Firstly, of all the skincare treatments available to us today, retinol is perhaps the most transformative – and the most misunderstood.
Then, working by increasing the rate of cell turnover in the skin, retinol appears to be responsible for aiding just about any skin concern. From fine lines to pigmentation, loss of elasticity and even acne. It’s proven so popular that countless beauty brands are incorporating this powerful ingredient into serums, creams, oils and gels. But with so many nuances in formulations, finding the right one for you isn’t always easy.
So,There’s more: retinol has become somewhat of an umbrella term in recent years. Used to refer to a whole host of vitamin A derivatives. The strongest options, retinoids, are only available via prescription, while retinol is the most potent over-the-counter option. Then, there’s a whole sub-genre to explore, from the gentle retinyl palmitate to other fast-acting ‘esters’ and relative newcomer retinaldehyde, which is causing a stir for its ability to offer potency with reduced irritation.
To help you reap the rewards of this wonder ingredient without any excessive brow-furrowing. We’ve rounded up the very best option for each skin type to try…
Oskia Retinoid Sleep Serum Level 1 – 0.2%
Oskia’s new line makes navigating the world of retinols an easier task. Simply start with the Level 1 serum, which contains 0.2% retinol steeped in nourishing oils, then graduate to the slightly stronger Level 2, which contains a concentration of 0.5%.
Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster
This clever booster serum can be blended into your night-time product of choice to upgrade its rejuvenating powers. It contains 1% retinol (certainly not to be sniffed at), alongside a cocktail of antioxidants to keep free radicals from dulling your complexion. It’s perfect if you’re reluctant to add another layer to your night-time routine.
Eve Lom Time Retreat Regenerative Night Cream
The star of Eve Lom’s retinol-based Time Retreat collection, this rich, comforting night cream contains encapsulated retinol that is only released on contact with the skin, ensuring maximum potency. Congested and acne-prone skins should skip this one, but for anyone after deep, lasting hydration, it can’t be beaten.
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