Best Retinol Creams 2021 - The Dermatology Review

Best Retinol Creams 2021



Anti-aging creams may come and go, but one ingredient remains the gold standard: retinol. Derived from Vitamin A, retinol has been used safely since the 1970s. But what exactly is it, how does it work, and should you incorporate a retinol cream into your beauty routine- even if you don’t have wrinkles?

What is Retinol?

Retinol is derived from vitamin A. The most famous retinol product is Retin-A, which was approved by the FDA in 1971 as a prescription treatment for acne. 

But while the user’s pimples were vanishing, they started seeing other benefits to their skin. Fine lines and sunspots were fading, and skin texture looked smoother. Even pores looked smaller. Skin just looked better, glowier, and more vibrant. Sounds like a miracle product? 

While there’s no such thing as a miracle, retinol and retinoids come close. Or put another way- retinol is the best anti-aging product money can buy that isn’t injectable.

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Since the debut of retinol, it has found its way over the counter, at drugstores and department makeup counters in products that contain high doses of retinol in safe but effective formulas. Think of retinol as multi-taskers and one of the hardest-working products in your beauty arsenal.

What Does Retinol Do?

Retinols exfoliate the skin, purging it of old skin cells and creating new ones, which results in new, fresh skin with a smooth texture. They also help to shrink pores and increase cell turnover inside the pore, making it less likely to clog with dirt and oil. Retinols work by thinning the top layer of the skin while thickening the smoother second layer (the epidermis) which makes skin look dewy and firm.

But perhaps retinol’s biggest claim to fame is that it can help support collagen production. When it comes to tackling the signs of anti-aging, collagen is key as it’s what gives skin elasticity and firmness. Think of it as a support structure for the skin, and keep in mind that collagen creation starts to diminish in your 30s.

Are Retinol Creams Only For the Face?

Retinol laced products are available in face creams, eye creams, neck creams as well as body creams to tackle skin issues ranging from fine lines and dark spots to stretch marks.

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What is the Difference Between a Retinol and Retinoid?

Retinol and retinoids are all forms of vitamin A. They have the same function but their main difference is how they are converted to retinoic acid, the active form of vitamin A, in the body. 

Retinoic acid is the strongest version and is available by prescription.  It is also known as tretinoin. “Retinoids” is an umbrella term that includes both over-the-counter and prescription versions of vitamin A, while “retinol” refers only to the over-the-counter version. 

Some products contain pro-retinol which are listed as retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and retinyl linoleate on the packaging. These are more gentle than retinol and can take longer to see results with them. However, one benefit of over-the-counter retinol is that it may not cause as much irritation as a prescription-strength version.

Who Should Use A Retinol Cream?

The quick answer is everybody. Just about all skin types can benefit from using a retinol product but it’s best suited for anyone who has normal to oily skin that isn’t overly sensitive. 

Anyone with acne-prone skin may benefit from using it. While retinol can cause irritation (more on that later), the key is finding the right percentage and frequency of use that is best suitable for your skin.

What Age Should I Start Using Retinol?

When it comes to anti-aging, prevention is half the battle- so don’t want until you start to see lines and dark spots to do something about it. The general rule of thumb is to start incorporating retinol into your routine around the mid to late 20s.

How Long Does it Take for Retinol to Work?

Everyone’s skin will react differently to retinol, but in general, it takes about 12 weeks to six months to see results. Patience- and consistency of use- are key to seeing results.

What Strength of Retinol Do I Need?

Over-the-counter retinol products come in a variety of concentrations, ranging from 0.01% up to 1%. What exactly does this mean? It comes down to the strength of the product, which is important as retinol can be irritating to the skin.

If you’ve never used retinol before, start with a low concentration and see how the skin tolerates it before moving up to a moderate strength, which tends to be from 0.04% to 0.1%. The highest percentage is between 0.5% and 1% retinol.

But bigger isn’t always better when it comes to retinol concentration. The skin will still gain benefits from a lower-strength product, as consistency of use is key. But if your skin has plenty of sun damage, deep wrinkles, and sunspots, you will want to build up to a stronger concentration.

Does Retinol Have Any Side Effects?

Yes, side effects can occur when using a retinol cream. Retinol is powerful, especially in higher concentrations, and can cause irritation, peeling, and redness. 

Anyone who has rosacea or particularly sensitive skin may be prone to irritation from using it. Usually, side effects can be managed easily by reducing the frequency and concentration of the retinol. 

It is also important to wear a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF while using retinol as skin may burn more easily.

Related: How Does Retinol Work?, What Are The Side Effects?

Are Retinol Creams Safe?

Retinol is one of the most studied skincare ingredients and has been used since the 1970s. However, most physicians suggest that pregnant or breastfeeding women avoid using it. Always check with your doctor for any concerns. 

How to Use Retinol

If you have never used a retinol product before, start slowly to prevent any redness, flaking, or irritation. Apply a pea-sized amount of product once or twice a week and gradually build up your skin’s tolerance until you find a balance between benefits and irritation. And be patient. 

While some women see improvements in as little as two weeks, it can take up to six months to see a change. Make sure to incorporate a good moisturizer into your skincare regimen when using retinol to offset any dryness. Take extra precautions when in the sun and be sure to apply an SPF daily — which everyone should do regardless of retinol use.

How to Pick A Retinol Cream

When it comes to choosing the right retinol product for your skin, packaging plays a part. Vitamin A is not stable- meaning it breaks down when exposed to sunlight and air. Try to choose products that come in a sealed tube or pump but if you do buy a product in a jar, try to select one in a dark container.

Here’s a look at some of the best retinol creams

The best retinol cream of 2021 is the Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream.

Here’s the entire list.


1 Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream

The star ingredient in Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream is the gold-standard of wrinkle fighters – retinol. This vitamin A derivative helps tackle fine lines, crow’s feet as well as dark spots. What makes this retinol night cream different is that it contains a high dose of retinol but won’t irritate skin thanks to ultra-soothing and hydrating safflower seed oil and jojoba, which lock moisture in.

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2 Advanced Dermatology Encapsulated Retinol Cream

Can there be too much of a good thing? Yes, especially when it comes to retinols. Some retinol creams oversaturate the skin with product, causing irritation without ever reaching deeper layers of the skin, leaving users with all the side effects and none of the benefits. The Encapsulated Retinol Cream from Advanced Dermatology sidesteps this. The brand has created a new encapsulated system that delivers a higher strength of retinol in a targeted way. The formula contains retinol molecules wrapped in a protective layer of phospholipid, which results in a time-released, focused delivery with minimal side effects. To help soothe and hydrate the skin, this retinol cream also contains jojoba oil and sunflower seed oil.

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Obagi Retinol

3 Obagi Retinol 1.0

The Retinol 1.0 from Obagi is a gentle but effective retinol cream available over the counter at boutique skincare stores. The retinol is slowly released over time, and works to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The cream is packed with moisturizing and soothing ingredients, including jojoba oil, shea butter and sage leaf extract, which contains vitamin A and calcium to boost cell regeneration.

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4 SkinCeuticals Retinol 1%

SkinCeuticals is known for combining science with natural botanical extracts to help combat the signs of aging. This retinol cream is no exception. The SkinCeuticals Retinol 1% contains one of the highest concentrations of retinol available over the counter. Because the cream is so potent, start slowly. Apply a pea sized amount at night once or twice a week and allow it to be fully absorbed before layering on a moisturizer. The cream will help tackle age spots, pores, uneven tone and fine lines while also helping to treat blemishes. SkinCeuticals Retinol 1% is packed with ceramides and shea butter to counter dryness and irritation.

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5 SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Night Cream

SkinBetter Science debuted in doctor’s offices in 2016 and won a coveted Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award the same year for its AlphaRet Night Cream. Loyal users consider this one of the best retinol creams for sensitive skin. Here;s why.  Normally the gold standard of anti-aging products –retinols and alpha hydroxy acids — cannot be combined in the same product as they would irritate the skin. But scientists at SkinBetter managed to do it by combining retinol with lactic acid–a moisturizing form of an AHA— to create a new molecule. What does this mean for the user? A highly effective retinol cream that releases active ingredients slowly so you get all the benefits of retinol without the potential irritation.

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6 No. 7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum

The No. 7 line from Boots has garnered a cult following for delivering potent anti-aging products at affordable drugstore prices. One of its newest products, No. 7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum, is a stand-out because it targets both the face and neck to tackle the signs of aging (hello, crepiness). The star ingredient is Matrixyl 3000+, a peptide blend, and vitamin A to smooth wrinkles and improve skin texture. Hibiscus seed extract and hyaluronic acid help keep skin firm and hydrated. Use morning and night after cleansing.

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7 RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

RoC’s deep wrinkle cream has won plenty of beauty awards and it’s easy to see why this product is consistently a winner. The Deep Wrinkle Night Cream contains a nearly prescription strength level of retinol to treat fine lines and pigmentation but comes with a drugstore price tag. Added bonus- the airtight aluminum packaging ensures the product doesn’t degrade in sunlight. In addition to stabilized retinol, this night cream also contains glycolic acid to smooth skin while minerals such as zinc, copper and magnesium boost skin cell turnover.

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8 SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0

SkinMedica was founded by a dermatologist, and the line contains powerhouse ingredients such as vitamins E, C, retinoids and salicylic acid to target everything from fine lines to sun damage. SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 is a potent night cream with a lightweight, smooth texture. The key ingredients—vitamin A and retinols – take care of wrinkles while ceramides keep the face looking plumped and moisturized.

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9 Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

This powerful serum contains 1.5% microencapsulated retinol, which helps to gently but effectively exfoliate the skin while you sleep, which encourages cell turnover and the creation of new, fresh skin. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM is oil and fragrance free, which is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. Even better, the addition of vitamins C and E help to hydrate and soothe the skin, and reduce any potential irritation.

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10 Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

Think of this retinol as a triple threat to wrinkles and sun spots. What makes the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum different is its trifecta of powerful ingredients including a fast-acting retinoid and a time-released retinoid for sustained benefits along with a retinol booster. The lightweight texture of the serum absorbs quickly into the skin and can be layered under a night cream.

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11 Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream

This cream packs a one-two punch: it targets wrinkles while also delivering a healthy boost of moisture. Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream, an over the counter drugstore favorite, contains a high dose of Accelerated Retinol SA, which quickly penetrates into the skin, making it look brighter with improved texture. A boost of hyaluronic acid helps keep skin looking plumped and hydrated. Unlike most retinol creams, this one can be applied twice daily.

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12 Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate

The dermatologist-developed Exuviance line is packed with potent ingredients to deliver maximum results. The Super Retinol Concentrate is unique as it combines the power of retinol with NeoGlucosamine, which boosts its effectiveness while delivering the product in gradual, time-released doses. This means users shouldn’t experience side effects common to retinol use, such as redness and irritation. The product comes in an airless tube and the dosage is pumped to keep it stable.

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13 Dr Brandt Retinol 2% Serum

This powerful serum taps into the power of retinol but takes it a step further by combining it with natural ingredients such as lemon tree honey and grapefruit oil. The 2% refers to a retinol complex- — a cocktail of short and long term time-released retinols aimed at smoothing out wrinkles and sun spots. Shea butter and jojoba help keep skin supple and moisturized, while olive leaf extract adds an antioxidant boost.

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14 Drunk Elephant A Passioni Retinol Cream

Drunk Elephant has its fair share of loyal fans who love the brand for its powerful and clean products. One percent vegan retinol is the key ingredient in this anti-aging night cream, which is designed to help minimize the look of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. Other wrinkle fighting ingredients include a triple peptide blend and vitamin F, which comes from skin soothing fatty acids.

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15 Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum

One of the most popular skincare lines by Olay is the Regenerist Retinol 24 collection. The Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Cream is said to deliver visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores. The fragrance-free formula contains both retinol and retinyl propionate. Unfortunately, this night cream is packaged in a jar, which means these ingredients will degrade over time due to exposure to light and air.

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  • TDR Original review: Aug 06, 2020. Reply

    Yeouth Retinol 2.5 Serum is a retinol serum that is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fade age spots, reduce pore size, and help prevent and fight acne. All of these benefits are provided by retinol, the main active ingredient in this serum. After application, retinol is absorbed into the skin and converted to retinoic acid (the active form). Retinoic acid interacts with receptors to increase the production of collagen and promote healthy cell turnover. Increasing cell turnover is important to prevent excess dead skin cells from accumulating on the surface, which can cause a dull complexion and clogged pores. Once these dead cells are removed, new healthy cells are revealed. In addition, retinol is a potent antioxidant that can protect the skin from free radical damage. Yeouth Retinol 2.5 Serum also contains aloe vera leaf juice to soothe the skin, sodium hyaluronate to improve moisture retention, and DI-alpha tocopheryl acetate (a form of vitamin E) to provide even more antioxidant activity.

