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Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil Ingredients Explained

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Updated on July 18, 2023

Overview

What it is

Oil with 17 ingredients that contains retinoid

Cool Features

It is vegan, cruelty-free, and reef safe

Suited For

It has ingredients that are good for fighting acne, anti aging, dry skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, reducing pores, scar healing, dark spots and better texture

Free From

It doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, parabens, silicones or sulfates

Fun facts

Sunday Riley is from United States. This product is used in 180 routines created by our community.

We independently verify ingredients and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Does this product need an update? Let us know.

You should know

Here's our breakdown of the notable ingredients, benefits, and concerns we determined from the ingredients in this product. Click any item to learn more.

Notable Ingredients

Retinoid

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Good For Oily Skin
Reduces Irritation
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting

Concerns

Drying
May Worsen Oily Skin
Irritating
Eczema

Ingredient Info

Click any item below to learn more and view relevant ingredients.
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

Ingredients Overview

Here's our quick-to-read summary of the ingredients in this product. Keep scrolling if you'd like to learn more about what each ingredient does!
Ingredient
Features
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Skin Conditioning
0-3 / 0
Oil IconHelps hydrate Dry Skin IconNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon
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Emollient, Skin Conditioning
2-3 / 0
Oil IconNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon
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Skin Conditioning
4
Perfuming
Fragrance IconOil Icon
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Solvent
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Skin Conditioning
Retinoid IconCan worsen Dry Skin IconGood for Oily Skin IconMay cause irritation IconGood for Skin Texture IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconHelps with Anti-Aging IconGood for Dark Spots IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps fight Acne Icon
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Masking, Perfuming, Skin Conditioning
Fragrance IconOil Icon
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Masking, Skin Conditioning
Oil IconHelps reduce irritation Icon
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Masking
Oil Icon
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Skin Conditioning
Oil Icon
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Masking
Oil Icon
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Masking, Perfuming
Fragrance IconOil IconEU Allergen IconMay worsen Eczema Icon
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Masking, Perfuming, Tonic
Fragrance IconOil Icon
14
Emollient, Masking, Skin Conditioning
0 / 0
Oil IconHelps hydrate Dry Skin IconMay worsen Oily Skin IconNot safe for Fungal Acne Icon
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Antimicrobial, Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Cosmetic Colorant
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Cosmetic Colorant

Ingredients Explained

This product contains 17 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it
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What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Persea Gratissima Oil is made by pressing dehydrated avocado fruit from the tree Persea gratissima, Lauraceae.

Avocado Oil has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help fight off free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells.

Avocado Oil is mostly made up of the glycerides of fatty acids. About 67% of these fatty acids is made up of oleic acid. Palmitic acid and linoleic acid are also present.

These fatty acids help hydrate and soften the skin. It may increase collagen content in the skin. Collagen helps keep your skin plump and firm.

Avocado Oil reduces inflammation and has not shown to clog glands.

Avocados also have B vitamins, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium.

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What it does: Emollient, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil comes from the grape vine. Grape seeds are a byproduct of creating grape juice or wine.

The components of grape seeds have many skin benefits. Research has found it to be antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It also contains many potent antioxidants such as Vitamin E , Vitamin C, proanthocyanidins, polyphenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanins. Proanthocyanidin has been shown to help even out skin tone.

Antioxidants help fight free-radical molecules. Free-radical molecules are capable of damaging our cells and other genetic material. Antioxidants help stabilize free-radicals by donating extra electrons. Grape seed extract may help reduce the signs of aging.

The antimicrobial properties of grape seed may help treat acne. However, more research is needed to support this claim.

Grape seed has also been found to help absorb UV rays. Grape seed extract should not replace your sunscreen.

The fatty acids of grape seed oil give it emollient properties. Emollients help soothe and soften your skin by creating a film. This film traps moisture within, keeping your skin hydrated.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning

Rubus Fruticosus Seeds are blackberry seeds.

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What it does: Perfuming

Salvia Hispanica Herb Oil is a fragrance and is an oil.

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What it does: Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Dimethyl Isosorbide is a solvent and helps deliver actives into your skin. It is created from sorbitol.

As a solvent, dimethyl isosorbide helps dissolve other ingredients. This helps ensure even distribution of an ingredient. It may also be used to decrease the thickness of a product.

Studies show dimethyl isosorbide is able to penetrate skin to deliver other ingredients into the skin, making them more effective.

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What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Loved

This ingredient is a retinoid. It usually goes by a more common name: "Granactive".

Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) belongs to the class of retinoids that also includes retinol and tretinoin.

