Paula's Choice1% Retinol Treatment, £12.00
Best Retinol For Acne
Retinol is regularly recommended to people suffering with acne as it can help to balance sebum production and unclog pores. Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment is one of the best retinols for acne, thanks to its potent yet lightweight formulation that’s blended with soothing plant extracts. Use three times per week initially to build up tolerance.
Kiehl'sRetinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum, £44.00
Best Retinol For Sensitive Skin
Retinol can be a harsh skincare ingredient if you go too hard and too fast. Kiehl’s Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum has been formulated for everyday use and is packed with soothing peptides and ceramides to help calm and strength skin, minimising irritation. If you have sensitive skin, start by using this once a week and gradually build up – you’ll reap all the rewards without any of the side effects.
Kate SomervilleRetinol Vitamin C Moisturizer, £67.20
Best Retinol For Dry Skin
One of the not-so-dreamy consequences of retinol can be that some formulas dry out your skin. If your skin is naturally on the dryer side, you should opt for Kate Somerville’s +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer. The creamy texture hydrates while retinol and vitamin C help to brighten, smooth and revive skin. It’s our go-to moisturiser when our skin is in need of a radiance boost throughout the winter.
Medik8Crystal Retinal 1 Stable Retinal Night Serum, £45.00
Best Retinol For Beginners
Medik8's system is the perfect place to start if you're new to retinol. With 0.01% retinaldehyde, the Crystal Retinal 1 Stable Retinal Night Serum contains a low dose to help ease your skin in without causing irritation. Introduce the retinol serum into your skincare routine once a week to begin with and slowly increase the regularity. Don't forget to use SPF every morning!
Sunday RileyA+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, £70.00
Best Advanced Retinol
Pretty much every retinol product on the market will help ease the appearance of ageing to some degree, however Sunday Riley’s A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum is particularly effectively because of its potency. If you haven’t used retinol before, don’t jump straight into this one as it was formulated for seasoned retinol users. The 5% retinoid ester blend and 1% liposomal encapsulated retinol blend makes it one of the stronger vitamin A products on the market.
Dr. Dennis GrossAdvanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum, £70.00
Best Retinol For Eyes
Dr. Dennis Gross’ entire Advanced Retinol + Ferulic range is exceptionally good, but the Triple Correction Eye Serum is a favourite. With retinol, bakuchiol and ferulic acid, the lightweight serum helps to smooth crepiness, brighten dark circles and protect the delicate eye area.
The OrdinaryRetinol 0.2% in Squalane, £6.00
Best Budget Retinol Serum
Those looking for budget skincare that works, should look no further than The Ordinary. The brand’s Retinol 0.2% in Squalane is not just easy on your bank balance, it’s also a great option for anyone who's tried vitamin A before and is looking for a slightly stronger retinol serum. With the addition of squalane your skin is kept nourished and hydrated, keeping irritation to a minimum. Once you’ve used up this serum, you can move up to the Retinol 0.5% in Squalane.
Drunk ElephantA-Passioni Retinol Cream, £24.00
Best Retinol Cream
If you’re on the lookout for the best retinol cream because a serum isn’t your texture of choice, we think Drunk Elephant’s A-Passioni Retinol Cream is a great place to start. The nourishing formula couples 1% retinol with superfood-rich ingredients like apricot, passionfruit and jojoba oils to restore moisture. Start by using once or twice per week, taking extra care if you’re new to retinol or have particularly sensitive skin.
VotaryIntense Night Oil - Rosehip and Retinoid, £135.00
Best Retinol Oil
Thanks to the superstar ingredient’s growing popularity, retinol is no longer reserved for creams and serums. Designed for use by all skin types, the Votary Intense Night Oil – rosehip and retinoid gets to work while you sleep. The blend features calming ingredients like avocado, grapeseed and rose flower oils to nourish the skin. The addition of an uplifting scent makes this the best retinol oil for relaxing and unwinding.
ChantecailleRetinol Body Treatment, £87.00
Best Retinol Cream For Your Body
Retinol isn't just for the neckline up, the skincare ingredient can also help to smooth crepey skin around your knees and elbows. Chantecaille's clever Retinol Body Treatment encapsulates the active ingredient in collagen and blends with shea butter and sunflower oil to ensure you get all of the benefits without any of the irritation. This is the perfect body lotion for anyone looking to hydrate and smooth out their skin from the neck down.
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