When it comes to ingredients that consistently get top marks from dermatologists, vitamin A (aka retinol, and its cousins, retinoids) is tough to beat. Beloved for its ability to encourage cell-turnover, the process that replaces your tired-out skin cells with fresh new ones, retinol can boost skin's natural collagen levels, smooth wrinkles, fade dark spots, and even help clear away acne. But with so many retinol and retinoid products on the market, choosing one can be overwhelming. Worry not—we've put together a list of our favorite retinol and retinoid creams, serums, and treatments for every skin type and need.
FIRST AID BEAUTY FAB SKIN LAB RETINOL SERUM
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This low-octane retinol serum uses a .25% concentration of the wrinkle fighter, making it a perfect choice for first-time retinol users as well as people with sensitive skin.
THE ORDINARY GRANACTIVE RETINOID 5% IN SQUALANE
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If pinkness and flaking have driven you away from
DR. BRANDT 2% RETINOL COMPLEX SERUM
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Just because you're sleeping doesn't mean
NATURA BISSÉ ESSENTIAL SHOCK INTENSE RETINOL FLUID
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The light, velvety texture of this retinol serum is light enough not to aggravate oily and acne-prone types but still hydrating enough to satisfy combination skin. For those with truly dry complexions, the sheer wear layers perfectly under a heavier cream.
SUNDAY RILEY LUNA SLEEPING NIGHT OIL
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The German chamomile in this sapphire-blue oil tames blotch-prone complexions while the retinoid
NEUTROGENA RAPID WRINKLE REPAIR MOISTURIZER NIGHT
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The retinol in this inexpensive favorite is mixed with hyaluronic acid and a glucose complex that's supposed to help it penetrate into the skin more quickly and get you those anti-wrinkle results you crave faster.
CHANTECAILLE RETINOL INTENSE+
SHOP NOW $140
Looking to get rid of the signs of skin sins past? Niacinamide, vitamin C, and green coffee extract in this cream work together with a high dose of retinol to make dark spots and hyperpigmentation disappear.
100% PURE RETINOL RESTORATIVE NECK CREAM
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If your regimen only extends as far as your chin, you're missing out on a stretch of delicate skin that can give away signs as age—the neck. Battle
DERMALOGICA OVERNIGHT RETINOL REPAIR
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To avoid peeling and sensitivity, ease into using a retinol by alternating it with a retinol-free moisturizer every other day, or opt for a version like this one that comes with a buffer cream to let you manually adjust your retinol dose.
111SKIN CELESTIAL BLACK DIAMOND RETINOL OIL
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1% retinol and deep-penetrating black diamond powder help spark cell turnover while omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids soothe redness and leave skin feeling intensely moisturized.
MURAD RENEWING EYE CREAM
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The delicate eye area needs plenty of TLC to ward off lines and wrinkles. Moisturizing mango seed butter in this silky eye cream coddles skin while retinol and peptides encourage wrinkle-defying collagen production.
PERRICONE MD HIGH POTENCY EVENING REPAIR
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Long-time retinol users can take anti-aging to the next level with this treatment that boosts the retinol's skin-smoothing powers with alpha lipoic acid, which softens lines, and DMAE to help tighten sagging skin.
KATE SOMERVILLE DERMAQUENCH LIQUID LIFT + RETINOL
SHOP NOW $98
Not only does retinol combat wrinkles, but it can also work to correct other issues associated with skin sagging like enlarged pores. This aerated treatment helps deeply infuse skin with retinol, as well as hyaluronic acid and rice bran extract for an ethereally smooth complexion.
PAULA'S CHOICE CLINICAL 1% RETINOL TREATMENT
SHOP NOW $56
Known for their potent, no-nonsense formulas, this skin-smoothing retinol cream from Paula's Choice packs in brightening vitamin C and anti-aging peptides while leaving out dyes and fragrances to decrease to
ROC RETINOL CORREXION DEEP WRINKLE NIGHT CREAM
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This drugstore darling offers serious wrinkle-fighting power without a bank-breaking
PETER THOMAS ROTH PROFESSIONAL 3% RETINOID PLUS
SHOP NOW $82
Redness-prone types can find skincare solace in a retinoid-based serum. In this version,
SKIN REGIMEN 1.5 RETINOL BOOSTER
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Looking to add retinol to your routine but don't want to give up your favorite moisturizer? Switch things up by adding a layer of this retinol booster with your usual hydrator—over it for a less intense sloughing experience, under it for more wrinkle-fighting effect.
STRIVECTIN ADVANCED RETINOL INTENSIVE NIGHT MOISTURIZER
SHOP NOW $112
Contrary to popular belief, wearing retinol products in the sunlight won't cause your skincare to burn you, but retinol does degrade in daylight, making nighttime the ideal time to get the biggest bang for your retinol buck. Choose a cream designed for nightly use, like this one which opts for both retinol and a retinoid as well as a patented
VERSO HAND SERUM
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Exposed to harsh sun and regular washings, hands are one of the first places that can begin to show signs of aging. A hydrating cream with retinol, like this shea butter-enriched version, keeps skin plumped and fights back against dark spots and crinkling.
ZELENS POWER A
SHOP NOW $195
Whether you're looking for all-over coverage or a spot treatment to target unwanted pigmentation, these vitamin A drops, which feature retinol as well as two forms of retinoid, make it easy to mix your own perfect skincare cocktail.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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