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The Best Retinol Creams and Moisturizers

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
The Best Retinol Creams and Moisturizers

Any skin care routine is better with retinol

When you’ve been staying inside for most of 2020, you start to pick up new hobbies. Maybe it’s puzzles, baking, binge-watching TV shows… or our personal favorite, collecting retinol creams and moisturizers. Seriously, it’s never been a better time to incorporate this skin care ingredient into your routine.

While retinol is known for its anti-aging and wrinkle-fighting abilities, as it signals your body to increase collagen production and natural turnover rate of cells, you also need to take it slow. Too much retinol, too quickly can result in irritation, dryness, or flakiness… especially in those with sensitive skin. It can also make skin a bit more sensitive to the sun, which brings us to our next point - what better time to try retinol than when you’re inside all day?

You can experiment with different retinol creams and moisturizers that hydrate and smooth your complexion while getting a head start on your anti-aging routine, and discover the power of retinol as you say goodbye to fine lines, acne, dark spots, and more. Start slow with this anti-aging powerhouse with these retinol moisturizers:

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross, $75

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer by Dr. Dennis Gross
Source: Dr. Dennis Gross

“It is light and easily absorbed by my skin, but my skin feels softer as soon as I put it on. The retinol has also helped my skin look tighter, and the overall tone of my skin has improved.” As evidenced by this MIRA review, the power of retinol isn’t just limited to reducing wrinkles… it can also make your skin more firm and fresh! The main ingredients in this retinol cream are an anti-aging dream - with Ferulic Acid to provide antioxidant protection against sun damage and boost the effects of other vitamins, and ECG Complex™ (Ellagic Acid, Collagen, and Gallic Acid) to reduce dark spots and wrinkles while protecting against harmful free radicals. People of all ages and skin types can benefit from this retinol moisturizer, but it’s especially good for mature skin - with 93% of MIRA guests with this skin type who approve of the Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer and say it has incredible anti-aging properties.

Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Cream + Hyaluronic Acid by Neutrogena, $30

Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Cream + Hyaluronic Acid by Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena

You know you can really trust your retinol moisturizer when it’s packed with one of the most hydrating and harmless skin care ingredients ever: Hyaluronic Acid. Rapid Wrinkle Repair contains Accelerated Retinol SA to smooth out the deepest fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet around the eyes, and instantly brighten up your skin tone. Among all the other beautiful things that retinol can do to your face. And you don’t have to worry about irritation or lack of moisture, either - as you’ll also receive a boost of Hyaluronic Acid to plump and hydrate the skin. HA and retinol work together to form a high-quality cream for your most smooth and youthful complexion, which our community says is brightening, anti-aging, and evens out tone. Neutrogena claims that this retinol cream delivers results in as little as a week, and we expect nothing but the best from this iconic drugstore brand.

Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme Fragrance Free by ROC Skincare, $27

Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme Fragrance Free by ROC Skincare
Source: ROC Skincare

24 hours of hydration, a reduction in wrinkles after just 4 weeks, and 98% of MIRA guests with mature skin who can’t get enough of this retinol cream? Just a few reasons why you need the Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme in your skin care routine. It contains a rejuvenating Retinol formula that removes dead skin cells and replaces them with new ones, producing a healthier and more vibrant complexion, plus hyaluronic acid to hydrate and smooth out fine lines. A clinical study done by ROC Skincare showed that participants who used this retinol moisturizer noticed smoother and more radiant skin after just a week, less fine lines after 4 weeks, and a reduction in deep wrinkles after 8 weeks. And then there’s the MIRA reviews, with 99% saying Retinol Correxion is hydrating and anti-aging.

Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer by The Inkey List, $10

Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Moisturizer by The Inkey List
Source: The Inkey List

Looking for a warm-up before bringing retinol into your skin care routine? There’s no better retinol alternative than bakuchiol - a gentle, all-natural ingredient derived from the psoralea corylifolia plant. It’s said to have all the wrinkle-reducing and skin-glowing power that retinol does, without the pesky side effects, and this moisturizer by The Inkey List will provide the results you want. It’s packed with 1% Bakuchiol to smooth and reduce fine lines while targeting other signs of aging, Squalane for hydration, and Sacha Inchi Oil to nourish the skin with Omega-3. If you want a gentle alternative before you start your retinol journey, or have simply found that retinol isn’t the right fit for your skin type… you can still get all the anti-aging power of this skin care ingredient with this bakuchiol moisturizer.