    Have you used Yeouth? Is it a contender for the best retinol cream?

  • TDR Original review: Aug 04, 2020. Reply

    Best Retinol Serums

    SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment
    A great option if you’re just easing yourself into using retinol, this gentle treatment will help fade away dark spots, soften wrinkles and prevent acne from forming. If you have sensitive skin, you can rest assured you won’t get any major side effects from this because the percentage of retinol is pretty low. But that doesn’t mean it’s not effective.

    Medik8 Retinol 10TR Advanced Night Serum (1% Retinol)
    This serum from Medik8 contains a higher percentage of retinol so if you’ve never tried the ingredient, you might want to prepare yourself for some irritation. If you’re not ready or simply don’t want to deal with any side effects, you can opt for this brand’s 0.3% or 0.6% versions. This is a great serum for fighting wrinkles and helping regenerate new skin cells.

    Zelens Vitamin A Treatment Drop
    Containing pure encapsulated retinol, this treatment from Zelens light and fast-absorbing face oil. It’s great for acne (don’t worry that it’s an oil) and features retinol inside tiny molecules that will help prevent irritation. Thus, you get a treatment that works without those pesky side effects.

    The Ordinary Retinol 1% In Squalane
    If you haven’t heard of The Ordinary yet, it’s a great affordable brand with products that really work. This retinol serum will help reduce acne and discoloration for a smoother skin appearance. You can even use it to help dislodge ingrown hairs. Thanks to squalane, it also hydrates.

    Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
    Ferulic acid and retinol is a great combination. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that helps protect against free radical damage that can accelerate aging, while retinol helps treat the damage that has already been done from sun exposure and pollution exposure. With this solution, you can expect overall brighter skin and be protected from negative environmental impact.

    Renee Rouleau Advanced Resurfacing Serum
    This serum contains 0.4% time-released retinol that works for up to eight hours while you’re sleeping. It also has a firming matrixyl peptide and glucosamine HCL to help retinol along and boost its brightening and smoothing effects. This is a gentle formula that also won’t irritate or leave you to deal with harsh side effects.

    Peter Thomas Roth Professional 3% Retinoid Plus
    This is one of the strongest retinol serums on this list, and it can be a little much for very sensitive skin types. However, this is supposed to be a gentle, lightweight formula that doesn’t irritate. Still, it would be best to exercise caution if you have reactive skin. If your skin is not easily irritated, you should give this strong retinoid a try to really help improve texture and tone.

    First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol 0.25% Pure Concentrate
    A serum specifically formulated for sensitive skin, First Aid Beauty’s retinol concentrate will help refine and resurface without causing irritation. Other ingredients in this formula include hyaluronic acid for hydration, vitamin C for brightening, vitamin E for antioxidant effects, colloidal oatmeal for soothing and calming and ceramides for skin softening. All in all, this is such a great serum for a variety of skin issues.

    Verso Super Facial Oil with Retinol 8
    You can use this oil on its own or mix it up with your moisturizer for hydration and a wrinkle fix. It is formulated with retinol 8, which the brand says is eight times more effective as regular retinol. Because it is an oil, it also helps provide moisture and a softening effect to keep skin supple.

    Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair
    An affordable drugstore option, Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair features accelerated retinol SA, which can combat wrinkles all over the face, diminish fine lines and visibly improve rough skin texture for a more refined appearance that includes smaller pores. It will also help brighten for more even tone throughout.

    Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
    Murad’s retinol serum will target lax skin to improve firmness and elasticity. It actually features three types of retinol: a fast-acting retinol, a time-released retinol and a retinol booster. Together, they form a powerful team of wrinkle-fighting ingredients that will revive skin, making it appear years younger with regular use.

    Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil
    Another oil that provides retinol action without irritation, Sunday Riley’s offering features a trans-retinol ester. This ingredient will still target fine lines, wrinkles and roughness without causing redness, flakiness or peeling. Other ingredients include chamomile to soothe redness and chia seed oil to help soften and hydrate.

  • TDR Original review: Jul 31, 2020. Reply

    Vitamin A is also known as retinol, and usually appears in many skincare products by that name. It is available over-the-counter in different skincare products. The retinoid family includes vitamin A and derivatives like retinoic acid and retinyl esters.

