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The 7 best retinol creams, according to shoppers

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Retinol is the latest beauty ingredient to sweep the skincare world and its skin regenerating abilities are what beauty fans love. Retinols are Vitamin A derivatives and contain properties that are known for smoothening lines and encouraging higher skin regenerating, which in turn, helps brighten and enhance skin texture.

People of all skin types can definitely benefit from using retinol if any or one of your beauty concerns includes reducing dark spots, decreasing the effects of sun exposure and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. I've recently turned to retinol cream because I was experiencing dull and uneven skin, having spent weeks under the harsh European sun rays. After just five days of using Kiehl's Retinol serum, I find that my complexion is brighter by two skin tones. Pretty amazing results!

If you're looking to include retinol in your daily skincare regime, we suggest you take your pick from some of the best retinol products in the market, as shared by shoppers who've already tried them.

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1. Kiehl's Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum

S$140 at Amazon

Kiehl's Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Kiehl's Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum. (PHOTO: Amazon)

This potent retinol serum works by releasing a daily-strength micro-dose that visibly reduces wrinkles, firms skin, evens skin tone, and smoothes texture with minimal discomfort. It is formulated to deliver a gentle, daily-strength dose of Pure Retinol with Ceramides and Peptide for visible anti-ageing results with minimal visible redness, dryness or peeling.

2. CeraVe Retinol Serum for Post-Acne Marks and Skin Texture

S$35.80 at Amazon

CeraVe Retinol Serum. (PHOTO: Amazon Singapore)
CeraVe Retinol Serum. (PHOTO: Amazon Singapore)

With Encapsulated Retinol, this serum helps skin look brighter, smoother, and more even-toned. Working hard as a pore-minimizing serum, CeraVe also helps refine skin’s texture over time and helps visibly reduce the appearance of post-acne marks. With over 25,000 reviews on Amazon, we think this serum is a fan's favourite. One reviewer shared this with a five-star rating: "It has cleared my skin and brightened it, my fine lines are less noticeable. It doesn’t have a strong scent and my skin is very sensitive and I’ve had no problems."

READ MORE: 'Wrinkles and lines are almost gone': Over 3,500 Amazon shoppers are aglow over this retinol cream

3. RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Wrinkle Night Serum

S$34.96 at Amazon

RoC Retinol. (PHOTO: Amazon)
RoC Retinol. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Whether you're looking for a solution for deep wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, crow's feet, uneven skin tone or dry skin, this affordable OTC brand has an anti-ageing formula that's right for you. This lightweight fluid drenches skin and dries to a silky finish. In a clinical study, 97% had smoother skin after one night. The skin was 63% more hydrated after one week & visibly firmer by 30% after four weeks.

4. The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

S$16 at Sephora

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane. (PHOTO: Sephora)
The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane. (PHOTO: Sephora)

The Ordinary's serum contains a water-free retinol solution that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, photo damage and general skin ageing. One happy user shared her review: "I purchased it by recommendation of a dermatologist and my skin is so amazingly smooth and soft after using it."

5. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Moisturizer Cream

S$25.90 at Amazon

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Moisturizer Cream. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Night Moisturizer Cream. (PHOTO: Amazon)

This anti-wrinkle retinol formula features Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen for daily UVA and UVB protection from the sun's harmful rays and is free from parabens, mineral oil and dyes. With just one week of use, clinical trial users found that the formula reduced the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

6. Tree of Life Vitamin C Serum, Retinol Serum

S$22.33 S$38.90 at Amazon

Tree of Life Vitamin C Serum, Retinol Serum. (PHOTO: Amazon)
Tree of Life Vitamin C Serum, Retinol Serum. (PHOTO: Amazon)

Double the goodness for your skin! Use Tree of Life's Vitamin C Serum in the morning to visibly brighten, reduce dark spots, and even the skin tone. Reach for the Retinol Serum in the evening to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fade age spots, and smoothen the skin. Customers love this brand for its non-sticky Vitamin C formula and non-harsh Retinol properties on their skin.

7. InstaNatural, Retinol Serum

S$23.39 at Iherb

 InstaNatural, Retinol Serum. (PHOTO: iHerb)
InstaNatural, Retinol Serum. (PHOTO: iHerb)

InstaNatural's Retinol Serum contains a carefully formulated blend of ingredients to address the most common concerns of ageing. Retinol boosts the skin's natural renewal process, visibly reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discolouration, while Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide defend and nourish to add radiance, hydration and firmness to the skin. Shoppers raved about how it makes their skin smoother and its formula for being gentle on the skin.

READ MORE: 'Wrinkles and lines are almost gone': Over 3,500 Amazon shoppers are aglow over this retinol cream

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