6 Retinol Creams, Serums & Treatments That Actually Work

Ask someone with smooth, glowing skin what their secret is, and they’ll probably tell you it’s retinol. This skincare all-rounder is beneficial for skin types ranging from acne-prone to mature, since it increases cell turnover to exfoliate, smooth texture, unclog pores, and even increase collagen production. It’s also great for targeting concerns such as skin texture, acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.

If you’re not already using retinol in your routine, it’s time to add it, no matter what your skin concerns. Here’s our round-up of retinol creams, serums, and treatments to add into your daily skincare routine.


Looking for a retinol-based serum that’ll deliver smooth, clear and hydrated skin? We’ve got you with the Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum. This high-dose, fast-acting multi-retinoid serum with booster technology helps to reverse the appearance of wrinkles, retexturise skin, minimise the appearance of pores, and even skin tone whilst leaving the skin feeling smooth and healthy. Buy now, thank us later!

Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick

If you’re noticing fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, or you feel like your under eyes look dark, tired, or textured, then it’s time to add the Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick into your routine. Carefully formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes, this retinol eye serum combines retinol with peptides and astaxanthin to strengthen your natural skin barrier for brighter and tighter under eyes. It’ll also help with fine lines, discoloration, and texture. Plus, the handy stick applictor makes it easy to apply under the eyes without stress or mess.

Skin Proud Recharge Overnight 0.5% Retinol Serum

Want an easy way to add retinol into your sleep? Using an overnight serum can seriously boost your skin. targeting excess oil and breakouts while you sleep. We love the Skin Proud Recharge Overnight 0.5% Retinol Serum as it’s lightweight and doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. Formulated with 0.5% retinol, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and rosehip oil, it’s especially ideal for acne-prone skin or skin that’s struggling with texture or clogged pores. Plus, it’s totally vegan and cruelty-free, so looking good doesn’t need to feel bad.

Bliss Youth Got This Moisturizer

A deeply hydrating moisturiser that’s enriched with retinol, amino acids, peptides, antioxidants, and squalane? Yes please! The Bliss Youth Got This Moisturizer is more than just a regular nigh cream. It’ll work to smooth, clear, and protect your skin all while leaving it hydrated and glowing. Gentle enough to use daily, but powerful enough to press pause on fine lines, wrinkles, breakouts, blocked pores, and environmental damage, this is a seriously hard working moisturiser to add into your routine.


Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil

If you’re a fan of a facial oil, or you’re experiencing breakouts and signs of premature ageing, then the Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil could be exactly what you’re looking for. Designed to be used overnight, this hydrating blend of argan oil, rosehip seed oil, golden jojoba oils, salicylic acid, and retinol combine to nourish and rehydrate the skin whilst banishing breakouts, hyperpigmentation and blocked pores. This oil will leave your skin feeling – and looking – smooth, clear and vibrant without it feeling stripped, dry or out of balance. This is a great retinol to add into your routine if you’re menopausal or peri-menopausal.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

For a gentle, anti-ageing serum that won’t break the bank but will deliver on fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin without irritating your skin you can’t go wrong with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane. This plant-based, lightweight solution will support your skin with collagen production whilst reducing signs of ageing and dealing with breakouts, blocked pores, hyperpigmentation, and skin texture. Simply add it into your routine every evening after your other serums but before your moisturiser.