Rosehip and retinoid are the dream team. Like all the best combinations, they work in a complementary way to deliver beautiful, nourished skin, and here's how...
Let's start with rosehip. Rosehips are the seed pods of roses and are packed full of ingredients that are amazing for your skin. They are used to make tea, anti-inflammatory medications, and skincare. Rosehip oil is pressed from rosehips and contains:
Vitamins A, C, D and E which contain antioxidants to keep skin rejuvenated and healthy.
Omegas 3, 6 and 9 which are nutritious fatty acids. They minimise wrinkles and fine lines, boost hydration and restore elasticity and smoothness.
Lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene - all of which improve softness, reduce sun damage and protect.
Rosehip oil works to smooth the complexion and even-out skin tone. It is intensely moisturising without clogging pores, and improves overall skin condition. It can even help to reduce scars and fine lines by encouraging cellular regeneration and refining the skin's texture.
The other player in the dream team is equally gifted.
Retinoid is made from Vitamin A. All dermatologists agree that it's a total powerhouse for ageing skin. Retinoid works to increase cell turnover and collagen production, and to increase blood flow to the skin for a more glowing complexion. It's brilliant for anyone who wants to address ageing issues, texture, adult acne, fine lines and sagging skin. It's available in different strengths, with some formulas at prescription level. Retinoid needs to be used with care. Dermatologists recommend only using it at night, and to always use an SPF in the morning as retinoid can increase the risk of skin damage. It's also sensible to introduce your skin to retinoid gradually, using it on alternate nights initially to acclimatise yourself.
Combining the power of rosehip and retinoidis a gift for skin, and Votary Intense Night Oil does just that, which is why it has established cult status so quickly. It's also available as one of our minis, which is perfect for properly trialling and seeing the difference it can make to your skin.
Votary Intense Night Oil is an overnight treatment for mature or dull skin. Made with 0.1%hydroxypinacolone retinoate, a gentle, oil-soluble form of retinoid, it encourages the skin's natural turnover of cells, and reduces the breakdown of collagen without causing the irritation that can be associated with some other forms of retinoid. It improves tone, adds softness and brightness, and means you wake to firmer, smoother skin. Rosehip oil (helped by avocado oil and tomato seed oil) deeply hydrates and nourishes, and helps with pigmentation and the balancing of the skin's mantle. Acmella flower extract boosts firmness, while Australian sandalwood extract reduces inflammation and fine lines. All of these luxurious ingredients work with the retinoid to nurture, nourish and restore, and to make skin appear softer and more youthful. (It's also available as one of our minis, which is perfect for properly trialling and seeing the difference it can make to your skin.)
To use, take four or five drops into your palms, and gently smooth into your face and neck with upward motions. Let it work while you sleep and wake to beautifully rejuvenated skin.
Votary Intense EyeOilalso contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate.The skin around the eyes is delicate and shows the clearest signs of ageing. The retinoid and botanical actives in Intense Eye Oil revitalise the eye area, rejuvenating as you sleep. To use, sweep the roller ball tipped vial around the eye socket and gently pat into the area around your eye with your fingertips, paying particular attention to dark circles beneath the eye and fine lines by the temple. It's also available as the cutest of our minis.