Retinol-based beauty products are known for their power to tackle the signs of ageing and more and more feature ths key vitamin A derivative. Incorporate the wonder ingredient in to your regime today...
First of all, don’t be foxed by the science – retinol is simply another name for vitamin A which is found naturally in the body. The beauty of it though is its ability to connect to any skin cell and encourage the cell to behave like a younger, healthier version of itself.
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…
New to the market this autumn is La Roche Posay's Redermic, an anti-ageing treatment serum with 0.3% retinol which can be applied alone or combined with moisturiser. With clinical tests a given for this skincare line, its claim is 'proven anti-wrinkle efficacy'. Don't be perturbed by the scientific packaging, the liquid cream glides on to skin seamlessly, is non-sticky and leaves skin visibly smoother with the subtlest of healthy glows.
Masters when it comes to effective skincare, Shiseido's wrinkle-reducing retinol offering won't disappoint. Although care should be taken when applying retinol-based products around the eye area, the Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalising eye mask is milder and is a great pick-me-up for tired eyes in need of attention.
Layer this under your night cream and lie back knowing your skin is repairing itself while you sleep. With a combination of Persian silk tree extract, cactus flower and all-important retinol, the formula works to attack the glycotoxins that build up in our body (thanks to processed food in our diet) and contribute to the ageing process.
At the more affordable end of the scale comes L'Oreal's Revitalift day cream, which is enriched with pro-retinol A which speeds up the metabolism of each skin cell. As well as decreasing fine lines and wrinkles over time, this moisturiser works wonders to neutralise the skin before make-up application.
Loaded with a host of powerful ingredients from antioxidants to soothing skin conditioners, this liquid formula is poured on to a fresh pad and swept over the face. It encourages the speed of cell turnover and works to fade discolouration, helping you look healthy and fresh-faced.
To get the most from your retinol, it's best to choose a gel, lotion, serum or moisturiser. REN's Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate has 100% natural vitamin A and works to smoothe, tone, soften and brighten the skin. Warm a few drops between your hands and apply before your night-time serum and moisturiser.
While we sleep our skin has a chance to recover from the pollution and sun damage it experiences during the day. Pure retinol in this Chantecaille cream's formula works to tackle these effects while you sleep, leading to smoother skin with less pigmentation.
If you're a sucker for an eye cream, then Decleor's Expression De L'Age eye cream is one to add to your regime. Lightweight and with the addictive scents of rose and sweet clover, a tiny amount works to brighten the eye area whilst tightening and lifting. For those who are on the cusp of seeing fine lines appear, this is a great combater in the early stages.
The area around the eyes is the first to show signs of ageing so it's crucial that we address fine lines that start to appear straight away. Dr Brandt's expert skincare line includes the Glow Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream which targets wrinkles and has a Ruby crystal complex which provides the skin with a radiant, youthful glow.
Indeed Laboratories (home of the cult skin hydration serum Hydraluron) has delivered once more with its answer to rolling back the years: Retinol Reface. This serum (best applied at night) combines three different types of retinol to pack an even greater anti-ageing punch.
High quantities of vitamin A work to speed up cell turnover, which in turn helps even out fine lines, fade sun spots and promote new collagen growth. The key is to use the product consistently for longer-lasting results.