Retinol Benefits & the Best Retinol Creams & Serums

Best Retinol Cream
If there is something that most Dermatologists seem to agree upon... Women over a certain age should be using a Retinol Cream in their daily skincare routine. Click To Tweet

Considered the holy grail for wrinkle prevention, the best Retinol Cream, when applied topically, stimulates collagen production and cell turnover.  And more importantly,  reduces the appearance of fine lines, evens out complexion and unclogs pores.

Opinions vary as to what age you should begin using a Retinol Cream.  The average seems to be around 30-35 years old with some Dermatologists recommending adding a Retinol Cream to your daily skincare routine at age 25.  There are three prescription-strength retinoids: tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene.  All of which you need a prescription to obtain.  While prescription strength is considered to be the most effective, an over the counter retinoid, called retinol can provide impressive results over time.  They key is patience – expect at least 12 weeks to see noticeable results.

Retinol has some side effects, especially for those with sensitive skin.  The general rule of thumb is to start slowly.  Begin using the retinol cream  2-3 times per week working up to every other night,  then to every night as your skin can tolerate it.  Side effects may include dryness, redness and skin irritation.  TIP:  Apply your retinol cream or serum FIRST and follow with a GOOD moisturizer.  This will help prevent skin irritation & dryness.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!….

Since Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the Sun’s harmful UV rays, it is especially important to use an SPF 30 daily to protect your skin.  Of course you should be doing that already anyway!  If you are not, please start using an SPF 30 daily – it is so important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

What is the Best Retinol Cream?…

There are so many over the counter Retinol Creams & Serums available today with virtually every skincare company including a retinol product in their line. Click To Tweet

Here are three that I have used and had great results from.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM
This serum applies like a dream & I saw results within 30 days.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

I absolutely adore Peter Thomas Roth’s Retinol Fusion PM.   I love this serum.   It is packaged in a bottle with a dropper and the texture seems thin & liquidy but it just melts into the skin when you apply it to your face.  It absorbs quickly and I experienced little to no skin irritation from this product.

I saw results with this product within 30 days with improvements to fine lines & wrinkles and my skin felt smoother and appeared brighter. Click To Tweet

Retinol Fusion PM contains time released 1.5% Retinol and is infused with Vitamins C and E.  It is also oil and fragrance free which I consider a big plus!  According to Peter Thomas Roth’s website, the “sustained release of the retinol over eight hours helps improve the look of skin smoothness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and enhance the look of skin tone and texture.”

Dr Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum
This serum contains 2% retinol, the highest available without a prescription!

Dr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum Nighttime Skin Renewal

This is a potent over the counter retinol cream containing 2% Retinol, the highest strength available without a prescription! Click To TweetDr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum nighttime Skin Renewal is a time released formula which promotes radiance both short and long-term.  The Serum goes on smoothly and quickly absorbs into the skin.  When I first started using Dr. Brandt’s Resurfacing Serum I found my skin a little irritated.  So I started using it every other night and then worked my way to every night.  I saw results with this product within the first two weeks with improvements to my skin tone and texture and within 30 days I saw softening of fine lines and wrinkles.

According to Dr. Brandt, the 2% Retinol Complex Serum Nighttime Skin Renewal

  • Reveals new skin by stimulating cell turnover
  • Helps counteract dullness & loss of vitality for a healthy, youthful glow
  • Improves skin texture & tone
  • Softens the appearance of lines, wrinkles & enlarged pores
Roc Retinol Deep Wrinkles Night Cream
Roc scientists were the first to discover the method for stabilizing Retinol!

Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night cream

Did you know that Roc scientists were the first to discover the method for stabilizing Retinol? This method made Retinol available over the counter for safe, effective daily use. Click To TweetIt is now the #1 Drugstore Retinol on the Internet.  I saw results with  Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream in about 8-10 weeks with improvements to fine lines and skin tone.  Works over time to smooth fine lines and eventually even deep wrinkles.  This is a really good product at an affordable price.  If you prefer a serum, Roc Retinol also makes a Deep Wrinkle Serum.

Retinol is such a powerful and effective ingredient. Consider adding it to your skincare routine now. It's never too late! Click To TweetIf I could go back in time, I would have incorporated a Retinol Cream or Serum into my skincare routine at a much earlier age.  I will never be without it!

Do you use a retinol product in your skin care routine?  What is your favorite product?  Please leave your comments below!  As always, I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Finally I am able to see your website. I loved reading this post. Prescription Retinol is difficult to get here in Philippines. I used to get it in Cambodia easily. I am running out of my creams but now I have the options that you have mentioned. I am considering the Dr. Brandt one as it contains 2% and my skin has got used to that strength. 🙂

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