Retinol Complex Oil

A restorative facial oil that targets fine lines, dark spots, and dryness for visibly radiant, rejuvenated skin.

$
49
(30ml)
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What’s not to love?
Packed with age-defying vitamin A, this lightweight Retinol Complex Oil restores the look and feel of skin. Derived from coconut, seed, and fruit oils, this gentle yet potent formula diminishes fine lines, dark spots, and dryness. It also improves elasticity and firmness for glowing, youthful skin.
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Fade dark spots
  • Brighten complexion
  • Hydrate & rejuvenate
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WHY WE MADE THIS
Retinol is one of the most well-researched skincare ingredients. This Retinol Complex Oil can smooth texture, improve fine lines, and combat UV damage in one powerful bottle.
THE SCIENCE
1
Reduces signs of ageing
Vitamin A improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, while supporting cell renewal and boosting elasticity.
2
Antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory
Sandalwood seed oil replenishes skin’s moisture while protecting against free radicals.
3
Keeps skin supple and hydrated
Rosehip oil moisturises and smooths texture for bouncy, elastic skin.
4
Supports a healthy skin barrier
Seabuckthorn oil locks fortifies the skin's lipid barrier and locks in moisture.

Build your evening routine

Gently rub 2-3 drops across the face, neck and chest each evening.

All skin types can use the Retinol Complex Oil, including those with sensitive skin who don’t want to use prescription retinoids.

Can I use this with my custom formula?

The Retinol Complex Oil can be used on alternate nights with your Software prescription formula. Avoid using these products together to minimise irritation. We recommend adding the Retinol Complex Oil into your routine 6-8 weeks after starting your prescription formula, once your skin has adjusted.

Hero ingredients

Probiocin V

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Soothes and moisturises scalp while reducing redness and irritation.

ProRenew Complex

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Balances scalp microbiome and improves skin barrier function.

Aquaxyl/Saccharide

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Deeply moisturises the top layer of the scalp to reduce flaking and dryness.

Follicusan DP

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Vitalises the scalp and hair follicles to support hair growth.

Saccharide

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Major component in natural moisturising factors that nourishes the scalp.

Elaya Renova

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Stimulates collagen at the base of the hair follicle to strengthen hair anchoring.

PatcH20

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Intensely moisturises the scalp for barrier protection.

Glycerin

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Works immediately to tighten skin, making the surface seem firmer and tighter.

Hyaluronic acid (LMW MMW)

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Medium and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration from the middle to the deepest layers of the skin.

Hyaluronic acid (LMW)

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Provides intense hydration from the middle to the deepest layers of the skin.

Chromium

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Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and support carbohydrate metabolism.

Vitamin B5

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An essential nutrient that regulates skin barrier function, including oil production, which in turn helps to reduce acne.

Zinc

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Help reduce redness and irritation associated with acne, while also targeting free radical production.

Niacinamide

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Delivers moisture and strengthens the skin barrier.

Tea tree oil

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Classic for a reason. An ideal addition to acne treatment blends due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Glycolic acid

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This unique alpha hydroxy acid deeply penetrates skin and sheds dead cells, while also stimulating collagen production.

N-acetyle glucosamine

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Occurring naturally in our skin, this amino sugar targets fine lines and pigmentation as it hydrates and heals.

Arginine

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Contains antioxidant effects that target free radicals while replenishing skin and helping to repair damage.

Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF)

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Dual action to attract and retain moisture in the skin for instant and long-term skin hydration.

Ceramide NP

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Protects the skin from environmental stressors such as pollution and climate, while replenishing skin lipids.

Polysaccharide complex

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Attracts and retains moisture while maintaining skin barrier integrity and supporting water circulation.

Hydroviton®

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Attracts and retains moisture while maintaining skin barrier integrity and improving complexion.

Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer

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Forms an occlusive barrier to protect skin from transepidermal water loss.

Vectorised hyaluronic acid

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Provides deep layer hydration while plumping the skin and reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Raspberry seed oil

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Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Fatty acids

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Mimics the skin’s natural fatty acid composition and supports skin barrier function.

Bacillus ferment, jojoba seed and oat kernel oils

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Contains prebiotics and postbiotics for a healthy and well-nourished microbiome.

Vitamin A

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Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates cell renewal and improves skin structure and elasticity.

Gluconolactone

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A poly-hydroxy acid that gently lifts and exfoliates surface layer skin cells to reveal soft and renewed skin.

Vitamin E

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Protects the skin from environmentally-induced free radicals such as UV and pollution.

Salicylic acid

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A beta-hydroxy acid that exfoliates and unclogs pores, clears away bacteria and reduces blackheads.

Ferulic acid

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Refines the appearance of dull looking skin and boosts the activity of Vitamin C while repairing skin on a deep level.

