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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.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Spectralite FaceWare Pro
Clé de Peau Beauté Wrinkle Smoothing Serum Supreme
Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel
Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum
Rodial Retinol 10% Booster Drops
Eve Lom Time Retreat Face Treatment
Eve Lom Time Retreat Radiance Boost Treatment
Eve Lom Time Retreat Eye Treatment
Sarah Chapman Overnight Exfoliating Booster
MZ Skin Hydrate & Nourish
The INKEY List Bakuchiol Moisturizer
The INKEY List Retinol Serum
The INKEY List Niacinamide
Verso Skincare VERSO 6 Dark Spot Fix
Lancer Skincare Younger Pure Youth Serum
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
Verso Skincare Reviving Eye Mask 4 Pack
Sarah Chapman Platinum Stem Cell Elixir
Verso Skincare Night Cream
Verso Skincare Blemish Fix
Filorga Medi Cosmetique NCEF Reverse Mat Fluid
Alpha-H Vitamin Serums Vitamin A 0.5%
Clarins Renew Plus Body Serum
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Retinol Eye Cream
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
PÜR 4 In 1 Pressed Mineral Makeup
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
This Works Skin Care No Wrinkles Night Repair
Murad Renewing Eye Cream
Eve Lom Time Retreat Hand Treatment
First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate Sensitive/Beginner
This Works Sleep Plus Dream Body
Murad Blemish Control Skin Perfecting Lotion
REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil
Verso Skincare Super Eye Serum
Lancer Skincare Advanced C Radiance Cream
Verso Skincare Hand Serum
Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
Verso Skincare Essential Travel Series
Neutrogena Anti-aging Perfector
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation
Verso Skincare Skin Care 4 Super Facial Serum
The Ordinary Retinol 1% In Squalane
AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt
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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.
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.
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 revitalize and brighten.
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 moisturizer. You may want to use it in the evening if it’s in serum form.
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-aging results.
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 moisturizer to lock in hydration.
Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor