If you’re on a quest for the best anti-aging skincare, then chances are you might have heard of retinol. Before you hop on the retinol train, there’s a few things you should know. 

What does Retinol do for your skin?

First of all, retinol is a type of vitamin A derivative that can exfoliate the skin and stimulate collagen production. It’s the only anti-aging ingredient that’s scientifically proven to work, hence why it’s placed in a high pedestal in the skincare realm. 

Moreover, retinol has also been effective in fighting against dull skin, acne and scars due to its brightening abilities. 

Can Retinol harm your skin?

Although highly effective in minimizing fine lines, retinol can be drying and damaging for those with skin sensitivity. Therefore, it’s important to look for gentler formulas or better yet, consult with your dermatologist before diving into retinols. 

If you’re ready to incorporate this powerhouse anti-aging  treatment into your arsenal, check out our list of recommended skincare products that’s packed with retinol to promote young, beautiful skin.

1. FIRST AID BEAUTY Skin Lab Retinol Serum .25% Pure Concentrate 30ml

Best retinol serum - suitable for sensitive skin

Price from RM262.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM262.00

Thanks to FAB’s Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate, your skin can reap the benefits of retinol even if it’s prone to sensitivity or irritation. 

The gentle and soothing serum is formulated with a low dose of retinol and advanced peptides to fight aging and rebuild your skin’s barrier. It also contains soothing ingredients such as allantoin, hyaluronic acid and colloidal oatmeal to protect your skin against dryness and irritation.

2. Pixi Retinol Tonic

Best retinol toner - great for beginners

Price from RM65.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM65.00

If you’ve never used retinol before, it’s not recommended to jump straight into a strong retinol cream. Instead, let your skin slowly build tolerance to the potent ingredient with the Pixi Retinol Toner. 

Formulated with jasmine flower, evening primrose extract, glycerin and retinol, this gentle toner hydrates your skin while fighting dull skin and fine lines at the same time. With a low dosage of retinol, this is the perfect entry level retinol for beginners.

3. Hada Labo Retinol Firming Essence

Best retinol essence - good product from the drugstore

Price from RM90.00

shopping_cart Watsons Malaysia RM90.00

The drugstore is a mine filled with great loot, or in this case, the Hada Labo Retinol Firming Essence. It contains retinol, hydrolyzed collagen and 4 types of hyaluronic acid to hydrate dry skin as well as to plump up saggy skin and deep lines for a more youthful complexion.

4. Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C + Overnight Booster with Pure Vitamin A

Best retinol booster - great for acne scars

Price from RM180.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM180.00

Looking to amp up your plain moisturiser? The Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster kit comes with two vials of booster serums, whereby one has vitamin C for day time and pure vitamin A (retinol) for night time. Both boosters work hand in hand to brighten your skin, fight free radicals and minimise fine lines.

5. Belif The True Decoction Line Rescue Spot Care

Best retinol eye cream - popular Korean product

Price from RM125.00

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM125.00

Although the formation of laugh lines is inevitable, but with the right product, you can greatly minimise the appearance of the lines around your eyes and mouth. One such product is Belif’s The True Decoction line Rescue Spot Care. The retinol-based cream can be used as an eye cream or a spot treatment for fine lines.

6. Skin Doctors Potent Vit. A Ampoules

Best retinol ampoule - suitable for hyperpigmentation

Price from RM159.00

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM159.00

Longing for a bright and even skin tone? With Skin Doctors Potent Vit. A Ampoules, hyperpigmentation is a thing of the past. 

Each capsule contains 0.15% of pure retinol, cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone crosspolymer that work together to recondition and revitalise the skin. It works by promoting the skin’s collagen production and skin cell renewal system to reveal smooth, bright and firm skin.

7. Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

Best retinol face cream - suitable for deep wrinkles

Price from RM323.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM323.00

With Drunk Elephant’s A-Passioni Retinol Cream, it’s possible to reverse signs of aging. The potent cream contains 1% of vegan retinol and vitamin F to eliminate deep wrinkles, saggy skin, hyperpigmentation and scars. It’s also packed with hydrators and antioxidants to revitalize and nourish your skin.

8. Kate Somerville EradiKate Overnight Lotion

Best retinol lotion for acne

Price from RM271.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM271.00

The Kate Somerville EradiKate Overnight Lotion combines the best of both worlds; salicylic acid and retinol to bring you this powerful anti-acne and anti-aging concoction. This nighttime lotion is able to penetrate your pores and exfoliate clogged pores to get rid of excess sebum and dirt. And the results? Clearer, younger and brighter skin!

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