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The miracle ingredient
Retinol packs a serious age-erasing punchand the latest formulas deliver more benefits with less risk of irritation. Here are five cutting-edge products that really deliver. Take that, wrinkles!
For sensitive types
Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair and Buffer Cream ($85; ulta.com)
This system consists of a high-dose retinol cream and a soothing aloe vera lotion. Apply together, or alternate every other night.
For the multitasker
Skincare L de L Cosmetics Retinol Anti-Aging Cleanser ($14; amazon.com)
Tiny treatment-filled beads burst on contact to soften and retexturize as the frothy cleanser whisks away makeup, dirt and oil. A skin win!
For the skin-care loyalist
Paula's Choice Resist 1% Retinol Booster ($50; amazon.com)
Love your night cream but want the line-erasing benefits of retinol, too? Add a few drops of this potent (yet gentle!) potion to your moisturizer, then rub in.
For the pore-obsessed
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner ($99; ulta.com)
This lightweight lotion uses retinol along with a cocktail of skin-tightening ingredients to instantly minimize the look of pores.
For the super dry
Ever Overnight Facial Cellular Renewal Oil ($88; everskin.com)
A hyper-hydrating retinol: found! Botanical oils and fatty acids make for a nourishing fix that gets you smooth and glowing by the time you hit snooze.