There's a reason that retinol is the buzziest ingredient in skincare. The powerhouse anti-aging ingredient
is key for addressing various skin concerns, from wrinkles, uneven texture, and breakouts, to hyper-pigmentation. According to celebrity dermatologist Harold Lancer
, "If you're maintaining a skincare program that doesn't include a retinol, there's something wrong with the program." (One caveat, though: If you're breastfeeding or pregnant you should check with your doctor before use.) To steer you in the right direction, here are the most raved-about retinols out there. Used at night unless otherwise specified, these gems yield baby-soft skin by morning.
The INKEY List Retinol ($10)
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105):
The blue-hued, tansy-oil based blend has stolen the hearts of beauty editors across the globe. It's clinically proven to improve skin radiance, fine lines, and smoothness, and is cruelty-free to boot.
Goldfaden MD Wake Up Call ($85):
This physician-formulated treatment is ideal for normal to dry skin, with vitamin E and avocado and grapeseed oils delivering mega hydration. It works like magic overnight so you'll wake up with a softer, smoother face.
Joanna Vargas Super Nova Serum ($295):
"I think retinols are important, but the skin needs a lot of nourishment and to be calm in order to balance out the dryness and sensitivity that can occur," says celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas
. Retinol serum Super Nova did the trick for countless Hollywood stars before the Oscars this year.
Asarai Sleepercell Retinol Serum ($45):
Meet the Aussie skincare newcomer that corrects scarring, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging with this 99 percent natural formula.
Verso Skincare Day Cream ($100):
Holy game-changer! Verso created a patented daytime-safe formulation called Retinol 8. It's sensitive skin-friendly and is eight times
as effective as traditional retinol.
Renée Rouleau Advanced Resurfacing Serum ($85):
"When I developed my retinol product, the focus was on the delivery system and the stability, since retinol is notorious for losing stability if not properly formulated [an unstable retinol means an ineffective formula]," says celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau
"We use a stable liposomal form of retinol."
Resurface by Shani Darden Retinol Reform ($95):
This bad boy by the celebrity facialist has been hailed as one of the industry's best. Less irritating than other products on the market, it works to make skin smoother, healthier, and more refined.
Biossance Squalane + Photo-Retinol Serum ($78):
A plant-derived form of retinol fuels the natural beauty line's squalene oil-based blend with miraculous results — reduced lines and wrinkles and an evened-out skin tone, to name a few.
Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Night Serum ($110):
The entire clean beauty line is devoted to protecting your natural skin barrier, making this green, gentle formulation a fabulous find for those with sensitive skin.
Envy Medical Trifecting Night Cream 1.0 ($95):
This ah-mazing retinol night cream is jam-packed with free radical-fighting antioxidants and contains skin-promoting ceramides that prevent over-exfoliation.
Bioelements Sleepwear ($69):
The encapsulated retinol in this cult-favorite ensures time-released delivery overnight — so you'll wake up with a more rested and youthful-looking complexion.
Omorovicza Gold Eye Lift ($185):
The luxe line from Hungary (think: a high-end Peter Thomas Roth) turned their award-winning serum into a next-level eye-cream. It diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, brightens skin tone, *and* helps to reduce sun damage.
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