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INTO IT: THE BEST RETINOL PRODUCTS

INTO IT: THE BEST RETINOL PRODUCTS

It’s the buzzword that’s been on every Beauty Editor’s lips since the beginning of the year, but do you actually know what this skincare acid actually is? We’re getting all the info and sharing the best Retinol products for you to start using RN.

What is Retinol?

You might know Retinol as Vitamin A. It’s an ingredient widely used in skincare to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst helping to boost collagen – essentially helping along the anti-ageing process.

It also promoted healthy skin cell turnover – AKA exfoliating – meaning that it can be extra beneficial for those with acne-prone skin. Newer cells mean unclogged skin, which can in turn help with medication efficacy. Plus, with the cell turnover are lower chances of acne scarring.

When should I use Retinol?

Generally, Dermatologists recommend starting with Retinol in your 30s, when fine lines may be considered to be a concern, however in small doses Retinol may be used by people younger.

As with any acid, we’d recommend using an SPF the next day just to protect your skin against sun as you’re likely to be much more receptive to the effects of sun damage.

Retinol may also be used as part of your bodycare routine, as opposed to just your face and neck.

Best Retinol Products 2018

  1. The Ordinary Retinol Serum 1% in Squalane
    £5.80 Buy now with HQhair

    The Ordinary Retinol Serum 1% in Squalane

    We couldn’t write a blog post on the best Retinol products without mentioning The Ordinary. Known, and loved, for their high-impact skincare products without the eye-wateringly expensive price point, the Ordinary Retinol Serum has a cult following.

    1% is a pretty high concentrate (you can also get it at 0.5%), so expect intense results. Skin may appear red after the first few uses, so start slow at once or twice a week, before building up to more regular use.

    Continue reading: our guide to the best The Ordinary products

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  2. ALGENIST RETINOL FIRMING AND LIFTING SERUM
    £132.00 Buy now with HQhair

    ALGENIST RETINOL FIRMING AND LIFTING SERUM

    Add a serum step to your skincare routine with this Retinol serum by Algenist. Lightweight and silky, this will help to penetrate deep beneath the skin’ outer layers to make sure you’re getting the most out of your skin products.

    Plus, this one’s gentle enough for daily use, so you can reap the benefits slowly over a long period of time.

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  3. PIXI RETINOL TONIC
    £18.00 Buy now with HQhair

    PIXI RETINOL TONIC

    Hands up who uses the original Pixi Glow Tonic? You’re gonna love this lilac update.

    Pixi are in on the Retinol game by including it as an extended part of their Glow Tonic range. Used like the original by soaking into a cotton pad and applying to a cleansed face, this is a simple step to add to your skincare routine that’ll pay dividends.

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  4. FIRST AID BEAUTY SKIN LAB RETINOL SERUM 0.25% PURE CONCENTRATE
    £48.00 Buy now with HQhair

    FIRST AID BEAUTY SKIN LAB RETINOL SERUM 0.25% PURE CONCENTRATE

    A dead cert to add to our list of the best First Aid Beauty products, their relatively new Retinol Serum contains a concentrate of 0.25%.

    Aimed at people new to using acids as part of their skincare routine, this is a gentle serum formula that may be used daily to build up to a higher concentrate. Plus, it’s a completely Gluten-free beauty product.

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  5. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
    £75.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

    Another serum to add to our list of the best Retinol products, but one we loved since very first application. The Murad Retinol Serum is a fast-absorbing formula which slowly releases Retinol over a longer period of time, meaning the product has more time to work its magic.

    Plus, with added Hyaluronic Acid this will help to maintain moisture levels without stripping skin of its natural oils.

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  6. PAULA'S CHOICE CLINICAL 1% RETINOL TREATMENT
    £53.00 Buy now with HQhair

    PAULA'S CHOICE CLINICAL 1% RETINOL TREATMENT

    Potentially the cult Retinol product, Paula’s Choice made a name for their 1% Retinol Treatment among Beauty Editors and Influencers, and we’ve never looked back.

    A worthy addition to our list of the best Retinol products, this treatment is aimed at those in their 30s and older to help reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and eliminate brown spots. It will also work to combat any signs of irritation with infused oats.

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  7. SKIN REPUBLIC HYDROGEL FACE SHEET MASK RETINOL
    £5.59 Buy now with HQhair

    SKIN REPUBLIC HYDROGEL FACE SHEET MASK RETINOL

    Skin Republic easily made its way onto our list of the best face masks, but did you know that Retinol-infused face masks were a thing? Your skincare routine is about to be revolutionised…

    By incorporating Retinol into this serum-infused face mask (it’s one you don’t have to wash off), this gives your skin an intense burst of Retinol. Definitely use suncream the day after, but expect visibly smoother and brighter skin after just one use.

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  8. VERSO REVIVING EYE MASK
    £40.00 Buy now with HQhair

    VERSO REVIVING EYE MASK

    Instagram brand Verso have developed Retinol-infused eye masks, meaning that the delicate skin of your eye area can benefit from its cell renewal properties.

    By helping to stimulate the natural production of collagen with the Retinol 8 Complex and Hydrogel, expect eyes to look more awake with fine lines, puffiness and dark circles reduced.

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  9. THIS WORKS SLEEP PLUS DREAM BODY
    £25.00 Buy now with HQhair

    THIS WORKS SLEEP PLUS DREAM BODY

    Like we mentioned, it’s not just your face that can get in the action. This Works have developed a Retinol body cream, that gets to work on smoothing skin while you sleep.

    Mixing the key ingredient with amino acids and essential oils means that the cell turnover in your skin is renewed and you get the benefits of the signature This Works scent to help you drift off in no time at all.

    Continue reading: our guide to the best This Works products.

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  10. Tria Age Defying Skincare Finishing Serum
    £33.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Tria Age Defying Skincare Finishing Serum

    Last on our list of the best Retinol products is this killa’ serum by Tria. Designed to be used after using their Age-Defying Laser, this serum is purposefully designed and developed to help as part of your anti-ageing skincare routine.

    Including antioxidants like sea fennel and olive and avocado oils, this serum will get to work on your deep wrinkles and fine lines, while helping to promote firmer and more elastic skin long-term.

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