Retinol is the hottest skincare craze, so we’re taking a deep dive into the must-have ingredient and top retinol products to add to your routine.

Retinol is the answer to your skincare needs! Also known as vitamin A1, retinol works to unclog pores, target acne and dark circles, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and make skin appear more radiant. This powerhouse ingredient has anti-aging benefits since it works to increase collagen and skin cell production.

When to use retinol serum in routine

Retinol is to be used at night as “Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays,” as mentioned here. As a result, exposure to sunlight can lead to the product becoming less effective.

Be sure to consult a dermatologist or read up on when to best apply your retinol product as part of your skincare routine- as everyone’s routine is different. Typically retinol serums are step 3 of your nighttime routine in which applying a moisturizer on top would follow. Check out this article for more information on retinol and retinoids application.

It’s also a good idea to check in with a dermatologist or patch-test new skincare products to ensure no reactions ensue before fully committing to incorporating a product into your routine.

Best Retinol Cream

HOLR’s list of some of the best retinol creams to incorporate into your routine. Be sure to determine which products work best for you and your skin!

Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment

This lightweight, fast-absorbing treatment is a potent and uniquely formulated retinol solution. It is designed to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating and delivering anti-aging benefits with a controlled-release delivery system. Its recommended use includes applying after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating skin.

Cerave Skin Renewing Cream Serum

This cream serum from Cerave includes a patented time-release MVE Delivery Technology for all-day hydration. The product also features encapsulated retinol to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also ideal for all skin types.

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

Specially formulated to use underneath your eyes, this product addresses 3 major eye concerns: puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. It features the brand’s stabilized retinol and is clinically proven to visibly rejuvenate the skin around the eyes, which is delicate.

Best Retinol Serum

Summer Fridays Midnight Ritual Retinol Renewal Serum

The latest product from Summer Fridays is not only clinically tested for sensitive skin and dermatologist recommended, but it’s also powered by two forms of retinoids—retinol and retinyl linoleate. The ideal gentle yet effective formula helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving discoloration and restoring the skin’s appearance when regularly used. We love that it’s also enriched with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and a blend of oatmeal and tiger grass, that works to calm and soothe the skin.

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum

Ideal for all skin types, Dermalogica’s fast-acting multi-retinoid serum helps to visibly reduce the 4 signs of skin aging and is gentle enough for nightly use. As a high-dose retinol serum, this product features a 3.5% Retinoid Complex + soothing Squalane to minimize the look of pores, smooth texture, even tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

La Roche Posay Retinol B3 Serum

The brand’s Retinol B3 Anti-Aging face serum and neck serum for aging skin and sensitive skin is formulated to help skin look smoother, more luminous, and renewed. Our favorite part of this product? It helps recover skin firmness while reducing deep wrinkles, irregular skin texture, and uneven skin complexion.

Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum with Ceramides and Peptide

This potent Retinol serum in a daily-strength micro-dose visibly reduces wrinkles, evens skin tone, firms skin, and minimizes the look of pores. We love that this product boasts minimal discomfort, maximum efficacy, and maximum tolerance for first-time users, sensitive skin types, and for use around the eye area. This is because adding retinol into your skincare routine can sometimes require some trial.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal Serum is fast-acting and combines 3 retinol technologies as well as hyaluronic acid to help reduce the look of wrinkles. It’s also safe-tested for sensitive skin and can help target the signs of aging you can and can’t see yet.

Published by HOLR Magazine.

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