Retinol is also an antioxidant which means it can help prevent the free-radical damage from pollution and the sun's rays, which both age skin. Instead, retinol helps to increase collagen production, which makes the skin look plumper.
Originally an ingredient in prescription products for acne and other skin conditions, which sometimes reacted with skin making it irritated and red, scientists have now managed to combine other ingredients to balance out the retinol and create a wonder anti-ageing ingredient.
So with the ability to manipulate cells into behaving differently, reducing fine lines and pigmentation and smoothing skin for a more youthful texture, now's the time to start hunting out skincare products which contain retinol.
Whether it's a daily moisturiser, hard-working serum, night-time gel or smoothing lotion, you'll find the right product for you in our edit of the best retinol skincare buys...
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