According to many skincare experts, retinol is the anti-aging product every woman needs in her arsenal. The vitamin A derivative is one of the only ingredients proven to cause a biological change in the skin to reverse the signs of aging. Specifically, retinol works to promote cell turnover and reduce age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores. Prescription retinoids are stronger and somewhat more effective at targeting these concerns. But research shows that over-the-counter retinols also help turn back the clock.
Some luxury OTC retinol products can cost $100 or more. But there are a few drugstore retinols that work just as well, according to both science and consumers. To find out what these best-selling drugstore retinols are, we enlisted the help of Rank & Style, a site that aggregates the top-rated beauty and fashion buys on the internet. Want to know which drugstore retinols other beauty consumers love most? Keep scrolling to count down to #1!
This American pick improves skin tone and texture with a 0.75% retinol concentration. Apply three pumps to your face once or twice a day (make sure to wear sunscreen if you use it in the morning) and you should see results within a matter of weeks.
This classic drugstore pick promises to penetrate even the deepest wrinkles, and according to Rank & Style reviews, “It really works.” The formula is lightweight and noncomedogenic, meaning it's formulated not to clog pores or cause breakouts.
You only need to use this product for two weeks to notice anti-aging results, according to clinical tests. Use it for four weeks and you'll find a clear reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. As a bonus, the product is hypoallergenic, so it's less likely to irritate sensitive skin.
This multitasking product combines the anti-aging power of retinol with a hydrating dose of hyaluronic acid to doubly benefit your skin. Incorporate this into your nighttime routine, and though you might experience some irritation in the beginning, it'll be worth it later.
Here it is! The gold-medal product. Backed by dermatologists and consumers, this night cream yields dramatic results if used daily for 12 weeks (we're talking fewer fine lines, a brighter complexion, the works). The formula is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and oil-free, so it's safe to use for almost all skin types. Happy anti-aging!