7 OTC Retinol Products That Deserve a Spot in Your Anti-Aging Routine

October 27, 2021
Margaret Fisher
By: Margaret Fisher | skincare.com by L'Oréal
7 OTC Retinol Products That Deserve a Spot in Your Anti-Aging Routine

Retinol is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and  can be found in both prescription and over-the-counter formulas. Consult with your dermatologist to see what’s right for you. If the latter category is the winner, keep reading.   Ahead, we rounded up seven of our favorite OTC retinol products that don’t compromise efficacy for accessibility. 

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Pressed Night Moisturizer with Retinol

While retinol does wonders when it comes to smoothing out uneven skin texture, it’s also known to be a bit drying on the skin. This is where this pressed night moisturizer from L’Oréal Paris comes in. It contains niacinamide and a soothing complex and will leave your skin silky and supple.

Garnier Green Labs Retinol-Berry Super Smoothing Night Serum Cream

This three-in-one serum cream formula acts as a retinol serum, a night cream and an eye cream. It also contains a super berry-blend and is designed to help address under-eye dark circles, fine lines and crow's feet.

Kiehl’s Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide

Ceramides and peptides and retinol, oh my! This super potent formula is designed to keep wrinkles at bay (even deep ones) and helps revive elasticity in the skin. It also helps minimize the appearance of large pores.

SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5

For a cult-favorite retinol skincare pick, try this option with 0.5% pure retinol to help diminish wrinkles, lines and discoloration. The formula also works to refine the appearance of large pores and minimize blemishes for problematic skin types.


La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Pure Retinol Serum

This serum contains gradual release retinol that helps enhance efficacy and tolerability.  With thermal spring water and niacinamide, the formula also helps soothe and hydrate skin. 


Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum

Infused with retinol and hyaluronic acid, this formula is suitable for all skin types. It helps restore the skin overnight and also contains coQ10 for increased firmness and buoyancy.




Fig.1 Beauty Retinol Renewal Cream No.1

Even out your skin tone and texture with this retinol formula from Fig.1. It’s made for beginner retinol users and has a creamy, lightweight texture. Use this at night and your skin will feel like velvet by morning.

Photo Credit: Saq Idrees

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