feel like trying to complete a very complicated puzzle.
We find ourselves searching for products that work together, give you what your skin needs and are actually effective.
We also ask which ingredients—particularly those actives that promise to hydrate, plump and smooth—are going to work with each other to deliver the best possible results for our skin.
While some active ingredients are best to avoid using together (this can actually cancel out each other's benefits), there are some whose powerful skincare properties are actually boosted when combined.
Enter: the dynamic duo that is retinol and niacinamide skincare.
Consider products containing these two ingredients as the final piece of your skincare puzzle. Both anti-ageing superhero ingredients on their own, they're a very powerful pair when used together.
They're the stars of some of the best retinol skincare in Australia, Olay's game-changing Regenerist Retinol24 collection. With a night-time retinol serum, retinol cream and eye cream, the range guarantees you'll wake up with plumper, younger-looking skin, thanks to the bioavailable formula that combines the two skincare super-ingredients.
The Olay Regenerist Retinol24 night-time range is the number one retinol collection in Australia.

What Does Retinol Skincare Do?

A derivative of vitamin A, retinol is an antioxidant that boosts our skin's collagen production (the protein responsible for maintaining our skin's elasticity and plumpness). It also increases cell turnover and renewal and regulates the production of oil.
It works to speed up the process of our dead (read: dull) cells with active and healthy ones and is one of the skincare world's go-to ingredients when it comes to renewing the skin and fighting off the signs of ageing, like the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
While some retinol skincare products can cause irritation, Olay has revolutionised the retinol game, with a bioavailable formula. With 20 years of research on vitamin A technology and after five years of testing on more than 10,000 women, they've developed a unique and stable Retinoid Complex, resulting in some of the best retinol skincare in Australia.
The Regenerist Retinol24 range formula contains a highly stabilised form of retinol that is more concentrated, and less irritating. The bioavailable formula ensures 24-hour potency and penetrates up to ten layers deep* into the skin.

Why You Should Use Niacinamide In Your Skincare

When it comes to reducing hyperpigmentation, using niacinamide in skincare is your new best friend.
Also referred to as vitamin B3, niacinamide both smooths and brightens the skin by slowing down the transfer of melanin (the pigment responsible for those dark and brown spots) in the skin.
It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can reduce the damage caused by environmental factors like pollution or UV rays and can improve the skin's barrier function to help maintain moisture.
To say it works hard when it comes to brightening, tightening, and smoothing our skin is an understatement.

Using Retinol Skincare And Niacinamide Together

With the skin resurfacing qualities of retinol, and the pigmentation-fighting powers of niacinamide, combining the two really does make for an anti-ageing duo worth adding to your beauty shelf.
It's one of the reasons why Olay Regenerist Retinol24 is the number one retinol skincare collection in Australia, with one retinol cream sold every three minutes around the country.
The night-time lineup includes a face moisturiser, face serum and eye cream, all formulated without any additional fillers, dyes, phthalates, sulphates or fragrances. With Olay's proprietary Retinol24 Retinoid Complex, niacinamide and amino peptides, the retinol skincare range promises round-the-clock hydration, plumper, more radiant skin and improved skin smoothness, tone and firmness.

How To Start A Retinol And Niacinamide Skincare Routine

The Olay Regenerist Retinol24 range is specifically designed to use before bed, and work while you sleep. After all, there's a reason it's called "beauty sleep".
Our skin does its best work while we get some much-needed, shut-eye, increasing cell turnover to repair and resurface the skin. With skin already in renewal mode, it's more receptive to active ingredients—like retinol and niacinamide—that give those processes a bit of a boost.

Skin also loses moisture overnight, so upping the hydration levels with a creamy and soothing moisturiser or serum will help keep that moisture barrier in intact.
Combining the work our bodies are already doing while we sleep and giving our skin a little boost with the powers of retinol and niacinamide, means you'll wake up with skin that is brighter, plumper and more youthful looking. Count us in.

The Best Retinol Serum in Australia

Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Serum, 30mL, $59.99.
This non-greasy and fragrance-free retinol serum is potent, gentle, and effective. It quickly absorbs into the skin, delivering visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is smoother, brighter, firmer, and the appearance of dark spots and pores are reduced—all with no irritation, thanks to Olay's stable Retinoid Complex.
After four weeks of use, 88 per cent of users saw smoother skin texture, while 86 per cent said their skin looked more radiant^.
Simply use two pearl-sized amounts in the evening on cleansed skin, before moisturiser for younger-looking, radiant skin while you sleep.

The Best Retinol Cream in Australia

Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Moisturiser, 50g, $59.99.
Smooth, creamy and hydrating, this night-time facial moisturiser absorbs quickly and hydrates your skin for 24 hours. Thanks to Olay's bioavailable formula, the active ingredients in the retinol cream penetrate deep into the skin's surface layers, for an improved overall complexion.
Wake up every morning to glowing, plumper and younger-looking skin. To see visible improvements to fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, and firming, smooth evenly every night on cleansed skin, after serum.
Ensure to follow up every morning with an SPF sunscreen, as using retinol products can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

The Best Retinol Eye Cream in Australia

Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Eye Cream, 15mL, $59.99.
Hello, bright eyes. This light and silky retinol cream will see you waking up with younger-looking, brighter and more radiant eyes. Before bed, apply around your eyes, for 24-hour hydration and to fight off the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines.
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* Epidermis layer
^ Based on consumer study (US180ZNU0 with 109 women over 4 weeks.