Retinol is widely-regarded as one of the most effective anti-ageing skin care ‘must-haves’. It is right up there with hyaluronic acid.
It is an ingredient commonly found in face creams and, increasingly, serums.
Otherwise known as Vitamin A, retinol speeds up the renewal of skin cells. In turn, this helps the body increase production of collagen. Although found naturally in some foods, such as meat and fish, topical application on the face and neck is popular because of its concentrated effect.
What Can You Expect Retinol To Target?
Vitamin A is proven to:
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines
- Treat sun damage
- Diminish dark spots and even the skin tone
- Prevent and reduce wrinkles
Retinol is considered effective in quite small quantities – as little at 0.1 per cent in some products. However, it is now possible to buy treatments with much higher concentrations for even more dramatic results.
Quickly absorbed, it works by morphing into the compound retinoic acid. When this process occurs, it kick-starts the cell renewal process. You can expect changes to start occurring after just a few days. So regular use is highly recommended, particularly with lower concentrates.
Brands To Try
Here are some recommendations, based on user reviews…
*Prices correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.
Mother Nature Cosmetics High Strength Retinol Serum. This product contains 2.5% retinol, along with hyaluronic acid and witch hazel. It rejuvenates skin overnight, reversing and preventing premature skin ageing, while targeting age spots and blemishes. It also deeply hydrates the skin.
This product, manufactured in Germany, retails at £18.95. Click an image above or below for further information.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift, 2% retinol – £8.95.
Eclat Natural Skin Care, 2.5% retinol – £6.98.