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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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