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The best retinol products for 2019

The best retinol products for 2019

Otherwise known as Vitamin A, retinol is one of the most potent ingredients you can use in your skincare routine.

A powerful anti-ageing active, retinol is brilliant at smoothing out fine lines, reducing the appearance of blemishes and refnining uneven skin texture.

We have put together an edit of the best retinol products to use in your skincare routine, discover more about each of them below. If you’re new to retinol and want to discover more about what makes it such a great skincare ingredient, you can read more here.

I have been using retinols a long time. They are easily the best products for fighting signs of ageing – Caroline Hirons

11 of the best retinol products

  1. Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin Retinol Duo
  2. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream
  3. Zelens Power A Treatment Drops
  4. The Ordinary Retinol 0.5%
  5. Pixi Retinol Tonic
  6. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
  7. Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster
  8. Lancer Advanced C Radiance Cream
  9. Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules
  10. Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair Serum
  11. SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment

Which are the best retinol products for me?

  1. Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin Retinol Duo
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    Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin Retinol Duo

    Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Vitamin Retinol Duo contains everything you need for glowing, healthy and clear skin.

    The set contains the brand’s bestselling Vitamin C Booster, which contains a base of 10% Vitamin C to brighten and invigorate fatigued skin. Because Vitamin C is highly unstable, Clinique has packaged it to isolate it from oxygenation, therefore preserving its potency and powerful properties.

    To follow at night, the secondary item in the duo is the Vitamin A Booster, which is an anti-ageing powerhouse. Helping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, it also works wonders on reducing pigmentation and uneven skin tone.

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  2. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream
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    Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream

    A powerful anti-ageing treatment for the eyes, Dr. Dennis Gross’s Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream helps to hydrate, smooth out wrinkles, brighten and reduce the appearance of dark circles.

    The retinol in the cream helps to smooth out wrinkles and the ferulic acid works to neturalise pollutant particles so the skin stays perfected and protected. It’s also great as a morning eye cream as it contains mica, which helps to naturally brighten and diffuse light, ready for concealer application.

    What we love most about this retinol product is that it’s free from common chemical nasties and is also cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

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  3. Zelens Power A Treatment Drops
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    Zelens Power A Treatment Drops

    Zelens Power A Treatment Drops are one of the best retinol products as you can control how much or how little you use.

    The formula is made up of a blend of pure retinol and two retinoids, which help to smooth out uneven skin texture, reduce blemishes and redness and leave the skin looking clarified and purified.

    As its oil-free, it’s one of the best retinol products for those with combination complexions as it won’t cause excess shine or irritation.

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  4. The Ordinary Retinol 0.5%
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    The Ordinary Retinol 0.5%

    One of the best less expensive retinol products, The Ordinary’s 0.5% Retinol Serum is a great introductory option into retinol-based serums. Thanks to its squalane-base, the serum is super hydrating, helping to reduce the chance of dryness and irritation that can occur with some retinols.

    The retinol is however still powerful enough to reduce blemishes, age spots and fine lines.

    As with all The Ordinary products, this one is vegan, cruelty-free and free from common chemical nasties such as alcochol and silicones.

     

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  5. Pixi Retinol Tonic
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    Pixi Retinol Tonic

    Cited by Caroline Hirons as one of her most-used beauty products of 2018, Pixi’s Retinol Tonic is certainly up there in the retinol Hall of Fame.

    Perfect for sensitive skin-types and retinol begginers, Pixi’s Tonic contains a base of retinol to smooth out uneven skin tone and reduce blemishes, while a blend of jasmine flower and peptides help to soothe, calm and nourish.

    If you’re nervous to buy into the full-size, try the 100ml version here.

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  6. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream
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    Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream

    Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream has been specially formulated to work as you sleep, so you awake with a revitalised, smooth and glowing complexion.

    Powered by a very unique tri-Retinol complex, which includes a fast-acting retinoid, retinol booster and time-released retinol to help prove both short-term and long-term skincare benefits.

    Working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the cream also helps to moisturise thanks to its blend of swertia flower extract and red algae extract. Expect beautifully radiant skin.

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  7. Paula's Choice 1% Retinol Booster
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    Paula's Choice 1% Retinol Booster

    Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster is great for those who want to include retinol in their skincare routines without a direct application. Formulated to be mixed into your favourite moisturiser or serum, the booster supercharges it to deliver incredible anti-ageing benefits.

    The Booster contains 1% retinol and willow-herb to repair damaged skin, reduce redness and stimulate collagen production so that skin appears smoother and radiant.

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  8. Lancer Advanced C Radiance Cream
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    Lancer Advanced C Radiance Cream

    If you’re looking for a retinol treatment that is specially-designed to brighten and illuminate, you will love Lancer’s Advanced C Radiance Cream. It contains a base of 10% Vitamin C to target dark spots, and retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    For those worried about it being too drying, don’t panic. It’s also infused with shea butter to intensely hydrate and nourish without making the skin feel oily.

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  9. Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules
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    Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules

    The Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules only launched last year but they have already made waves in the beauty industry.

    Each single dose capsule contains a blend of retinol, ceramides and peptides, which are specially formulated to smooth out wrinkles and target dark spots and pigmentation.

    Suitable for all skin types, unlike some retinol treatments, the capsules have a non-drying formula so won’t cause any dehydration or irritation.

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  10. Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair Serum
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    Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair Serum

    From the experts in skin health, Dermalogica’s Overnight Retinol Repair Serum is ideal for those who are used to using retinol products thanks to its powerful formula.

    Infused with micro-encapsulated retinol to help improve cellular health and collagen production, the treatment also contains Vitamin C to brighten and reduce the appearance of dark spots.

    The serum comes with a Buffer Cream, which helps to improve its efficacy on the skin.

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  11. SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment
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    SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment

    SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 Refining Night Treatment is a concentrated retinol formulated, specially-designed to reduce blemishes, fine lines, pigmentation and age spots.

    Powered by pure retinol, the serum also contains a base of hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate to minimise the chance of dehydration and irritation.

    The great thing about this retinol product is that you need the tiniest amount to make the biggest difference to the health of your skin.

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Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!