We’ve heard time and time again that retinol is one of the best ingredients when it comes to skincare. I don’t know about you but to this day, I still don’t even know what it is… I took it upon myself to do massive research on retinol and all of the hype surrounded by it.

In a statement to Refinery29, Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon, Melanie Palm said, “Patients with sun-related aging changes, fine lines, textural changes to the skin, sun freckles, and melasma all benefit from use of a retinol or [prescription-based] retinoid.” She added, “Patients that are acne-prone may also note an improvement in their breakouts [after using a retinol or retinoid].”

Lucky for you, I’ve got all the details on it. I’m even sharing a few retinol serums that are loved by many in the world of skincare. Check out all the details I found on the popular, hero ingredient below.

The benefits of retinol

  • Prevents wrinkles and diminishes the appearance of them
  • Brightens up the skin
  • Regulates oily skin
  • Minimizes breakouts from happening
  • Fades the appearance of dark spots as well as hyperpigmentation

photo obtained from Ulta Beauty

The Ordinary Retinol 1% In Squalane, $5.80

This retinol from The Ordinary is not only hydrating to the skin but it’s also plant-derived. For those of you wanting to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture – this was made for you.

photo obtained from Ulta Beauty

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, $85

This retinol serum is packed full of great ingredients including algae, white honey, cactus extract, and even ginger. The list of ingredients itself sold me, and with all of the reviews posted on this bad boy on Ulta’s official website, I’m more than certain this one is a winner.

photo obtained from Ulta Beauty

CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Cream Serum, $18.49

This hydrating serum was made without a fragrance and recommended for all you beauts out there with sensitive skin. It’s also from the popular drugstore brand, CeraVe – meaning it’s a high-quality product for an affordable price. You just can’t go wrong with that.

photo obtained from Ulta Beauty

First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate, $58

Another great product for those of you with sensitive skin is this serum from First Aid Beauty. It contains another great skincare goodie ingredient such as hyaluronic acid. In addition, it is formulated with vitamin C and E, aloe, allantoin – all great ingredients for soothing and calming the skin.