Great Retinoids to Help Fight Aging

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Great over the counter retinoids to help erase fine lines and wrinkles
Last week I shared 11 Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Retinoid, and today I'm sharing some of the best over the counter retinoids! They come in different price points, chemical structures and percentages. As a general rule, a Retinol will be stronger than a Pro-Retinol, which needs to undergo more chemical reactions in your skin to be effective than Retinol does. That also means that it will be potentially more irritating. (You can combat that a bit, go check out those retinoid tips again.)


1. RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream
Extended release formulation means this is less irritating.
Get it from Amazon or ULTA
Also contains: Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid

2. SkinMedica Retinol Complex

Comes in 0.25, 0.5 and 1% preparations of Retinol
At DermStore or Amazon
Also contains: Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate

3. PCA Skin Intensive Age Refining Treatment
0.5% Retinol
Buy it from DermStore
Also contains: Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol

4. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream - Night
Amazon, ULTA
Also contains: Green Tea Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate

5. Philosophy Help Me
Buy it from Sephora, Philosophy or ULTA
Also contains: Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate

6. La Roche Posay Redermic
Retinol and Retinyl Linoleate (a pro-retinoid) are both in this formulation
Available at Amazon or ULTA
Also contains: Adenosine, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate

7. Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Concentrate
Buy it from DermStore or Amazon
Also: Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate

8. Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate For Deep Wrinkles
Time release formulation for less irritation
Murad, Sephora or ULTA
Also with: Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate

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9. Avéne RétrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream
Retinal (in ingredient list), on their website Avéne calls it Retinaldehyde
Buy it from DermStore or Amazon
Also contains: Oleoyl Dipeptide-15, Oleoyl Tetrapeptide-31, Tocopherol

10. Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment
Retinyl Propionate
ULTA or Amazon
Also contains: Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol

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  1. The best of all is def tretinoin :)

  2. Love the round-up! I'd always opt for anything that also uses Niacinamide - that is one superstar ingredient! We are only just discovreing HOW awesome it is... another great one for anti-aging...

  3. I am confused about using retinoids. Are they applied prior to or after moistuizing?


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