If you’re trying to maintain youthful-looking skin, retinol is almost unequivocally a good idea for many people. The vitamin A derivative treats myriad skincare qualms, including fine lines, unevenness, and age-related pigmentation issues. But for some of us, the ingredient comes with a catch: irritated, peeling, pink, or oversensitized skin. If you can relate, consider trying a retinol oil. Lipid-based retinol products deliver all the benefits of the anti-ager while counteracting the chance of angry, red skin. Below, six formulas that prove the anti-aging hero ingredient doesn’t have to come with a side of irritation.
[Editor's note: Retinol shouldn't be used by those who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before use.]The Shiffa® Rose Maroc™ Night Elixir ($175) is as luxurious as it sounds. The formula calms skin (and perhaps an overactive mind) with soothing rose, chamomile, and black cumin seed oils. Meanwhile, a blend of vitamin A derivatives work to firm and smooth skin while you sleep.StriVectin® S.T.A.R LightTM Retinol Night Oil ($99) delivers a healthy dose of retinol balanced with one of nature’s most revered hydrators, squalane. Plus, the formula absorbs more quickly than most oils, making it ideal for those who are grease-averse.The Instytutum® Powerful Retin Oil ($110) delivers more than just a clever pun. In addition to retinol, the formula contains skin-soothing algae and collagen-supporting stem cells, which promote bouncier, firmer-looking skin.The Tata Harper™ Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil ($48 for 0.33mL) is 100 percent natural, but the formula packs a punch nevertheless. Rosehip-derived retinoic acid works to refine pores, while calendula maintains the calming balance.Hot off the tails of Neutrogena’s® popular Rapid Wrinkle Repair® line, the new Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil ($24) proves that you don’t need to shell out the big bucks for quality skincare. The formula contains the brand’s proprietary retinol blend, retinol SA, which claims to promote a slower, more sustained release of the ingredient.The first thing you’ll notice about the Sunday Riley® Luna™ Sleeping Night Oil ($105) is its striking sapphire hue (thanks to blue tansy, an ultra-calming ingredient). The second thing you’ll notice is a smoother, more refined-looking complexion. Not to mention, this bottle adds decorative flair to any shelf.Not only does the MARA® Algae Retinol Face Oil ($120) contain the ingredients listed in its title, but it also contains seaweed and CBD oil to soothe and rejuvenate skin while you sleep. A dash of evening primrose oil nourishes and counteracts any chance of retinol-induced dryness.
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