The Magic Ingredient: 6 Best Anti-Ageing Retinol Products To Try

With all the different ingredients to delay ageing that beauty companies sell to us to us, retinol is consistently considered the best since the 1980’s. Dermatologists agree that it’s the one ingredient that can really make a lasting difference and there is a fair amount of science to back it up.

What Is Retinol?

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. It increases cell turnover, encourages collagen production and improves the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, acne, scars, and dark spots. This miracle ingredient even out your skin tone and leaves you with a lasting smooth texture.

What Are The Side Effects Of Retinol?

So why aren’t we all using retinol? Using retinol products requires dedication and commitment, as the benefits are sometimes not seen for months. Those who want quick fix may give up on using the product before they get to see the real advantages.

Another disadvantage of using these products is that your skin may get worse before it gets better. Some formulas cause skin reactions, including dry skin, red patches and peeling. As new products enter the market, there are gentler versions out there. You may have to pay more for the high-quality products.

For people with sensitive skin, using retinol products may not be a good idea as your skin may not tolerate retinol. Sensitive skin already has issues with the external skin barrier, so retinol products may only worsen this. If you have any problems with eczema or rosacea, its best to be cautious when trying these products. However, for those with acne prone skin, sagging, or wrinkling bought on by ageing, committing to a skin routine using retinol is invaluable.

How To Use Retinol Products

The best time to start using retinol is in the late twenties / early thirties as this is when collagen levels begin to drop, but if you’re older its just a case of the sooner the better. Retinol products should be used every evening after cleaning and let to soak in for at least 15 minutes before applying any moisturisers or other products.

Prepare yourself that you might experience peeling or dryness after a few days. If this is particularly bad, reduce the frequency of the usage to every overnight for a while before going back to the usual routine once your skin has recovered.

6 Best Retinol Products

La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Retinol Eye Cream 15ml – £19.10

This eye cream is for sensitive eyes and is clinically proven to smooth the appearance of accentuated wrinkles leaving the eye area looking refreshed and luminous. It shouldn’t be used in conjunction with any other retinoid products.

These single dose capsules protect the formula as retinol is extremely sensitive to light and air. The lightweight serum contains a cocktail of ingredients to improve fine lines, wrinkles, texture and tone.


Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil – 110.00

This luxurious facial oil improves the skin tone and is enriched with a blend of retinol and Vitamin C. It improves elasticity, suppleness and moisture of the skin.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Serum 2% in Squalane – £7.80

This water-free solution has a concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex. It is lightweight, prevents UV damage, and counteracts harmful bacteria on the skin.

This product contains not one, but three forms of retinol, to deliver soft smooth skin whilst targeting wrinkles, crows feet and fine lines.


This serum has a slow-releasing retinol complex, formulated with ceramide blend and hyaluronic acid to reduce signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated.

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