If there is one ingredient that is widely documented and consistently shows positive results as an facial cream, it’s Vitamin A or retinoic acid.
According to Dr. John J. Voorhees in the New York Times Article, The Thing About Retin-A – It Works, “(Retinol Face Cream) is the only drug for which there has been crystal-clear demonstration that it works on the molecular level.”
This is why one of the most in demand skin care product is Retinol face cream. It diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, it boosts collagen repair and production, it brightens the skin, and it even treats acne. What more do you want in a facial cream?
But before we discuss the best retinol cream in the market, let’s explore the basics about this ingredient.
First of all, do know that the more potent form of Vitamin A called Retinoic acid is considered a drug by the USDA. This means that what you get in over the counter (otc) retinol cream are the less potent derivatives called Retinol or Retinyl palmitate.
These less potent ingredients then converts into retinoic acid in your skin. More studies need to be done on the efficacy of these less stronger Vitamin A but more and more research have shown that they are just as effective as Retinoic Acid.
Best Retinol Cream
Listed below are the best retinol cream in the market. I will be writing a more comprehensive review of these products very soon. So do watch out for that.
- RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, 1-Ounce Tube
- SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Maximum Strength Refining Night Cream, 1-Ounce Tube
- Skinmedica Age Defense Retinol Complex, 1-Ounce Pump Bottle
- biomedic retinol cream
- benev retinol cream
- Skinceuticals Retinol 0.5 Refining Night Cream
- Afirm 3X -30 gm
- green cream retinol
- Credentials Daily O2 Optimizing Creme
- Skin Smoothing Cream by Dermalogica
- A&C Synergy Serum – pHaze 23 by PCA Skin®
- Credentials Glycolic Face Cream
- Rejuvenating Dry Skin Cream by Pevonia Botanica
Uses Of Retinol Cream
Though some people only associate retinoic acid as a face cream, there are actually some other products with retinol as a main ingredient which are meant to be used for other parts of your body.
Listed below are some of the other uses of Retinol products.
Lip Retinol Cream – Many of us don’t often give the lips as much attention as the face or the eyes. However, the lips could quickly show signs of aging, so it’s only normal that we shower it with as much attention as possible.
Retinol Cream For Hands – Our hands show our age just as much as our face. A little bit of care and a good cream can make a big difference. Retinol hand cream do a good job with boosting collagen thereby, avoiding those early wrinkly feel of your hands. They look nice and feel even nicer too.
Retinol Eye Cream – Although some people do use their retinol face cream for their eyes, there are now retinol-based products for the eyes, too.
Retinol Cream Side Effects
Retinol is an effective facial cream. However, it can be harsh to some people’s skin. For this reason, it is always adviced that you start slow. Then as your skin gets used to it, you start applying it more often.
Upon your first application, expect to have dry and red skin. This is normal. Remember, don’t slather too much of it on your face. I have a friend who rubbed as much as she could hoping for it to work quicker (duh, I know!), and she looked all burned-up the following day. Patience is the name of the game here.
When You’re Pregnant
It is advised not to use retinol-based cream when you’re pregnant. There is the possibility of birth-defects when using retinol, so it’s best to err on the safe side and forego the use of it until after breastfeeding.