Renewing Eye Cream by Murad, $82

Renewing Eye Cream by Murad
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We’ve told you about some of the best retinol moisturizers, and now it’s time to talk about retinol eye cream. Because it’s truly a holy grail product to look youthful and fresh at any age. Renewing Eye Cream by Murad is one of the top-rated retinol eye creams in our community, formulated with peptides and retinol to fight fine lines, mango butter for increased elasticity, and an Eye Brightening Complex that lives up to the name. The delicate skin around your eyes is more prone to fine lines, dullness, and effects of aging than other parts of the body, hence why crow’s feet are so common, and retinol is the anti-aging powerhouse that your eye area needs to stay young. Whether you’re only 30 years old and just starting to notice a few faint lines, or 60+ and hoping to minimize crow’s feet and add a little sparkle to your eyes, this retinol eye cream by Murad is a cult favorite that works for all.

Pro Retinol Eye Cream by Olay, $25

Pro Retinol Eye Cream by Olay
Source: Olay

Retinol creams are kind of Olay’s thing, as evidenced by the brand’s Retinol24 collection. And the Pro Retinol Eye Cream eliminates wrinkles in an unreal way, along with smoothing out the skin for an even texture and ultimate hydration. This retinol eye cream has a potent formula, with Pro-Retinol, to increase cell turnover and reduce wrinkles within the eye area - making you look instantly younger and more vibrant. Vitamins B5 and B3 work alongside retinol to provide more skin-improving benefits, from exfoliation of dead skin cells and retainment of moisture to protection against environmental toxins and pollution. Pro Retinol Eye Cream doesn’t just reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, it also stops them before they even happen!

Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer by ROC Skincare, $25

Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer by ROC Skincare
Source: ROC Skincare

Real talk: if we had to pick the perfect retinol moisturizer for all ages and skin types, right here and now… it would be this one by ROC Skincare. It has retinol to reduce even the deepest wrinkles, Vitamin E to repair, and SPF 30 for protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays, which is a total game changer in your skin care routine. Wrinkles and fine lines are caused by many things, including genetics and natural loss of collagen, but the #1 cause is sun damage. And while we love using retinol to reduce fine lines, this retinol cream has all the right ingredients to help you both diminish and prevent them… all while keeping your skin feeling smooth, soft, and hydrated. What a dream retinol cream, right? Although it’s effective on all skin types, the Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer is recommended by 96% of MIRA guests with mature skin!

Retinol Firming Eye Cream by Kate Somerville, $85

Retinol Firming Eye Cream by Kate Somerville
Source: Kate Somerville

“I have tried a zillion eye creams and I have sensitive skin, and this one really is my favorite. It moisturizes while also helping to fight wrinkles. My skin looks healthy and bright after applying. Highly recommend.” Retinol eye creams reign supreme, as retinol is the #1 anti-aging ingredient to treat the area of your face most prone to aging. And Kate Somerville knows how to gently incorporate retinol into your skin care routine, with incredible results and zero risk of irritation. Retinol Firming Eye Cream doesn’t just contain retinol to reduce fine lines, increase elasticity and firmness, refine texture, and smooth the under eye area, it even features natural bioretinals obtained from Babchi Edible Seeds to provide all the same benefits of retinol with reduced sensitivity. Keep skin looking smooth, firm, and protected against environmental stress while hyaluronic acid provides a moisture boost for your most bright and beautiful skin - the Kate Somerville way.

Retinol 1.0 by Skinceuticals, $88

Retinol 1.0 by Skinceuticals
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A nightly skin care routine is often extremely calming, as it allows you to end the day with a clear mind and even clearer skin. And while “calming” isn’t often the first word that comes to mind when people think of retinol, this cream by Skinceuticals shows that the ingredient can be both soothing and effective on the skin. It features 1.0% Retinol to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration, in addition to reducing blemishes and minimizing pores. But don’t think it doesn’t have a soft side, too. This retinol cream has a skin-soothing blend of (derived from the chamomile plant) and boswellia serrata extract (derived from frankincense) to comfort the skin as the retinol works its magic, along with Ceramides and Shea Butter for soothing hydration. It’s not just wrinkles you’ll be reducing, but also breakouts, dark spots, large pores and other skin issues that are common in all ages… making this a universal retinol cream that gives your skin care routine (and maybe even your face!) a lift.

A-Passioni Retinol Cream by Drunk Elephant, $74

A-Passioni Retinol Cream by Drunk Elephant
Source: Drunk Elephant

Despite retinol’s ability to fight wrinkles, increase elasticity, and perform other anti-aging miracles, it also needs to be used in small doses to avoid skin freakouts. Drunk Elephant has a dedication to taking care of your skin without toxicity, and the A-Passioni Retinol Cream uses just the right amount of retinol to improve tone and texture without being too harsh on the skin. It even works alongside a Triple Peptide Blend to strengthen and firm while helping retinol work that much better, as peptides and retinol are the real anti-aging dream team. Watch as your skin’s tone and texture vastly improve while you prevent free radical damage and see a significant decrease in wrinkles… all the things that retinol does best.

Find more retinol, and other skin care hero ingredients, on MIRA.