So I finally caved and purchased some more items from Sunday Riley. I have really enjoyed the Sunday Riley products that I had previously- the Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream and the Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm. The two items that I got are the cult classic Luna Sleeping Night Oil, and a new item from the brand, the U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil.
The Luna Sleeping Night Oil is a retinoid oil that helps to improve skins plumpness, and fight the appearance of wrinkles and pores. In addition to retinol, it also contains blue tansy, chamomile, and chia seed oil. In addition, it is made without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Most retinoids are in a cream or gel form, and I really think that this product is unique in that it is a retinoid in oil form. I have used a prescription retinoid, Tazorac, for the past few years so I am very familiar with the effect (and side effects!) of retinoids. If you can get past the first few months using a retinoid, where you skin essentially purges itself and there is lots of associated peeling and flaking, then the benefits are wonderful. Retinols really help with most skin issues, from acne, acne scaring, to fine lines and wrinkles. I went on a break with my prescription retinol because I felt that it was a bit too strong for me. While I moved past the flaking stage a long time ago, I found that it made my skin extremely thin, and another side effect is extreme sun sensitivity. Not a huge issue since I wear sunscreen daily, but I am also outside daily and hate any added risk. In general though, I absolutely love retinol products. Continue reading to see my thoughts on this product.
While I have oily skin, I don’t mind using oil products, so long as they are non-comedogenic. I think that the Luna oil is a great blend of essential oils, and helps to calm and soothe irritated skin. The fact that it is bright blue is a little weird at first, but it actually helps to make sure you massage it in all the way! I found that it calmed my sensitive skin, and helped to hydrate it as well.
I think I may have a case of Goldilocks when it comes to retinols… my prescription was too strong for me, but I’m afraid that this item may be too weak for my taste. I unfortunately have not noticed any significant changes or improvements through using this product. It has not helped my pore size or my textural issues. I think it may have helped plump my skin some and help to calm it down, but other than that I have not noticed much change. While I normally love Sunday Riley products, and I know that this product is beloved by many, it just hasn’t really done what I expected. For the price, I think that there are more effective products out there.
The second item I picked up is a new one from Sunday Riley, the U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil. U.F.O. is a quick-absorbing, medicated dry oil to clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for clearer, smoother skin. Its primary ingredient is Salicylic Acid (level of 1.5%), and in addition contains Tea Tree Oil and Black Cumin Seed Oil to help clarify the skin. To see my thoughts on this product, continue reading below.
As with the Luna oil, I really wanted to like this product. I should have known that this product wouldn’t work too well for me, since my skin doesn’t respond well to Salicylic Acid. This product just didn’t do much at all for me, and I think that it actually made me break out some. If your skin responds positively to Salicylic Acid, then you may like this product, but for me it was a bit useless.
All in all, I had very hopes for these two products, but was really disappointed. I ended up returning both items, since for the price, they should work well and deliver on their stated benefits. I know Sunday Riley is a great brand though, since I have used and loved products from the brand before, but unfortunate these two products did not work for me.