SUNDAY RILEY: LUNA SLEEPING NIGHT OIL
Whether you are a novice beauty/skincare enthusiast or well versed at what’s currently trending, the facial oil craze (in the last few years) has certainly garnered a bit of media time. Yet, it seems Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night oil was the first (to the best of my knowledge), which commercially branded its skincare treatment that combined the potent synergy between the natural goodness of its organic essential oils and retinol.
And in the years of its launch, it has developed a cult following. Even frequently regarded under the category of such statements as “holy grail” status to many. Yet, some have deemed this facial oil as overhyped and overpriced with mediocre effects and often – abysmal returns relative to its product claims.
However, one of the fascinating aspects of this particular breed of facial oils is its synergistic interaction with retinol. This unknowing combination of powerful retinol, which often provides varying reactions (dependent on your skin type) with the calming and nurturing effect of essential oils seems to provide a beautiful collaboration. But when we delve into the deeper surface (yes, that pun was intended) of this particular retinol — we quickly learn that it is actually a new cousin, dubbed Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (or HPR), within the traditional retinoid family that has been historically proven clinically and studied.
Intrigued, I wanted to dig slightly deeper and provide a thorough rundown looking at the product from a scientific perspective. At present, there doesn’t seem to be a corporate Sunday Riley website. Therefore, the only means of purchasing this lauded product is through Sephora or similarly certified online beauty distributors.
Whether you decide to make the jump and fork over your hard-earned money to invest in this blue elixir or pass altogether — I hope The Satori Chemist provided you with the knowledge to make a confident decision.
Ok, the claims as detailed on various online beauty websites. As stated earlier, Sunday Riley does not currently have a proper website which seems rather odd – but c’est la vie.
“A next-generation retinoid oil that improves skin plumpness and helps fight the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and pores for visibly clearer, younger-looking skin.
Luna works throughout the night to deliver more visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning.
Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness. Balanced with blue tansy and German chamomile essential oils—both rich in soothing, blue azulene—the look of redness and sensitivity are visibly balanced for a calm, even-toned complexion. Luna is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks, while advanced retinol ester mixed with potent botanicals makes this product the ultimate transformational, soothing, sleeping night oil.“
Ok, let’s parse this baby to its bare bones based on its ingredients:
|Substantiated||Claims||What's the Problem?|
Next generation retinoid oil
Improves skin plumpness
Fights appearance of wrinkles
Fights appearance of redness
Visibly clearer and younger skin
Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex: Reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles
Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex: Visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness.
Blue tansy and German chamomile: Rich in soothing, blue azulene
Blue tansy and German chamomile: Look of redness and sensitivity are visibly balanced for a calm, even-toned complexion.
|No correlative publications linking blue tansy oil with these claims.|
Clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, radiance, and skin smoothness in as little as four weeks.
|No product-specific data to substantiate claim|
SKIN TYPE & USE
Normal, Oily, Combination, Dry, Sensitive
THE GOOD & THE BAD
Outside of the obvious insurgent of color or dye ingredients (Green 6 and Violet 2) — I could not find any discernible reason to hate (or dislike) this product. If price point drives you or dissuades you from making a purchase — then I suppose Luna would fall under the more extravagant pricing category. And although there are some ingredients that I find to be redundant in its value or application toward this product’s claim to fame as an anti-aging superstar; ultimately, I find it to work well with my skin type.
THE UGLY (PRICE)
Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night oil ($55, $105)
DO I NEED THIS?
Again, whether you’ve stumbled upon this site trying to make the educated decision to purchase or not to purchase this retinoid facial oil — I would suggest to take to your local Sephora and request a sample. Now, most samples won’t necessarily provide much volume in determining whether to take the leap and purchase this product — but sample testing always allows a small glimpse into possible skin irritation and the suggestion of minimal benefits. And if you love the benefits of the Luna oil, but looking to try other blue tansy products, check out the list of Dupes! The Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil may not have the retinoic component, but this might be a cheaper foray into the blue tansy craze.
But if you want to know how I actually used this in my nighttime skincare regimen? Here you go!
Note: This is how I first started using the Luna oil. I have since mixed up my nighttime routine to experiment with a mixture of other brands in tandem. But this routine still works.
- Eye cream
- Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid treatment
- Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil
HOW TO MAXIMIZE THE BENEFITS?
The best way to utilize this facial oil is to be regimented about your skincare. Simple and to the point. That’s it, folks. There is nothing I can stress more than enough – than just being diligent about nightly use. Applying this type of treatment takes a bit. And if you have skin that is similar to mine – getting rid of hyperpigmentation after the age of 40 is a slow and steady race.
Again, if the luxurious price point is outside of your financial pocket reach – then see above for some options for that might be a worthy adversary to Luna.
Side note: I took some time away from using this – and after returning to this blue potion – my skin seemed to miss this overnight treatment. So take that as you see fit.
ARE THE CLAIMS BACKED BY SCIENCE?
For the most part, most of these ingredients have properties, which would provide evidence that supports the product claim. Whether it’s truly substantiated – remains to be seen. But if you technically take each ingredient for its face value research-based data separately – its components provide some scientific evidence. Synergistically combined? There is obviously no evidence that can support their combined claims.