Whether you’re a beauty addict or not, retinol is a product you should look into. When you just jump into skincare and you are exploring the different options you have, retinal is one of the most common products that you will come across. There are many opinions from dermatologist about when to get started off with retinal. The leading dermats, recommend that any time after the age of 18 or 20, you can get started.

For me when I started to get on the other side of my 20s, I saw a significant change in my skin and decided to get started with a skincare routine. Retinol is an anti-aging solution that prevents damages on skin, wrinkles as well as brightens up your skin. So if you’re already get a point when you have decided to get started with it, and not decided on which one, this blog post is going to shortlist the best of best. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and some of them need to be prescribed. To keep it simple there are four types: mild retinyl, medium retinol, stronger retinaldehyde and strongest adapalene. The best part about using retinol’s are how significantly it improves the quality of your skin.

So, if you are curious about using it, you usually should start off using serums and moisturizers that contain a certain percentage of retinol. Bear in mind that when you start using retinol products, you can commonly experience some sort of redness in your skin, do not worry about it. So make sure to start off with small amounts, and even try out a patch test on your skin. When it comes to the frequency, try to stick to once a week and then increase as and when you see your skin is reacting to the retinol.


Medik8 is one of the best, especially for beginners and is a strong serum. It contains retoinic acid which helps it work much faster than other creams in the market. It has a great balance of Vitamic E, along with a great calming formula for your skin to avoid any irritation.

Credit: LOOKFANTASTIC Medik8 Crystal Retinal 1 Serum 30ml


This is a really great serum, that is lightweight and has a ton of vitamin B. this formula does not have huge dose of retinal and hence I would really recommend this one for people who have sensitive skin. The serum creates great balance that prevents any sort of skin irritation.

La Roche-Posay Retinol 0.3% + Vitamin B3 Serum 30ml
Credit: Feel Unique La Roche Posay


Super retinol by beauty pie, is a really great serum that is milky in texture and contains 3% content of right now. This is a great product that you can start off with gradually, being gentle and yet bringing about results. You’re less likely to experience redness or problems with skin irritation when it comes to this serum.

Credit: BEAUTYPIE Super Retinol


This is really great serum, that you can use for a multipurpose effect. The serum is affordable, and has really clear instructions of usage. Again, this is not a very powerful serum that creates redness or any skin irritation. I called is a wonderful multipurpose serum.

Credit: Dr.Sam Flawless Nightly Serum


This cream is thick and delivers great results without causing any bad side-effects of the usual retinal products. It has a very soothing formula that contains green tea, shea butter and much more. It has a ton of reviews on Amazon and, you have users being very impressed with the results that this product delivers

Credit: Amazon lilyana naturals cream


Drunk elephant is a popular brand, and they produce plenty of amazing products and this serum is no exception. This is a vegan retinol which combines a mixture of ingredients such as apricot, passionfruit and Jojoba oils, it creates a soothing formula!

Credit: Amazon Drunk Elephant Retinol Cream


Retinol is an extremely delicate product and causes significant differences in peoples skin. It is important to choose the right one, and this one is designed for sensitive results and is a stable product with capsules that are sealed and you need to open one at a time to use it

Credit: AMAZON Elizabeth Arden Retinol Capsule

Those were my top seven retinol recommendations, and I hope that you get started with them as soon as possible. If you do not find them on these specified links, then make sure to do simple Google search and look for them in the country that you live in. If you need alternatives to a retinol cream, comment on the section below and I will suggest some more.

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