Today we’re here to talk about an age-old problem… literally!
We’re talking about aging skin: whether you’re dealing with stretch marks, dark spots, or sagging skin, NOBODY wants it and we’re all trying to figure out how to get rid of it. Well you may be in luck!
Retinol creams have recently been the big solution to help diminish the sight of all of these issues. But of course, there are dozens of products to choose from and it’s hard to know which will work and which will make things worse.
And of course, we’re all wondering, does retinol actually work? The short answer: it depends. But for the most part, yes! Retinol is proven to help revitalize skin and help diminish the sight of wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and more. Of course, it’s not going to reverse the signs of aging by 25 years, but with continual use, you’ll notice your skin looking fresher and brighter.
Rinse & Dry
Make sure your body is clean, dry, and free of any makeup, lotions, or beauty products that can prohibit the best results.
Apply to the problem areas including stretch marks, wrinkles, dark spots, and textured skin.
For best results, it’s wise to apply at night and let the retinol do its magic while you sleep.
You only need to apply retinol twice weekly for results. If you have sensitive skin, you can apply slightly less.
How to Decide...
The real question is which retinol product is right for you. From creams to balms, there are dozens of products that offer solutions, but only a handful that deliver. We teamed up with doctors and researchers to help build a comprehensive list of the best retinol products on the market today. Now’s your chance to find the right retinol that can truly deliver.
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1. THE GLOW FAIRY RETINOL BODY GLOW WAND
This is by far our favorite choice when it comes to products specifically for removing stretch marks, dark spots, and sagging skin. The Glow Fairy’s Retinol Body Glow Wand is a highly-condensed retinol balm that you easily apply to any area of concern on your body. The Body Glow Wand comes packed with retinol along with a handful of effective ingredients (including squalane, vitamin E, and lanolin) to help boost your skin’s moisture and collagen production and help lessen the appearance of stretch marks, wrinkles, and dark spots while giving your skin a smoother and softer feel. Not only that, it was the only product on our list to offer a special 50% off discount code SECRET50, which made it one of the most affordable. So cool! The balm is easy to apply with just a few swipes needed every night on the areas of skin that need your help. Highly recommended!
1. THE GLOW FAIRY RETINOL BODY GLOW WAND Pros
The most affordable deal of all ten products
Effective and fast results.
Cruelty free and suitable for vegans
Special antioxidant ingredients that no other brand offers.
Only need to apply once every other day
Highly rated, a lot of positive reviews.
Money back manufacturer’s guarantee
1. THE GLOW FAIRY RETINOL BODY GLOW WAND Cons
Very affordable, but would love a bulk size!
50% off discount code SECRET50 is for a limited time.
2. MEDIX RETINOL CREAM WITH FERULIC ACID ANTI-SAGGING TREATMENT
For extra dry and aging skin, Medix is a great solution. It offers a strong mix of retinol and ferulic acid to help sagging skin regain its moisture and elasticity. For extra support it is infused with Black Tea, Aloe Vera, and Chamomile. What stopped us from putting this product on the top was its scent! Unlike Glow Fairy and other retinol creams which either are scentless or have a small hint of scent, Medix gives off a STRONG perfume scent that resembles the smell of an old woman’s purse. LOL. It was too much for our sensitive noses, especially if you’re applying at night. But hey! Maybe a strong smell is for you!
2. MEDIX RETINOL CREAM WITH FERULIC ACID ANTI-SAGGING TREATMENT Pros
2. MEDIX RETINOL CREAM WITH FERULIC ACID ANTI-SAGGING TREATMENT Cons
Fragrance is very strong
Body feel is thin, somewhat liquidy
3. NATUREWELL RETINOL ADVANCED MOISTURE CREAM
One thing many customers are worried about with retinol is how it can make your skin red and sensitive for a time, especially when you first start using it. Naturewell uses a micro-encapsulated retinol which helps with distribution of the retinol plus improved efficacy. We found this to be true, with some of our researchers noticing less redness after the first few uses. We’d like this cream more if it had some added antioxidants to help really battle aging, but it’s still a great choice.