    Retinol creams work by boosting cell turnover to get rid of dead skin cells more efficiently, thickening bottom layers of skin and stimulating collagen production. By helping to slough off top layers of skin, vitamin A reduces the incidence of clogged pores. Clogged pores are essentially the beginnings of breakouts. When a hair follicle becomes clogged with sebum (oil) and dead skin cells, it is more prone to infection from breakout-causing P. acnes bacteria. Retinol creams also helps to reduce inflammation, a common problem with pimples.

    When it comes to wrinkles, retinol creams help by visibly soften existing ones by peeling off the skin’s top layers while simultaneously thickening deeper layers. This essentially causes wrinkle depth to visibly decrease. Most importantly, however, is that retinol promotes collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein in the skin that keeps it firm. As we age, collagen degrades and causes skin to lose its elasticity and strength. By helping to replenish collagen stores, vitamin A helps skin maintain firmness and elasticity, thus keeping wrinkles at bay and minimizing the appearance of existing ones.

    The secret to finding the best retinol cream is looking for encapsulated retinol technology in the right concentration.

  • TDR Original review: May 19, 2018. Reply

    At this point, retinol creams have become a staple in skincare. People across ages have found multiple ways to incorporate retinol creams into their routines. It’s important to note that while many of the retinol cream benefits focus on skin concerns related to age, you can reap the many benefits that retinol creams provide as early as your twenties.

    The most common retinol cream use is simply as a supporting skincare product. You’ll find that many people who don’t necessarily have concerns about their skin have incorporated a retinol cream for more preventative skincare measures. Next, the most recognized retinol cream use is for its anti-aging benefits. Those with mature or aging skin add a retinol cream to their skincare routine to help combat the signs of age in the skin.

    Retinol is combined with ingredients like kojic acid and hydroquinone to lighten hyperpigmentation. While retinol does not lighten the skin, it does cause the skin to renew itself at a faster rate.

  • TDR Original review: May 19, 2018. Reply

    The main retinol cream benefit is, of course, working to stimulate collagen and elastin production. These are the two essential proteins that allow the skin to retain its firmness, elasticity, and strength. With an increase of collagen and elastin, the normal signs of age are visibly reduced like smoothing fine lines and firming wrinkles.

    Retinol creams also help to stimulate skin cell regeneration. This increased cell turnover helps to improve the appearance of skin including fading dark spots and reducing hyperpigmentation. In this same way, retinol creams are great for healing scars, sun spots, and even more stubborn wrinkles and skin imperfections.

    If it the first time you’re using a retinol cream, your skin will look smoother after a few days of use.

  • TDR Original review: May 19, 2018. Reply

    If you’re familiar how a traditional prescription grade retinoid works, you’d be surprised to learn that a retinol cream essentially works the same way. Retinol creams work to smooth the skin, even the skin tone, and stimulate collagen production. Once the retinol cream is applied to the skin, the gradual process of transforming into retinoic acid begins which is what gives the retinol cream all of its benefits.

    Oftentimes, there is a misconception that retinol creams work as a gentle exfoliation method, however, this is not the case. When applied, retinol creams can cause some peeling and redness that can appear similar to exfoliation, however, this can not be considered true exfoliation, instead, it’s simply a side effect of a retinol cream.

  • TDR Original review: May 18, 2018. Reply

    Skin care professionals will often use a variety of terms to describe retinol. Some will call it retinoid, and others will call it vitamin A. This can lead to a lot of confusion.

    To put it simply, retinol is a type of retinoid that works to get deep into pores to clear them of dirt and bacteria and is known for accelerating skin renewal. When infused into a cream base, a retinol cream works to slow down the visible signs of age in the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulating skin cell regeneration, and smoothing the texture of the skin. It’s countless benefits and super powers on the skin are why retinol creams have been popping up across the beauty space and making their way into the routines and shelves of women of all ages.

  • TDR Original review: May 18, 2018. Reply

    As many positive benefits that come along with using retinol creams in your skincare routine, there are many valid concerns floating around about how they can affect your skin. Some of these retinol cream concerns are valid and can be managed with proper precautions, while others are simply misunderstood. We’ll discuss each of the main retinol cream concerns to put your mind at ease and help you get a better understanding of how to manage the effects of using a retinol cream.

