Everybody’s talking about. . . retinol! This anti-aging active is super popular among skincare experts and enthusiasts alike due to its multitude of benefits. Retinol helps to increase skin cell regeneration and boost collagen production, making it an effective treatment against signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Regular use can also help even out skin tone by diminishing dark spots, tackling texture, and beating blemishes.
Remember to stay sun-safe by using SPF daily as retinol increases the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays – you can find our top 12 sunscreens for the face here. Ready for your retinol journey but not sure where to start? We’ve got you. Read on for a breakdown of our favourite retinol serums.
BY BEAUTY BAY SKINHIT 0.2% RETINOL COMPLEX SERUM WITH RETINOL AND PEPTIDES
If introducing retinol into your routine seems a bit daunting, this one’s for you. The By BEAUTY BAY SkinHit 0.2% Retinol Complex Serum with Retinol and Peptides works its magic on fine lines and wrinkles and helps to improve the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots while still being gentle on the skin. The overall result is smoother, more even skin that stays soft and hydrated. Plus, it won’t break the bank.
THE ORDINARY RETINOL 0.5% IN SQUALANE
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane is a great higher strength retinol serum for those ready to build up their skin’s tolerance. This super-popular serum is formulated with hydrating plant-derived squalene to ensure your skin stays soft and supple, while the 0.5% retinol helps minimise the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, and blemishes. A must-have addition to your routine that you’ll keep coming back for.
PETER THOMAS ROTH RETINOL FUSION PM
The Retinol Fusion PM Serum by Peter Thomas Roth doesn’t mess about. Enriched with vitamins C and E, this multi-tasking serum works hard to help reduce the signs of aging while tackling texture and soothing stressed-out skin. Regular use can leave you with a firmer, smoother-looking complexion making it ideal for those with mature skin.
SKIN PROUD RECHARGE OVERNIGHT 0.5% RETINOL SERUM
A match made in heaven, Skin Proud has combined retinol with skin-loving rosehip oil in their Recharge Overnight 0.5% Retinol Serum. Packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants and rich in essential fatty acids, rosehip oil helps to soothe and regenerate the skin, leaving it looking younger and healthier with an all-over glow.
BLISS YOUTH GOT THIS SERUM
Bliss’ Youth Got This Serum has all bases covered. The killer anti-aging combo of retinol, amino acids, peptides, squalene, and antioxidants (phew) help to firm and plump the skin, while keeping it hydrated and protected. Skin is left feeling softer, healthier, and bouncier contributing to a more youthful look.
REVOLUTION SKINCARE 0.3% RETINOL WITH VITAMINS & HYALURONIC ACID SERUM
Another budget-friendly option for your first foray into retinol use is Revolution Skincare’s 0.3% Retinol with Vitamins and Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Formulated with pore refining niacinamide and hydrating hyaluronic acid that care for the skin, while the 0.3% pure retinol promotes the renewal of skin cells. It helps gently and safely reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and stubborn pigmentation without irritation.
THE ORDINARY GRANACTIVE RETINOID 2% EMULSION
The Ordinary is known for making efficacious anti-ageing products accessible and affordable, and the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion definitely fits the bill. Signs of aging and skin texture don’t stand a chance against this powerful yet lightweight serum. The formula combines pure retinol with an advanced retinoid – hydroxypinacolone reinoate. This next-gen retinoid effectively targets fine lines and wrinkles, helps tighten loose skin, and improves the appearance of pigmentation, all for under £10.