Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

I’ve only been using this cream for a few weeks, but I’ve been asked so much about my thoughts, I figured I’d give a run through of my thoughts so far (to really see the full effects of retinol, a few months usage is preferable)

What is it?

This is a retinol-based product from the brand Drunk Elephant who pride themselves on not containing the “suspicious 6” – this includes essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS.  I’m a fan of essential oils so this isn’t what drew me to the products, it was the love they were receiving online by trusted beauty bloggers which piqued my interest. 

This silicone-free formulation features 1% retinol, including ingredients such as passionfruit, apricot, kale and winter cherry extracts, peptides and fatty acids. 

What does it do?

Retinol is one of the few proven ingredients to penetrate the skin and help with fine lines and wrinkles.  It gently promotes skin renewal and boosts collagen production, minimising the look of fine lines and dark spots.

How to use it?

Take a pea sized amount and apply to clean dry skin at night.  Retinol is best used at night as sunlight destroys it and causes sensitivity.  Ensure to keep your skin well hydrated with hyaluronic acid and moisturisers day and night to help with any dryness (this is possible with all retinol use)

Does it work?

I’ve been using retinol for a few years now so despite hearing it packed a punch, I went ahead and ignored the instructions – using it 4 nights in a row, I found after day four a small amount of dryness around my eyes.  I don’t use retinol on that area but clearly some had crept up and caused it.  Having said that, I cut back and now use twice per week and do I love it?  Oh yes!  This product shows instant results.  When I wake the following morning, my skin is clear, refined and looks healthy.  It feels super smooth and makeup applies beautifully.  With further use I’m hoping to see even better results so will continue to use.  Since cutting back I haven’t experienced any issues. However, if you’re not used to retinol, use sparingly and only once or twice a week to build up tolerance.

Where can you get it?

I bought on Cult Beauty here for €69.  It’s not cheap but it lasts for a long time and good retinols are worth investing in if funds allow.

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