6 Beauty Products With Retinol That Will Help Transform Your Skin
If you've yet to discover the transformative properties of retinol, prepare to have your world (and skincare routine) forever changed. Whether you're trying to battle fine lines or kill a stubborn breakout, the wonder ingredient could be exactly what you need.
For those new to the game, retinol is an antioxidant derived from vitamin A, which speeds up cell turnover, ultimately improving the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and even those soul-destroying pimples that just won't seem to die.
The ingredient also helps to cut down on the production of sebum, which balances out oily skin types. It has a scary reputation, mainly because it can be slightly drying and irritating, especially to sensitive, dry skin types. Not all skin reacts the same way, though, and it all comes down to finding the right product and the perfect levels of potency.
To help you get started, we've compiled a list of the retinol-infused skincare products we swear by.
Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro-Peel
Apply a layer of this glycolic-rich peel before going to bed, and allow the blend of pure retinol work its magic overnight. You'll wake up to a more even tone, with a major reduction in fine lines and pore size.
Dr. Brandt 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream
Dr. Brandt's cream is gentle enough for the delicate skin around your eye area, but strong enough to fix even the deepest lingering crow's feet.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
If every retinol-based product you've tried has irritated your sensitive skin, Sunday Riley's oil could be your best bet. It's infused with calming blue tansy and chamomile, which soothe and minimize redness.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Cream
RoC's formula is just as gentle on your wallet as it is on your skin — hyaluronic acid counteracts notoriously drying retinol by keeping skin moisturized.
Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment
Need a dose of the pure stuff? Philosophy's formula is an alternative to the super-strong prescription Retin-A, and can be used either all over or as a spot treatment.
Differin Acne Treatment Gel
This once-daily, gel acne treatment utilizes the power of adapalene, a topical retinoid, to clear up acne. Some dryness may occur, but in about six weeks, we experienced seriously impressive reductions in breakouts. Apply it after cleasing your face and before moisturizing.