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There is no doubt that retinols can improve the appearance of the skin since they are highly active. They work by exfoliating, and the effect on the skin will depend on the form of the retinol (there are several types in the vitamin A family including retin A, retinyl palmitate and trans retinol), the concentration used and the tolerance of the user (they can be drying and irritating). Retinols also increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and so they are best used at night and rounded out with antioxidants that protect the skin. For me, the best way to use retinol is patiently, rather than grabbing the strongest dose from the derm’s office. The best options are gentler formulations that soothe, repair and boost collagen. My Five Best with retinol, have so much more to offer than vitamin A.
This post has been updated: Five Best with Retinol 2014
Arcona Vitamin A Complex Repair
BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Lift
Skinfinite Platinum PM Cream 1% Retinol
Prana Reverse A