Whether you're in your twenties, thirties or beyond, there's no denying retinol is the gold standard in skincare.
Repeatedly shown in clinical trials to improve skin cell turnover and to minimise the breakdown of collagen, no other skincare ingredient quite lives up to the dermatologist-approved vitamin A derivative, which also solves skin concerns such as acne, hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles, dryness, rough skin texture, blemishes - you get our drift!
Once eye-wateringly expensive, more and more beauty brands are making retinol accessible for those on the quest for better skin, formulating their creams, serums and oils with the proven ingredient and at a number of different strengths to suit a range of skin types. Flaky forehead? No thanks.
Check out our pick of the best retinol creams, serums, and oils that'll transform your skin overnight.
N.B. Retinol should be applied immediately after cleansing and before any other skincare products at night. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UVA and UBV rays, so always wear an SPF in the daytime.More
Approved by facialists and skin specialists all over, this is a great product to start with if you've never used retinol before, and contrary to popular belief, it actually pays to introduce the savvy ingredient into your skincare routine in your 20s. With 0.3 pure retinol, it's gentle on the skin but still has the muscle to blur dark spots, rough skin texture and lines into oblivion in a matter of weeks. It's hydrating enough without being greasy so you can hit the pillow and not stick to it. Top marks, SkinCeuticals.
This retinol cream is a little richer and more velvety than the others - perfect if you like lots of moisture. For those whose skin isn't accustomed to retinol, it comes with a 'Buffer Cream' to make it more tolerable. Simply mix one part retinol and three parts buffer and apply it directly onto cleansed skin at night. If you don't experience any irritation, you can slowly wean yourself off of the accompanying cream. It's brilliant at evening out skin tone and texture.