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So, you’ve heard of retinol but you’re a little unsure of what it is and how your skin can benefit from it? Well, we’re here to give you the low-down and to decode that scientific jargon that clutters up the beauty world! Read on to find out if your skin could benefit from the properties of this fabulous ingredient.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is also known as vitamin A - which sounds a lot less scientific, doesn’t it? It’s used in lots of skincare products, like serums and creams, due to its number of skin benefits. Retinol is not just a one trick pony when it comes to looking after your complexion, it is known to:

  • Aid in the production of collagen
  • Diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Exfoliate the skin
  • Speed up skin cell renewal
  • Fight free radicals
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A Bit of Extra Info on Retinol...

It’s really important when using products with retinol to follow up with an SPF as it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to light. It is also not recommended to use retinol if you have rosacea, eczema or psoriasis as it can cause further inflammation to your skin. And lastly… retinol can be fairly drying, so if you already have dry or dehydrated skin, follow it up with a skin-quenching moisturiser.

Always check the label of your products for suggestions on how often to apply. Okay... now for the good stuff, the products!

Our Fave Retinol Serums and Creams

1. Optimum Retinol Range

The affordable, high-tech skincare range from Superdrug just became even better than before with the addition of their retinol-based range. Say hello to smoother looking skin without blowing your budget!

The collection features the highly nourishing Retinol Day Cream SPF15, the lightly textured and super effective Retinol Serum and the Retinol Eye Cream that protects, lifts and smooths the delicate area around your eyes.

Diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet within just a matter of a few weeks with regular use.

2. B. Nourished Advance Serum

Do you have a big birthday coming up, a special occasion or just want to look your best without having to do anything toooo drastic? B.’s Nourished Advanced Serum reduces the appearance of wrinkles and deep lines in 4 weeks! This serum is full of skin loving and wrinkle busting ingredients that will give you your best skin yet.

3. Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment

Looking to fight the appearance of deep-set wrinkles? Olay's Eye Treatment is full of pro-retinol ingredients and pentapeptides that will smooth the appearance of wrinkles around the delicate eye area.

4. L’Oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream

LO'real's Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream is a soooo luxurious, you'll be tempted to use more than just at night! It helps firm your skin while you sleep, thanks to the blend of the Pro-Retinol ingredients which help strengthen supporting tissues, while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

5. Revolution Skincare Skin Tone Correcting Serum

Looking for a super skin booster? This could be the one for you. Revolution’s Skin Tone Correcting Serum helps rewind time and encourage your skin’s cell turnover revealing a smoother looking complexion. If you have some acne scarring or dark spots, this amazing serum will help with that too.

6. B. Nourished Eye Cream

Have you noticed some fine lines that have started to appear in the corners of your eyes? Relax, the B. Nourished Eye Cream will plump and smooth these out.