Retinoids have been proven to:

So what is the difference between all the retinoids? Most retinoids need to go through a conversion line to become effective on skin. The ending product is retinoic acid. Retinoic acid is AKA tretinoin.

HPR is an ester of tretinoin. Emerging studies suggest HPR to have an added benefit that other retinoids don't have: Low irritation.

A study from 2021 found HPR to have the greatest stability when exposed to light and temperature out of all the commercial retinoids.

A note about naming: The name "Granactive" is the trade name and the name most commonly used on packages.

Granactive is the name of the mixture - about 90% solvent and 10% HPR. A product with 5% granactive has 0.5% HPR.

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What it does: Masking, Perfuming, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

This oil is the the volatile oil distilled from the dried flower heads of the Roman Chamomile flower.

Chamomile is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Several compounds found in chamomile help with soothing, such as bisbolol.

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What it does: Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Tanacetum Annuum Flower Oil is an oil. It can be good for be good for sensitive skin.

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What it does: Masking

Eriocephalus Punctulatus Oil is the volatile oil obtained from the whole plant, Eriocephalus punctulatus, Compositae. Cape Chamomille Oil

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What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Citrus Aurantium Amara Peel Oil is an oil.

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What it does: Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil comes from the bitter orange, an orange native to Southeast Asia.

This orange is commonly used in cosmetics and food. It is a common ingredient for marmalade.

Citrus peels are often made up of mainly limonene, a fragrance with a citrus scent. They also contain flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

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What it does: Masking, Perfuming
Community Rating: Disliked

Cananga Odorata Flower Oil comes from the ylang-ylang flower, Cananga odorata.

Ylang-ylang oil has slight antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties. However, it also contains a number of sensitizing ingredients such as geraniol, limonene, linalool and benzyl benzoate. These compounds are known EU allergens.

The composition of this ingredient depends on the source. Luxury perfumes tend to use higher grade ylang-ylang for their fragrance. Lower grade ylang-ylang is less fragrant.

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What it does: Masking, Perfuming, Tonic

Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil is a fragrance and is an oil.

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What it does: Emollient, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Disliked

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil is the oil derived from the seeds of a Sunflower. Sunflower seed oil is non-fragrant. It is an emollient, meaning it helps to soften the skin.

Sunflower seed oil contains many fatty acids. The fatty acids found in sunflower seeds include (from highest amount to least): linoleic acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, arachidic acid, oleic acid, and linolenic acid.

These fatty acids help the skin create ceramides. Ceramides play a role in repairing the skin barrier.

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil helps moisturize the skin. This in turn helps the skin look more rejuvenated and smoother.

Sunflowers are rich in vitamin E.

Historians believe Indigenous cultures of North America domesticated sunflowers before corn. Thus they relied on sunflower oil for a variety of uses. One such use is moisturizing skin and hair.

Sunflower seed oil may not be fungal acne safe. We recommend speaking with a professional if you have any concerns.

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What it does: Antimicrobial, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract comes from rosemary. Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean.

While Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil can be volatile due to its fragrant properties, this component is usually removed in the leaf extract.

Rosemary Leaf Extract can help protect your skin against damage from free-radical molecules. It contains many antioxidants such as rosmarinic acid and caffeic acid. Rosemarinic acid has been found to help soothe skin conditions such as eczema and acne.

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What it does: Cosmetic Colorant

We don't have a description for Ci 61565.

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What it does: Cosmetic Colorant

We don't have a description for Ci 60725.

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6% are loved or liked
24% have mixed ratings
35% are disliked or very disliked
35% have no rating yet

When to use

We've created a guide with info on when you should use Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil. We've also included some recommended products to use it with, as well as some routine inspiration!

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Reviews

4.0 /5
from 3 ratings
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reneelovesherskin

1 year ago · Normal Skin
Review

love this oil!
I was hesitant at first to put an oil on my face, worried about break outs, but Luna hasn't given me any problems. I like how it...

love this oil!
I was hesitant at first to put an oil on my face, worried about break outs, but Luna hasn't given me any problems. I like how it comes out blue as you put in on your face then blends in - it's fun! I tolerated this level of retinol really well. I think it contributed to anti-aging benefits on my face.

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KytheGemini_174

8 months ago · Combination Skin
Review

This product is perfect for beginners using retinol, it’s gentle but effective. It makes me wake up with baby soft skin! I’ve noticed a difference...

This product is perfect for beginners using retinol, it’s gentle but effective. It makes me wake up with baby soft skin! I’ve noticed a difference in the plumpness and smooth texture of my skin and pores! It helps with aging, it’s perfect!