You may have noticed that retinol has been getting buzz, but it’s not a hot new ingredient. For years, the purest known form of vitamin A has taken a backseat due to its reputation for being a bit harsh on skin. The sensitivity to light meant it had to be applied at night (unless you drew the curtains and took a sick day), and with some of the old guard of formulas, the extra-speedy cell turnover created the shiny, telltale “retinol face.” But thanks to a few new developments, it’s stepping back into the beauty spotlight as a skin-friendly solution for combatting pretty much every skin woe. Make one of these retinol options a permanent addition to either your AM or PM routine.
- Gently but deeply exfoliates the skin for a radiant glow.
- Diminishes the appearance of pores.
- Minimizes the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.
- Evens out skintones and texture.
- Visibly reduces the appearance of blemishes.
Before you get overexcited, be warned you should limit your retinol intake. Your skin needs to adjust and go through what the experts call “retinization”—so stick to one face product and try the eye product for extra credit.
YOU’RE A MORNING PERSON:
PHILOSOPHY MIRACLE WORKER MIRACULOUS ANTI-AGING RETINOID PADS AND SOLUTION
Filled with new-generation retinoid technology, HPR, which works fast to deliver all the skin benefits of a retinol while vitamins E and C ensure less irritation.
DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE FERULIC ACID + RETINOL BRIGHTENING SOLUTION
Combines a non-irritating form of retinol, which treats surface imperfections, and ferulic acid, which treats deeper concerns, making both ingredients stronger and more effective.
YOU’RE A CREATURE OF THE NIGHT:
KATE SOMERVILLE RETASPHERE 2-IN-1 RETINOL NIGHT CREAM
The patented smart-release carrier system protects pure retinol in a lipid shell that melts evenly into the epidermis, while seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid lock in moisture.
PETER THOMAS ROTH RETINOL FUSION PM
A sheer combination of encapsulated retinol and vitamins C and E helps to speed the skin’s renewal process with minimal redness and irritation.
SHISEIDO BENEFIANCE PURE RETINOL INSTANT TREATMENT EYE MASK
Contoured undereye pads drenched in an exclusive pure liquid retinol delivery system help the retinol retain its power and effectiveness over time.
THE TIP-OFF: Retinol can make skin more sensitive to the sun so be sure to remember to layer a high SPF every morning.