    Retinol creams are sun-sensitive. This means that it loses it effectiveness and stability when exposed to sunlight. For proper retinol cream use, you should only be applying it in the evenings when you won’t be heading outdoors.

    Retinol creams are also known for causing the skin to become dry and irritated. This is an extremely common—almost definitive—side effect and typically clears after ongoing use. However, because of this, people with extremely sensitive skin or people who have diagnosed sensitive skin conditions, retinol creams may simply be too strong to use and should inevitably be avoided.

    Additionally, there are a few other precautions you should take if you are incorporating a retinol cream into your skincare routine. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid retinol creams due to studies that retinoids can be harmful to infants and unborn children. For people who can use retinol creams without concern, it’s important to be aware of products that may cause interference with the cream like benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids. If you’re using a retinol cream, avoid products that include those

  • TDR Original review: May 18, 2018. Reply

    Once you’re ready to begin using a retinol cream in your skincare routine, be sure to ease gradually into using it. You want to start by using a pea-sized amount once a week to begin. Take note of how your skin reacts. If there is excessive peeling and irritation you may want to scale back or try another lower dose retinol cream. If all is well, aside from the minimal irritation and dryness to be expected, you can slowly increase the frequency of using a retinol cream. Work your way up to a daily or every other day application ensuring to include nourishing treatments and moisturizing serums as part of your retinol cream application.

    Remember, retinol creams should only be applied at night. Use just that small amount to apply to your face and down to your neck. You’ll find that there are many retinol creams that promise quick and easy results, however, it generally takes four months to experience visible changes. You’ll have to stick with the retinol through the dryness, irritation, and seemingly stagnant phases to experience results.

    Serums should be applied before applying creams. If you use multiple serums, always apply the thinnest product first.

    Avoid using retinol products prior to undergoing laser treatments as it can increase the risks.

    Always wear sunscreen the next morning when using retinol based products as it can increase photo sensitivity.

  • TDR Original review: May 18, 2018. Reply

    Retinol Serum vs. Retinol Cream

    Some consumers wonder whether a retinol serum is better than a cream with this ingredient. It’s a good question, because the answer depends on your skin condition and other products in your skin care routine.

    For example, if you suffer from very dry skin, then a moisturizing retinol cream may be a better choice as compared to a serum. A cream can carry more hydrating ingredients and can create a thicker moisture barrier after application. If dry skin is a problem, you may even want to consider a highly moisturizing night cream instead of a retinol serum.

    On the other hand, if you’re dealing with clogged pores and acne, a retinol serum may be a better choice, because it’s less likely to clog pores. Serums are designed to be very light on the skin, and to be absorbed quickly.

  • Anonymous Original review: Aug 07, 2017. Reply

    Here’s a list of retinol products:

    Chantecaille Retinol Intense
    Neutrogena Retinol Night
    RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Nigh Cream
    Kate Somerville – RetAsphere-2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream
    Skinceauticals 0.5
    Skinceauticals 1.0
    Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask
    La Prairie Cellular Anti Wrinkle Firming Serum
    Vichy Laboratoires LiftActiv Retinol HA Plumping Care
    Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night Total Wrinkle Plumping Care
    OC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream
    Retinol Fusion AM Moisturizer SPF 30
    Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinol Eye Repair
    Philosophy Help Me
    DDF Retinol Energizing Moisturizer
    StriVectin-AR™ Advanced Retinol Night Treatment
    Amore Pacific Line Modifier Eye & Lip
    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Age Erase Moisture With Mega 10 for Eyes
    Jan Marini Skin Research Age Intervention Retinol Plus
    SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex ES
    StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF
    StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment
    REN Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate
    DDF Retinol Energizing Moisturizer
    Advanced Clinicals Retinol Firming Cream
    CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum
    Shani Darden Retinol Reform
    Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair
    Body Merry Retinol Serum
    Olay Eyes Pro Retinol Eye Treatment
    Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting serum
    Baebody Retinol Cream
    Puritan’s Pride Retinol Cream
    Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate
    Lilyana Retinol Cream

  • mimzlipz Original review: Jun 11, 2014. Reply

    I’m just turning 39 & noticing that those little lines are just starting to creep up out of nowhere. So I did some research on what kind of eye creams I should use & bought a product with Retinol. Long story short, it made the lines worse & much more noticeable!!! I do not recommend Retinol.

