I feel like my Hydrating Milky Collection haul just went up, but shortly afterwards the Retinol Jasmine Collection arrived. I’ll be honest I’ve barely started transitioning the Milky Collection into my routine, so I haven’t had much of a chance to use the Pixi Retinol Jasmine skintreats.
My skin has been pretty high maintenance this year so I’m hesitant to immediately start using these products. I’m planning on transitioning them in slowly, and only using one at a time for now. I had a bad retinol experience earlier this year, so I’m much more cautious about the skincare ingredients I’m combing these days.
*These products were gifted to me in PR. All opinions are my own and this post is not sponsored.
Pixi Beauty Retinol Jasmine Collection haul
The Retinol Collection from Pixi Beauty contains a cleanser, toner, lotion, eye cream and face oil. This collection is a little smaller than Pixi’s other skintreats collections. I think having more than two or three products with retinol as an ingredient would be overkill, so I don’t mind the smaller collection. So before we get into the products let’s talk about Retinol:
What is Retinol?
If you’ve heard of Vitamin A you’ve heard of retinol. According to Paula’s Choice, my #1 favourite resource for skincare research & information, Retinol is “a skin-restoring, wrinkle-smoothing, firming ingredient and an antioxidant, allowing it to improve a variety of skin concerns, most related to visible signs of aging.”
The article goes on to say that retinol should be stored in air tight, light restrictive packaging. It’s best to start small with retinol as it can have side affects such as dryness and irritation.
Two of the products in this collection have a retinol-jasmine combination. I knew about the oil before receiving this collection but I didn’t realize they had a retinol cleanser. This cleanser contains Vitamin A (retinol), ceramides and antioxidants. I haven’t tried this, so I’ll have to let you guys know how it goes when I do. I’m hoping it’s a creamy lotion style cleanser like Pixi’s Rose Cream Cleanser.
This is my fifth toner that I’ve had the opportunity to test from Pixi! So far I haven’t found it much different than their Rose or Milky tonics. I think the Milky tonic is a little bit more soothing, but I haven’t used it long enough to have an opinion.
The Retinol Tonic uses a time-release retinol, so I guess if it stays on your skin it’s supposed to release more of it throughout the day? I don’t really know how that works! I’ve heard from a few people that this causes breakouts, but so far my skin has been fine.
It;s interesting to me that Pixi calls all of their moisturizers “lotions”. I assume that they’re intended as face moisturizers but I know a few girls on instagram who have been using them as body lotions. I think whatever you want to use them as is fine!
This youth enhancing lotion is supposed to be lightweight, and rich in antioxidants. It contains vitamin A, Jasmine oil & peptides to nourish the skin.
I was the most excited for the eye cream in the collection! I just finished my Saturday Skin Brightening Eye Cream so it was a pleasant surprise to find this as a replacement. It’s supposed to nourish the under eye area and promote elasticity.
So far I haven’t really noticed a huge difference in my under eyes. I think the Saturday Skin eye cream did a better job of reducing puffiness and brightening, so I will probably go back to it when I run out of this cream. I like the idea of a retinol I can use for my under eyes though.
A lot of oils can actually be used both night & day but are marketed as night oils due to the color. A very blue or yellow oil can show up against your skin, so a lot of the time people prefer to use them just at night. I’m sure this oil would be fine during the day too.
The Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil is supposed to plump & smooth the skin, reducing the look of fine lines & pores.
This exquisite oil blend is especially effective in helping skin recover from loss of moisture and dullness. It helps repair damage as well as calm and restore stressed and unbalanced skin.
This oil sounds right up my alley. I love to use the Pixi Rose Oil Blend in the evenings when my skin is really iritated and breaking out. It helps calm and smooth my skin, but it’s so rich that it’s only something I use once in a while.
This jasmine oil blend smells similar to the rose blend, with notes of jasmine & primrose. It also contains antioxidants, vitamin C, grape seed oil and omega 6 oil. I will hopefully be an effective cocktail for soothing & repairing dry skin!
Are you interested in the Pixi Retinol Collection?
I’m looking forward to trying all of these products, but as I said in the intro I want to be cautious adding retinol back into my routine. I recently started adding the Paula’s choice retinol from my February haul back into my routine, and I’m going pretty slow with it. I probably won’t be comfortable with a daily dose of retinol for at least another few months!