If you want to reverse skin damage, delay the signs of skin ageing or preserve the current state of your skin then retinol has your name all over it. After SPF retinols or retinoids are the only legitimate anti-ageing skincare ingredients. I will include some links below if you would like more in depth information (GW ed note: Green Derm also talks retinols here). Today I’m going to show you four varieties from my skincare stash.
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%. This bad boy packs a punch and it’s cheap as chips. Don’t be fooled by the price. This is one of the strongest versions I’ve used and it’s fragrance free. A great option if you want transformative skincare on a budget. Unfortunately, if you are new to retinol or have sensitive skin then this is likely too strong. Start with 0.5% and work your way up to this strength. With this product you get way more for your money.
Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment. This is also pretty strong and therefore not a good option if you are a first timer (they have milder options). I like this a lot as it does exactly what it says on the tin. The price is good for what you get. It’s perfectly packaged in an airtight container and it’s also fragrance free.
African Botanics Fleurs D’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil. This is hands down one of my favourite brands. The founders are lovely and they sure know how to create luxury. Besides retinol this serum/oil contains Baobab (rich in antioxidants, vitamins A,C & E. Omega’s 3, 6 & 9), Marula Oil (rich in vitamin E & antioxidants) and CoQ10 (aids collagen production). It also contains Immortelle Jasmine flowers so this is definitely more than just a retinol. This is an absolute treat and my skin looks soft and bright the morning after. Three or four drops is plenty so the 30ml bottle should last around a year.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Perhaps the most famous retinol product ever. I’m sure you have read a review on this. The inclusion of synthetic colour pigments with soothing Blue Tansy give this it’s deep blue hue. Cold pressed oils elevate this from a standard retinol product. A little goes a long way so the cost per use makes it fair value in my opinion.
When using any type of Retinol or Retinoid it’s essential you wear an SPF 30 or higher everyday. Please see links below for more information.