Let’s be real here: there’s sadly no such thing as the fountain of youth. So, unfortunately, that means we’re required to age naturally, with pride and grace. But, if you’re among the countless men and women who are looking for a way to slow down the signs of aging even in the slightest, then we’ve got the scoop on a powerful ingredient that you need to add to your beauty regimen ASAP.
Retinol is the key to maintaining youthful skin and can actually be found in many skincare products. What exactly is Retinol you ask? Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that boosts cell turnover, which can help improve fine lines and wrinkles and enhance collagen production in the skin. (Retinol known as the gold standard anti-aging ingredient for good reason).
The beauty gurus of the world have said that the best time to start incorporating retinol into your beauty routine is in your late twenties, but use caution if you’re on the sensitive side, since the ingredient is known to cause irritation. If you have yet to try this magic-like ingredient, we’ve rounded up our favourite retinol-infused beauty products that will not only reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but also help resurface the skin’s texture for a smoother, more even-toned look.
A concern for most women is developing wrinkles around the eyes. The perfect fix for this is Shiseido’s WrinkleResist24 Retinol Express ($78) eye masks, as they help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even with just one application. Developed with Shiseido’s original Pure Retinol Micro-infusion Technology, you’ll experience immediate anti-wrinkle benefits and improved skin texture around the eyes.
First Aid Beauty’s Retinol Serum ($73) is a great choice for those with sensitive skin and first-time retinol users. The serum, which also includes a wealth of other skin-loving actives such as vitamins C and E and hyaluronic acid, helps soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles while improving loss of firmness and elasticity and uneven skin tone.
If you’re not a fan eye masks but still looking to treat the under eye area, Skin Inc. Vitamin A Serum ($45) may be for you. This gentle serum, which includes seaweed-encapsulated vitamin A to keep the active ingredient stable, targets dullness and discoloration around the eyes but can also be used all over your face. It hydrates and cools the skin, and evens skin tone to make dark circles and fatigue less noticeable.
If you prefer letting your beauty products work while you sleep, we recommend trying Clark’s Botanicals Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream ($98). This treatment will work its age-fighting magic while you slumber by releasing time-release retinol deep into the skin to promote cell renewal. Because it’s so rich and contains soothing vitamins E and B5, and colloidal oatmeal, you won’t ever wake up with red or irritated skin.
Inspired by the most sought-after treatment at the LA-based Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts Clinic, the DermalQuench Liquid Lift ($98) is a resurfacing booster treatment that is formulated with a retinol active ingredient to give you the firm and glowing skin of your dreams.
This drugstore retinol cream proves you don’t have to spend a lot of money for great products. Roc’s Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Cream ($27) contains pure retinol to help reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles after 12 weeks of use.