Lanosterol esters

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Repairs and restores natural skin emollience and traps moisture for supple, soft and nourished skin.

Alpha-lipoic acid

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A potent antioxidant that helps brighten skin tone, improve the appearance of fine lines and enhance skin radiance.

Bemotrizinol

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Broad spectrum UV filter that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Vitamin C

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Reduces pigmentation and dark spots, while supporting collagen production and provides protection to the skin barrier.

Butyloctyl salicylate

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Supports stablisation of UV-filters while maintaining a smooth, moisturising feel.

Squalane

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Moisturises, hydrates and provides antioxidant protection to strengthen, repair and protect the skin barrier.

Ceramides

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Protects from environmental stressors like weather and pollution and replenishes skin lipids.

Seabuckthorn oil

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Stimulates regenerative actions of the skin barrier, boosts skin elasticity and reduces water loss.

Hyaluronic Acid

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Moisturises and hydrates deep in the skin cells, repairing dry skin and preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Rosehip oil

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Naturally high in Vitamin A and C and a host of fatty acids that help to refine the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sodium PCA

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Attract and retains up to 250 times its own weight in water, keeping the skin moisturised and hydrated.

Sandalwood seed oil

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Keeps skin in optimal condition thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial qualities.

Propanediol

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Avocado extract that reduces puffiness under the eye and regulates pigmentation.

Fucus Vesiculosis Extract

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Prevents and reduces vascular inflammation to help reduce dark circles.

Sodium hyaluronate

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Attracts, binds, and retains moisture in the skin barrier layers to keep skin hydrated and healthy.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8

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Penetrates the skin’s deep layers to prevent the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles.

Nonapeptide-1

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Energises skin cells to brighten and smooth the skin.

Full ingredient list

Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Pentaclethra Macroloba (Pracaxi) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Seed Oil, Rosa Eglanteria (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Retinol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, BHT.

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4.7
reviews stars
(713 reviews)
Such an amazing product!
[These products] do exactly as they describe.I've had amazing successes with the Foaming Wash, Vit C Serum and Retinol Oil - I can't recommend them enough and have gifted [them] to both my mum and sister-in-law!
Ames
5 rating stars
An unexpected quick turn-around in my skin
After 3 weeks of using the Essentials Kit and Vitamin C plus Retinol, my skin has visibly improved in terms of texture, fine lines, and pigment. Very happy with the results in such a short time!
Jana
5 rating stars
Actually amazing!
I never leave a review mostly because I normally feel so-so about products. BUT Software Vit C and Retinol are actually AMAZING! Only been using for a few weeks and this stuff has transformed my skin! So smooth and clear.
Rechell L
5 rating stars
Extremely good
I am using both Vitamin C and retinol from Software and it’s one of the best products in my skincare range.
Priya
5 rating stars
Really works
I am 44 years old have been using prescription Software for [almost] one year. The reduction in pigmentation and increase in brightness has been significant. I now use their Salicylic Foaming Wash, Ceramide Repair Balm, and Retinol Complex Oil - all lovely products which do as they say.
Nadia Y
5 rating stars
Best skincare treatment I have tried!
Great product. Fixed my acne issues and [helps] prevent aging too. The purchase process is fantastic and doctors give great support. Reorder cycle is planned to perfection if you use product as instructed. Highly recommended the prescription, but also their moisturizer, Retinol Oil and Vitamin C serum.
Bruna D
5 rating stars

Designed to enhance your custom formula

The Retinol Complex Oil is formulated to smooth texture, improve fine lines, and support the skin barrier. Combined with your clinical strength formula, this routine will address your specific skincare concerns whille supporting overall skin health.
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Questions?

We’ve got answers brought to you by Software’s skincare experts.

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Dr. Matt Vickers
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Can I use the Retinol Complex Oil with my custom formula?

The Retinol Complex Oil can be used on alternate nights with your Software formula. We recommend adding the Retinol Complex Oil into your routine 6-8 weeks after starting your medical-grade formula, once your skin has adjusted.

Is the Retinol Complex Oil safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Vitamin A products, including the Retinol Complex Oil, aren’t suitable for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive.

Can I use Vitamin C and retinol together?

We do not recommend using vitamin C and retinol in the same routine to avoid irritation. For best results, use the Vitamin C + Ferulic Serum in the morning, and the Retinol Complex Oil in the evening.

How does retinol work?

Retinol stimulates the growth of new cells and increases the rate that old skin cells are shed in order to noticeably reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots while improving skin elasticity and firmness.

What are the side effects of using retinol?

Common side effects of retinol include dryness, irritation, redness or peeling. Our Ceramide Repair Balm is designed to be used alongside the Retinol Complex Oil as it calms skin, injects hydration and helps to mitigate these side effects.

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