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Celebrities swear by it, dermatologists love it and the online skincare community can’t stop talking about it; retinol is every skincare junkie’s best-kept beauty secret. This ingredient remains as the indisputable number one ingredient that can preserve your skin’s youthfulness and clarity. 

The skincare powerhouse works by stimulating skin cell renewal and collagen production to leave your skin brighter, firmer and clearer. Before you jump right into retinol, here are a few things you should know. 

Should I use a moisturiser with retinol?

If you’re in your late-20s to mid-30s looking to prevent aging, a retinol-based moisturizer can do just the trick. Its impressive exfoliating and anti-aging properties have been studied and proven to work against wrinkles, fine lines and also acne. 

As retinol is a strong ingredient, it can be harsh and irritating to those with sensitive skin. Hence why if you have rosacea, eczema or any other type of skin sensitivities, please consult your dermatologist first before trying retinol. 

Should you use retinol with moisturiser

Which retinol strength should I use?

Topical retinols are available in different strengths. Beginners should start with low-strength retinol that has a concentration of 0.01% which can help fight signs of aging and refine your skin texture. 

Dealing with stubborn age spots, uneven skin tone, deep wrinkles or saggy skin? Moderate-strength retinol with a concentration of 0.04% to 0.1% could help restore your skin. For seasoned veterans, high-strength retinol with a concentration of 0.5% to 1.0% can give quick and dramatic results, such as fading deep wrinkles, firm up saggy skin and restore the skin’s overall youthfulness.

1. ORIGINS Plantscription Retinol Night Moisturizer with Alpine Flower

Best overall night moisturizer with retinol

Price from RM110.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM110.00

Wake up to beautiful, young skin when you use this Origins Plantscription Retinol Night Moisturizer with Alpine Flower. This overnight cream uses high-grade Retinol combined with Alpine flower and Anogeissus helps to fight off wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation while packing your skin with hydration.

2. The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

Best value/budget moisturizer with 0.5% retinol

Price from RM50.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM50.00

On a budget? Fret not! The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.5% in Squalane will work as good as its expensive counterparts, we promise. This highly stable, pure 0.5% retinol is suspended in hydrating oils like squalane and jojoba oil. As such, the moisturizer is less drying and irritating than typical retinol creams without compromising on its anti-aging effects.

3. Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

Best moisturizer with high retinol - contains 1% retinol

Price from RM105.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM105.00

Looking to amp up your retinol game? The Drunk Elephant’s A-Passioni Retinol Cream comes with a whopping 1% vegan retinol to give you dramatic anti-aging results. It’s also formulated with a blend of skin superfoods and peptides like passionfruit, apricot, kale marula and jojoba oils. With this cream, it nourishes your skin with essential nutrients and moisture.

4. Kate Somerville Retinol & Vitamin C Moisturizer

Best high street moisturizer with retinol - also has vitamin C

Price from RM389.00

shopping_cart Sephora Malaysia RM389.00

If you’re dealing with stubborn sun spots, acne scars or uneven skin tone, the Kate Somerville’s Retinol & Vitamin C Moisturizer is exactly what you need. The night cream combines two of the strongest anti-aging and brightening ingredients - retinol and vitamin C. Being able to boost your skin’s radiance and firmness overnight, say bye-bye dull skin! 

5. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Cream SPF 25

Best SPF moisturizer with retinol - has UVA protection

Price from RM272.00

shopping_cart Zalora Malaysia RM272.00

Retinol can cause skin photosensitivity, but with Philosophy’s Ultimate Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Cream, you can use retinol during the day too. It’s made with bi-retinol and active plant cells to encourage skin cell regeneration and collagen production. The cream also provides protection against UVA, UVB, infrared and visible light as well as SPF 25.

6. CeraVe Skin Renewing Cream Serum

Best moisturizer with retinol and peptides

Price from RM118.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM118.00

Has your skin lost its suppleness and bounce? What you need is CeraVe’s Skin Renewing Cream Serum to reverse aging, which can act as both a serum and moisturizer. It contains encapsulated retinol and 3 types of essential ceramides to provide your skin with the building blocks it requires to renew itself.

7. RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Anti-Aging Creme

Best face moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and retinol

Price from RM200.83

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If you have dry, aging skin, RoC’s Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Anti-Aging Creme is what you’ll need to fight against dryness, wrinkles and fine lines. Formulated with retinol and hyaluronic acid, this powerful cream is designed to hydrate, nourish and rejuvenate dull and saggy skin. Hello glowing skin!

8. Vaseline Healthy White Body Lotion Perfect 10

Best body moisturizer with retinol

Price from RM88.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM88.00

Take your post-shower body care routine to the next level with Vaseline’s Healthy White Body Lotion Perfect 10. Formulated with pro-retinol, alpha hydroxyl acid, vitamin B3 and antioxidants, this firming body moisturizer can hydrate dry skin, brighten dull or uneven skin. It can also reduce sun spots and give your body that lit-from-within glow.

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