The Ultimate Guide to the Best Body Moisturisers
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Retinol Skin Care Products
Since retinol has hit the beauty scene, everyone has been going nuts for it! But what is it? Well, it's a derivative of vitamin A which keeps your skin looking beautiful and youthful, even after 30. No way! Yes way. Explore below to discover how this magic ingredient works.
See our retinol guide to answer your questions like what is retinol and what are the skin care benefits of retinol.
Eve Lom Time Retreat Radiance Boost Treatment
Eve Lom Time Retreat Face Treatment
Sarah Chapman Overnight Exfoliating Booster
Eve Lom Time Retreat Eye Treatment
Murad Essential C Eye Cream SPF 15
First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream With Triple Hyaluronic Acid
Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel
The INKEY List Retinol Serum
The INKEY List Bakuchiol Moisturiser
The INKEY List Niacinamide
Noble Panacea The Absolute Rejuvenation Night Balm
MZ Skin Depuff & Define
The Grey Essentials Set
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% In Squalane
Verso Skincare VERSO 6 Dark Spot Fix
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Overnight Regeneration Cream
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Activation Cream SPF 30
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
Filorga Lift Designer Treatment
Verso Skincare Super Facial Oil 4 Pack
Filorga Time Zero Serum
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
Filorga Medi Cosmetique NCEF Reverse Mat Fluid
Sarah Chapman Platinum Stem Cell Elixir
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
Filorga Skin Absolute Day Ultimate Rejuvenating Day Cream
Filorga Serums NCTF Intensive Supreme Regenerating Serum
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Moisturising Eye Cream
Lancer Skincare Advanced C Radiance Cream
Murad Redness Therapy Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum
Zelens Power C Treatment Drops
Filorga Scrub & Mask Reoxygenating Exfoliating Mask
Murad Renewing Eye Cream
Verso Skincare Hand Serum
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Good Morning Retexturizing Primer
Lancer Skincare Younger Pure Youth Serum
Rodial Retinol 10% Booster Drops
Skin Doctors Skinactive 14 Regenerating Night Cream
Murad Firm & Tone Serum
Verso Skincare Super Eye Serum
Algenist ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum
Madara Superseed Age Recovery Organic Facial Oil
Verso Skincare Blemish Fix
bareMinerals Ageless 10% Phyto-Retinol Night Concentrate
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face Cream
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic & Retinol Anti-Ageing Moisturiser
Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm
Korres Natural Castanea Arcadia Wrinkle Rewind Serum
Zelens Youth Concentrate Supreme Age Defying Serum
Institut Esthederm Intensive Retinol Oil Serum
Institut Esthederm Intensive Retinol Cream
Verso Skincare Night Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Neck Cream
Dermalogica Age Smart Multi Vitamin Thermafoliant
Murad Clarifying Body Spray
bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Eye Cream
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift 5 Daily Moisturiser
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Retinol Eye Cream
Natura Bissé Essential Shock Intense Lip & Eye Cream SPF 15
PÜR 4 In 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup
This Works Sleep Plus Dream Body
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic & Retinol Eye Cream
bareMinerals Ageless Genius Firming & Wrinkle Smoothing Serum
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Frequently Asked Questions about Retinol products
What is retinol?
It’s simple, really: retinol is an antioxidant and pure form of vitamin A.
What are the skin care benefits of retinol?
Retinol works as a collagen-boosting, skin renewal agent that keeps your skin young and healthy. By using retinol, your fine lines and wrinkles will be visibly reduced (it’s not a gimmick, there’s living proof) and it can also be really useful for treating acne and reversing the effects of sun damage.
Who should use retinol beauty products?
If you’re 30 and over then you should definitely consider using retinol creams and serums, especially if you’re concerned about wrinkles. However, anyone can use it – even if you’re under 30, it works as a brilliant deterrent. Prevention is better than cure, right?
What other ingredients/products go well with retinol?
Because retinol is photosensitive, it breaks down in sunlight and puts your skin at risk of sun damage when you’re out and about. Pair your retinol solution with some decent SPF and you’ll be ready to tackle the day ahead. Many also like pairing retinol with vitamin C which helps to revitalise and brighten.
How often should I be using retinol beauty products?
At first, use retinol once a week. Once your skin is used to the solution, use every day. If your skin peels, dilute the solution and lower your usage. Use it either in the morning or at night – depending on the form of your retinol – in order to benefit from significant anti-ageing results.
At what stage in my routine should I apply retinol beauty products?
Apply after cleansing to allow the retinol to soak into your skin. If using in the morning, always follow with an SPF moisturiser. You may want to use it in the evening if it’s in serum form.
Are there any drawbacks/side effects of retinol beauty products?
Retinol isn’t suitable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In recent studies, high doses of vitamin A have shown to be harmful to unborn and newborn babies. It can also be quite drying, so pair it with your thickest moisturiser to lock in hydration.
Which skin type does retinol work best for?
Dry, combination, oily, normal and acne-prone skin types benefit from using retinol. It helps to speed up your skin cell renewal all while unclogging congested pores, exfoliating dead skin and fighting free radicals for a clearer, cleaner, smoother complexion. However, retinol is known to be drying and to cause peeling, so if you have dry skin and are thinking of using it, then be cautious of this.
Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor