Words: Heather Spencer 

It’s the game changing hero ingredient which has transformed the beauty industry since being approved for over-the-counter consumption, having made its way into an abundance of skincare formula’s due to its clinically proven ability to reverse and prevent signs of aging. Here are the top Retinol power players we love:

Roc Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream 15ml, £24.99, www.superdrug.com

Potent enough to give results, but gentle enough for the delicate eye area. Brighten, depuff and reduce fine lines by eyes by up to 50%. This hard working formula is powered by pure Retinol and an exclusive mineral complex.

Chantecaille Retinol Intense + , £110, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

Chantecaille’s reformulated their original Retinol Intense, which now includes twice the amount of Retinol to promote optimal anti-aging results. The lightweight night cream is also infused with Niacinamide, as well as Soybean Extract to boost retinol’s efficacy

Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, £55, www.paulaschoice.co.uk

Designed to improve skin tone and texture, fade brown spots and soften lines and wrinkles, it’s advised to gradually build up the usage of this powerful 1% Retinol formula into your night time routine.

Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum, 30ml, £44, www.johnlewis.com

Formulated to deliver a precise daily-strength dose of pure Retinol, this award-winning Serum packs a punch, with added Peptides and Ceramides which work in harmony to generate cellular turnover while strengthening the skin. Barrier function.

Evolve Beauty Bio-Retinol Gold Mask, £26, www.feelunique.com

This organic face mask contains a Bio-Retinol called Bidens Pilosa, which delivers the same skin rejuvenating benefits of Retinol without any irritation, while the delectable shimmering gold formula sourced from Mica leaves behind an envy inducing glow.

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum, £55, www.lookfantastic.com

Featuring the latest anti-aging hero ingredient Bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to Retinol; this powerful, lightweight formula also includes the refining and rejuvenating goodness of Niacinamide. Expect ultimate line diminishing, skin smoothing results.

Glossier Universal Pro-Retinol Nightly Renewing Complex, £30, www.glossier.com

This innovative formula contains a hybrid of pure Retinol and Sunflower Seed Fatty Acids, which cleverly infuse skin with all the benefits you expect from a high strength Retinol, without any unwanted side effects.

111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil, £150, www.spacenk.com

Expertly formulated to improve the efficacy of the pure 1% retinol, thanks to its suspension in a stimulating blend of 8 natural oils, this transformative treatment is a luxurious high-strength anti-aging solution.

Strivectin Nia114 Advanced Retinol Nightly Renewal Moisturizer, £69, www.feelunique.com

Dubbed as ‘the new ear of Retinol’ this advanced night cream treats signs of aging with Retinol and Retinal (a more potent form of Retinol), while the brands very own patented form of Niacin actively strengthens the skin barrier.