3. NATUREWELL RETINOL ADVANCED MOISTURE CREAM Pros
3. NATUREWELL RETINOL ADVANCED MOISTURE CREAM Cons
No added antioxidants for extra protection.
Contains mineral oil.
Uses a synthetic fragrance.
4. PH FACTOR 5.5 RETINOL CREAM
This is a great recommendation for anyone who’s using retinol to try and battle dark spots. PH Factor has added Ferulic Acid, which is a powerful antioxidant that targets sun damaged skin. So the nice one-two punch of both retinol and ferulic acid can really help keep your skin tone nice and even. While affordable, is does come at a price. A lot of reviews mention the bottle is made quite cheap and hard to use. The fragrance is also quite strong, which often means lower quality ingredients.
4. PH FACTOR 5.5 RETINOL CREAM Pros
No mineral oil.
4. PH FACTOR 5.5 RETINOL CREAM Cons
Hard to squeeze lotion out due to bottle.
Low quality fragrance.
5. PAULA'S CHOICE RETINOL SKIN-SMOOTHING BODY TREATMENT
Paula’s Choice comes packed with retinol along with vitamin C and E for a great revitalizing solution to dry, aging skin, stretch marks, and dark spots. We’ve always been a big fan of Paula’s Choice products and are happy to test every single one of their products on our skin. The only issue we have is the price. Now it may not look that expensive at first, about $30, but that’s for a 4 oz bottle - and you’re using this for your ENTIRE BODY. If it was just a face lotion, you could stretch that out. But when you’re thinking of trying to keep your entire body’s skin tight and ageless, 4 ounces won’t be doing you any favors! Look for a product that can last you a long time!
5. PAULA'S CHOICE RETINOL SKIN-SMOOTHING BODY TREATMENT Pros
Additional ingredients for extra support.
5. PAULA'S CHOICE RETINOL SKIN-SMOOTHING BODY TREATMENT Cons
6. REPLENIX ALL-TRANS-RETINOL SMOOTHING BODY LOTION
We really liked Replenix for it’s strong formula that includes hyaluronic acid and an antioxidant compound to help battle wrinkles, fine lines, and aging. In terms of ingredients, it provides a lot of top quality choices, and leaves out any parabens and mineral oil. The skin-feel is good, too. Unfortunately, we found it quite expensive for the amount of product you receive. There’s plenty of other lotions and balms on this list that have just as good results without breaking the bank.
6. REPLENIX ALL-TRANS-RETINOL SMOOTHING BODY LOTION Pros
No mineral oil.
Top quality ingredients.
6. REPLENIX ALL-TRANS-RETINOL SMOOTHING BODY LOTION Cons
On the more expensive side.
Often out of stock.
7. COSMEDIX A-LIFT OVERNIGHT VITAMIN A BODY TREATMENT
Cosmedix makes an excellent overnight solution of retinol cream infused with vitamin A to help trap moisture and boost collagen. It’s a great product, but best for overnight because the lotion is rather thick and shouldn’t be used with other products. Its effectiveness isn’t as high as some of the other products because we didn’t see a lot of results with stretch marks, though it did make our skin feel especially healthy. The price point is a bit of an issue. At $90 a bottle, you may break the bank trying to regain some youth, which we don’t recommend.
7. COSMEDIX A-LIFT OVERNIGHT VITAMIN A BODY TREATMENT Pros
Effective results for healthier skin.
7. COSMEDIX A-LIFT OVERNIGHT VITAMIN A BODY TREATMENT Cons
Results varied for wrinkles and stretch marks
Best only for overnight
Lotion very thick.
8. CHANTECAILLE RETINOL BODY TREATMENT
If you’re looking to splurge, Chantecaille Retinol Body Treatment is worth the try. It’s filled with restorative retinol along with saccharide isomerate which is a magnet for moisture to help revitalize dry skin. While we found this product to be effective and safe, the price was quite a blow. For something you should be trying to use everyday to every other day, you’ll be spending a lot of a youthful look (especially when there are more affordable products with similar results out there). Like we said, if you’re looking to splurge, check this one out!
8. CHANTECAILLE RETINOL BODY TREATMENT Pros
8. CHANTECAILLE RETINOL BODY TREATMENT Cons
Customer reviews aren’t amazing.