As always, I am fashionably late to the party with this brand, but I’ve been using (and loving) the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil* and Pure Hyaluronic Serum* for a couple of months now, so I figured it was time to tell you all about how great they both are.
Pestle & Mortar is a luxury, Irish skincare brand founded by Sonia Deasy. The brand has a ‘less-is-more’ philosophy – offering simple and effective skincare solutions to boost hydration levels and instantly optimise skin tone and texture – Perfect for this time of year if the aftermath of overindulging at Christmas is still evident on your skin.
Focusing on natural healing principles, their no-fuss approach to skincare is completely free of harsh chemicals and ingredients and so the result is a simple, clean and effective skincare range. This is also portrayed through their gorgeous minimalistic packaging; a clean glass bottle with a pipette and tough, matte black plastic; each housed in a sturdy cylindrical box – what’s there not to love!?
The Pure Hyaluronic Serum is a great multi-tasking serum that can be worn underneath moisturiser both AM and PM. I tend to only use this in the mornings as my evening skincare routine is a bit more complex and I don’t feel the need to add any more steps to my routine.
The super lightweight, watery formula works to plump, brighten, intensely hydrate & smooth skin – and the effects are immediate; it restores a visibly healthy glow and radiance! This would beneficial for any skin type, however I think it would work particularly well for those with dry and dehydrated skin.
I apply 2 or 3 drops into palm of my hand and apply it to clean skin without worrying too much about massaging in, as it absorbs really quickly. I have tried it with numerous moisturisers over the top and it works effectively with everything; leaving no residue and providing a great base for makeup application.
The key ingredients are: Hyaluronic Acid (hydrates, plumps & smoothes skin), Aloe Vera juice (soothes skin and is anti-inflammatory), Vitamin E (great for anti-ageing) & Lactic Acid (a gentle AHA that exfoliates, brightens and reduces breakouts).
The Superstar Retinol Night Oil is one of Pestle & Mortar’s cult products, and if you’re new to retinol; you should know that it is the only proven anti-ageing ingredient that actually works to soften lines, prevent wrinkles, brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of pores and help the texture of the skin. However, in the words of Caroline Hirons.. ‘If you’re under 30 and healthy, it’s not urgent. If you’re over 40, it should be your priority.’
As it’s such a wonder ingredient, this particular retinol oil is is formulated with two types of retinol in a base of cold-pressed grapeseed oil and it claims to supercharge the skin while you sleep.
The results aren’t immediate with this and in all honestly, it feels like any other oil on the skin; lightweight and absorbs quite fast. The scent isn’t particularly pleasant but at the same time, it isn’t overly offensive and dissipates within about 10 minutes so it hasn’t put me off continuing to use the oil. It also takes a while to notice results with this one, but I can honestly say that the benefits are so great, it’s definitely worth persevering with it.
1 pump is more than enough to cover your entire face, and I apply it to clean skin in the evenings. Out of sheer laziness, I often use it alone and find that it can leave my skin feeling slightly dry in the mornings, especially at this time of year, so I prefer to use a good moisturising night cream over the top of it.
I use it every other day and over the course of two months, it has visibly combatted my scars and blemishes, improved the elasticity of my skin, tightened pores and improved the overall condition of my skin. I’m relatively new to the retinol game, but I love waking up with plump, soft and hydrated skin every time I use this and I’m hopeful that over time, I will see a reversal in my fine lines and wrinkles.
As you may be able to tell, I’m already a big fan and I want to try some more products from their range now. I’d love to hear your recommendations if you are familiar with this brand?