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5 Best Retinol Skincare Products To Add To Your Vanity Kit

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Retinol, commonly known as Vitamin A, is one skincare ingredient that every dermatologist swears by. It can save you trips to the doctor, wipe away wrinkles, and keep acne at bay. But retinol isn’t to be taken lightly. Its true miracle lies in the fact that it speeds up cell turnover — basically exfoliation — but better.

For this reason, it can cause slight irritation and, oftentimes, it takes time to work. This holds true for all of the most powerful skincare ingredients. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about retinol, but have you really given it a try? And if you’ve given it a try, did you give up? If you have, then I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t.

Most of retinol’s effectiveness comes from how it is present in a formula. A miracle ingredient like retinol can’t just be dropped into a bottle and voilà! There are ways of packaging it amongst other skincare ingredients to protect its effectiveness, lessen irritation it can cause, and help it work faster.

Thanks to technology, we’re finally in a time and age where we can accelerate all of this and make the best use of Vitamin A on our skin. Of course, with most retinoid formulae, avoid wearing retinol in the day and always apply SPF after, if you are.

Also, look out for the percentage of retinol in a product; start with something lower and work your way up, to avoid irritation. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin and the percentage of retinol in a product, use it from 3 times a week to every day.


1. Neutrogena

This formula can be used almost daily, as it has retinol SA that allows you to use it often, without irritation. It’s easily absorbed into the skin.


2. Murad

This serum is packed with a bunch of other Vitamin A derivatives that make it far more effective. The formula works in a way that allows its retinol to be released slowly, over time, making it easier for your skin to digest.


3. RoC

This one is an all-time favorite formula. It’s great for sensitive skin. Leave it overnight for best results.


4. Chantecaille

This comes with Vitamin C for an added dose of love for your skin. The retinoids are packed in a way that they stay untouched and give added benefits to your skin.


5. Dr. Dennis Gross

Looking for an effective, quick, and safe pick-me-up? This peel really packs a punch.


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