    So I stopped that immediately!

  • Juliet Original review: May 26, 2014. Reply

    good day i want to know which of the Retinol i can use for my skin. i am a very fair lady that desire a spotless and ageless skin and that will maintain my color. please advice which to use that will not make me turn dark now change my color.
    thank you

  • Susanne Original review: Apr 07, 2014. Reply

    I have suffered from skin pigmentation for a long time. People used to avoid talking to me. Skin pigmentation is a big turn off. It can make any person look unpleasant in appearance. If pigmentation is bothering you and you’re thinking of visiting a dermatologist, then a retinol cream may be the solution for you. Roc Retinol Cream is really gentle on the skin and helps to reduce discoloration of skin. You can also try the Roc Retinol deep wrinkle night cream. Surprisingly, it is not very expensive but it is extremely effective.
    My next enemy was dark circles. My eyes seemed as if I had not slept for days. My aunt recommended vitamin K and retinol cream for eyes. At first, it did not make much of a difference, but after a few days, my dark circles started getting lighter!

  • nina Original review: Mar 08, 2014. Reply

    Hi i just turned 31 yrs old I noticed there’s some fine lines appearing
    I guess due to sun exposure I was wondering which retinol cream can i use
    can anyone advice me?

  • nina Original review: Mar 08, 2014. Reply

    Hi im just turned 31 years old and do notice some fine lines appearing
    due to sun exposure i guess.
    I want wondering if i can use a retinol cream?
    dont know which one to choose.

  • denise Original review: Feb 20, 2014. Reply

    Try Differen–some people (like myself) do not respond to regular retina-A. It is a synthetic form on vitamin A and did wonders for my skin….

  • shivangi Original review: Dec 28, 2013. Reply

    I have dark circle problem, what is the best eye cream to use?

  • Kim Deaton Original review: Dec 08, 2013. Reply

    Timewise repair , with Mary Kay has a night cream with retinol …. It is remarksbly radiance , must try 🙂

  • Lori Original review: Nov 08, 2013. Reply

    Hi – I’m just starting out on the Retinol road and would appreciate your advice as you seem to have so much knowledge and experience. I have slightly sensitive skin and am looking for a night cream or serum which will deal with the early stages of wrinkles. Which would you recommend?

    Many thanks, Lori

  • Debbie Original review: Nov 03, 2013. Reply

    I have started using La Prairies Cellular Power as well. Did it last night, hope it works as I only got a sample size to start with. Don’t know how much retinol it has in it, but, hope that it works. 🙂

  • Alana Original review: Oct 02, 2013. Reply

    I’ve been using Algenist Retinol Firming and Lifting Cream. Great product but gentler than the other retinol products I have tried. I think the most potent retinol I ever used was Skinceuticals Retinol 1.0 but it causes way too much peeling. If you don’t mind looking like a turkey, it will reduce the look of wrinkles quite substantially.

  • Wendy Original review: Sep 11, 2013. Reply

    I love the DDF Amplifying Elixir. It cost $70 and you can buy it from most upmarket department stores. This product contains Niacinamide which is proven to even out skin tone and fade spots. The only problem I have with DDF is they keep discontinuing and replacing products so if you are using a cleanser, serum or cream you love it might disappear and be replaced by something that just doesn’t work for you.

  • Denise Original review: Sep 10, 2013. Reply

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Afirm. It comes in 3 strengths 1x,2x and 3x. You get a nice gentle peel. If not experienced should start with low strength and work your way up. I also use Roc cleansing disk and Roc moisturizer w/SPF. Just thought it odd no one mentioned it since its a fairly popular brand in retinol community.

  • Janice Original review: Aug 27, 2013. Reply

    I had low expectations about Roc Retinol Correxion cream due to the low cost of this item but it seems to work and now I use the day and night cream everyday but I need to use my own spf sunscreen as I have very sensitive skin. Some products that work exactly the same way to roc cost double.

  • Christiane Original review: Jun 22, 2013. Reply

    I’ve tried many skin products with retinol in hopes of finding a product that would do its magic. After trying a few different retinol creams with vitamin a for the face I have failed miserably. What’s the best retinol night cream for acne? Will it help acne scars?

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