Hailed as a wonder ingredient that combats a myriad of skin issues, retinol seems to have it all. Usually a key ingredient in all things anti-ageing (it helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production, and boost the turnover of new skin cells), beauty experts are saying its every bit worth the hype. But is it something that you should be adding to your regime, even if your skin’s not showing any signs of ageing at all?
It turns out that retinol isn’t only for those who are starting to see some wrinkles. It’s an excellent exfoliator, stimulating your skin cells’ natural turnover and preventing blocked pores. This in turn can help with other skin concerns, including spots and acne, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. And if all of that wasn’t enough, it gives you that coveted glow that we all want – not bad for one ingredient.
Even better, retinols are surprisingly simple to slot into your skincare routine, and don’t need to break the bank either.
Dive head first into all things retinol with this collection of concentrated products from cult skincare brand The Ordinary. Their names might sound a little daunting, but they’re perfect for creating a bespoke retinol-based regime that’s tailored to the specific needs of your skin.
If it’s a dewy glow you’re looking for, Murad’s Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Serum is the one. Its lightweight texture sinks easily into your skin, and it’s infused with hyaluronic acid for a welcome boost of hydration, as well as swertia flower extract to brighten up your complexion.
These handy capsules from cult brand Gale Hayman are an effortless way to incorporate retinol into your regime, as they minimise mess and give you the exact amount of serum your skin needs. They’re also perfect for popping into your weekend bag so you don't have to forgo your retinol hit.
For those with sensitive skin, this Bio-Retinoid duo from the clean skincare experts at Ren has you covered. It’s packed with naturally sourced, non-irritant ingredients that will give your skin a gentle yet effective boost of retinol, and it’s a ready-made routine that will make a big difference.
For a retinol treatment that will get the job done overnight, look no further than Alpha-H’s Sleep Power Peel. Skip your night cream and just pop it on before bed to wake up to a fresher looking complexion, without having to take time out of your busy schedule.