These are the best retinol skincare products for anti-aging and acne

Alyssa Tria
Shopping Editor
Yahoo Canada

While we all know there isn't just one superhero ingredient that can reverse all skin concerns, retinol is one ingredient that continues to receive all praises from dermatologists as a cure for, well, almost everything. A common derivative found in anti-aging and acne products, it’s been proven to work fast and efficiently to refine the skin’s tone and texture. So whether you’re looking to tighten and firm wrinkles, brighten dark spots and under eyes, diminish scars and/or zap a few zits away, we’ve rounded up a few retinol-base formulas we stan for.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask


These hydrating eye mask sheets promise to smooth the appearance of fine lines in as little as 15 minutes. Delivering liquid retinol, a pure form of vitamin A, it supports cell turnover and softens the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet. For the best results, use twice a week.

Shop it: $80, Sephora

NeoStrata Comprehensive Retinol 0.3% Night Serum

Shoppers Drug Mart

Whether you’re dealing with enlarged pores, uneven texture and/just overall signs of ageing, this night serum contains high strength 0.3% pure, stabilized retinol and hyaluronic acid to enhance skin tone, texture, and an overall youthful and healthy appearance.

Shop it: $69 (originally $92), Shoppers Drug Mart

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane


A lightweight, water-free solution that helps reduce the look of photo damage and general ageing skin. Apply two to three drops directly on to the skin or mix in with your night cream.

Shop it: $7, Sephora

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream


Formulated with one per cent retinol and vitamin F, this clean formula is designed to address the damages from daily exposure to UV rays, pollution, or other free radicals and restore suppleness to ageing skin. Limit initial use to once or twice a week and gradually increase frequency to every other night.

Shop it: $98, Sephora

Rodial Retinol 10% Booster Drops


Made with a 10% retinol rejuvenating concentrate, these quick-absorbing drops target pigmentation caused by acne and sun damage, while visibly reducing the look of pores. Apply to the face and neck, but only use at night time.

Shop it: $89, beautyBOUTIQUE

First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid


Made with microencapsulated retinol, this rich rejuvenating eye cream helps combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while leaving the eye area looking smoother, firmer, and more youthful. Apply day and night.

Editor’s tip: When applied during the day, be sure to apply with sunscreen as retinoids can make skin extra sensitive to sun exposure, causing burns and discolouration.

Shop it; $55, Sephora

Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion


Great for blemish-prone skin, this gentle, oil-free face lotion helps keep skin say smooth and healthy. Its hydrating formula is enriched with retinol and Queen of Meadow extract to reduce sebum production, and tighten pores, while supporting a healthy cell function.

Shop it: $40, Nordstrom

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