5 Drugstore Retinol Creams Your Skin Will Love


5 Drugstore Retinol Creams Your Skin Will Love

A potent form of vitamin A (and therefore a powerhouse antioxidant), retinol may or may not be the buzziest skincare product that’s NOT in your current arsenal, either because A) it can be darn expensive or B) you’re just not sure what all the hype is all about.
Let’s start by clearing the air. Simply put, retinol is a cosmetic ingredient that, when absorbed into skin, is transformed into retinoic acid—aka the magic that has majorly game-changing effects on the overall appearance and health of your skin (think anti-aging, acne-clearing, and tone-enhancing). A godsend to those who dream of reversing past and future damage, preventing wrinkles, correcting discoloration, and/or helping to manage skin conditions such as acne and eczema, retinol is basically a reverie—tubed. Unlike over-the-counter retinol, a high-quality retinol cream purchased at your local drugstore can pack a powerful, skin-improving punch while being significantly easier on the skin (not to mention your bank account). Keep scrolling our five super-affordable favorites!
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    A good choice for those prone to sensitive skin and irritation, RoC’s feathery-light formula will help reduce signs of aging—sans redness.
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    La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] ($57)
    Containing the brand’s highest concentration of pure retinol, this pick smooths skin, encourages luminosity, and combats premature aging.
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    A cult favorite, this classic won’t leave skin dry or scaly but will target fine lines and wrinkles while gradually improving tone and color.
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    This multitasking formula (which distinctively combines Retinol SA, glucose complex, and hyaluronic acid) also happens to be divinely moisturizing.
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    According to the brand, in just four weeks, this targeted serum will visibly transform tired skin—boosting glow and minimizing telltale signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, and unevenness.

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