Retinoids (or more commonly called retinol in everyday terms) are considered the skin-perfecting elixir in skincare. They are derivatives of vitamin A that are proven to have anti-aging effects. They boost the skin's ability to produce collagen, and strengthens the protective function of the epidermis (the external layer of the skin).
Retinoids, in the form of tretinoin, can also treat acne dislodge clogged pores. Tretinoin is considered the highest form of retinoid and it usually requires a prescription from a dermatologist. The most common trade name is Adapalene.
Retinoids in all forms have micro-exfoliating properties that can help address skin texture. It's no wonder dermatologists recommend retinol to solve the most common skin issues like breakouts, scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. (You can read more about retinol here!)
Dr. Claudia Christin of @funskincare explains the different types of retinoids and the benefits of each formula:
If you want to *really* take advantage of retinol's benefits, we highly suggest that you try in its most potent form: Through serums! These products possess a concentrated content of retinol so you're sure that your skin is getting the most out of retinol's ~powers~. That said, we rounded up the best ones we could find! Check out our list below:
(Ed's note: Retinol is best used at night as it makes the skin sensitive to sunlight. If you have any retinol-infused product in your p.m. regimen, remember to always wear sunscreen in the morning to prevent irritation and redness.)
Best Serums with Retinol
Luxe Organix Age Reverse Serum Vitamin A 2.5%
This affordable find has retinol, hydrolyzed collagen, and hyaluronic—all excellent ingredients that can help fight signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. The Luxe Organix Age Reverse Serum promises to improve skin elasticity and firmness, too.
Luxe Organix Age Reverse Serum Vitamin A 2.5% 30ml, P499, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
The Ordinary Retinol in Squalane and Granactive Retinoid Range
Any retinol serum from The Ordinary is always sold out here in the Philippines. It's the affordable price tag and the positive reviews on the internet drive everyone to panic-buy a bottle (or bottles) whenever they become available again. Granactive Retinoid is suitable for people with sensitive skin, but you still have to use it with caution. Gradually introduce this to your p.m. routine to see any adverse reactions.Continue reading below ↓
The Ordinary Retinol in Squalane (in different concentrations), Granactive Retinoid Emulsion (in different concentrations), BeautyMNL (Currently sold out)
Pixi Collagen and Retinol Serum
Here's another contender that harnesses the power of retinol and collagen. The Pixi Collagen and Retinol Serum also contains skin vitamins that help preserves the complexion's youthful glow and prevents fine lines and sagging. It also revives dull, sleep-deprived skin!
Pixi Collagen and Retinol Serum, P1,390, GlamourboxContinue reading below ↓
Celeteque Dermoscience Advanced Anti-Aging Age Spot Erasing Serum with Retinol
This facial serum contains nourishing ingredients that will keep the skin supple and healthy. The Celeteque Dermoscience Advanced Anti-Aging Age Spot Erasing Serum with Retinol also has artemisia capillaris extract, rosehip seed oil, and vitamin E—this powerful mix can help slow down the signs of aging.
Celeteque Dermoscience Advanced Anti-Aging Age Spot Erasing Serum with Retinol, P899, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Retinol 6X Super Retinol Serum, P1,725, Beauty BarContinue reading below ↓
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Serum
This retinol serum from Olay promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 28 days—that's less than a month! Besides retinol, it also has niacinamide which helps fade dark spots and acne scars. Overall, this serum boosts the skin's renewal process. With regular use, you'll have a smoother, glowing complexion.
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Serum Fragrance-Free 30 ml, P1,999, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
Selfless by Hyram Retinol And Rainbow Algae Night Repair Serum
This potent formula approved by skincare specialist Hyram contains gentle, slow-release Retinol and nutrient-rich Rainbow Algae that helps fade acne marks and hyperpigmentation. Plus, it also has squalane to keep the skin soft and supple.
Selfless by Hyram Retinol And Rainbow Algae Night Repair Serum, P1,755, SephoraContinue reading below ↓
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
If you're looking to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles in two weeks, then turn to the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum. It's made with preventative and corrective retinol that's suitable for all ages and even for sensitive skin types.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, P5,050, Rustan'sContinue reading below ↓
Perricone M.D. High Potency Classics Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Serum
Okay, we know the price tag is crazy expensive, but the results that this serum promises make the purchase worth it! It uses Encapsulated Retinol technology that helps improve skin texture (lines, wrinkles, and scars) and even out discoloration. You'll score a bouncy, smooth complexion when you use this every night.
Perricone M.D. High Potency Classics Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Serum, P5,240, Rustan'sContinue reading below ↓
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