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9 best retinol night creams

9 Top Performing Retinol Night Creams to Try

If you want to reverse the damage done to your skin, consider adding a top-performing retinol night cream to your nightly beauty routine.  

Retinol is possibly the most transformative ingredient in your beauty arsenal. You can expect boosted cell turnover and increased collagen production for a clearer complexion and fewer wrinkles. But retinol can be savage on your skin so an easing-in period is essential.

PHILOSOPHY

Help Me Retinol Night Treatment - $49

Nordstrom (260 reviews):
4.7/5

Philosophy’s retinol night cream comes with a patented microsponge to really get the product into deeply congested pores.

This product was originally formulated for those unable to use the potent prescription medication, Retin A. This is a good option to get you started with retinol for the first time.

Reviews confirm that this retinol night cream is not irritating and most enjoy reduced lines and pigmentation.

Use this instead of or before your moisturizer.

MURAD

Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream - $82

Sephora (200 reviews):
4.6/5

Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream is made up of a unique combination of three dosages of the active ingredient retinol to deliver more potency and boost the overall effect of the product. 

 You can expect this product to tackle anti-aging issues head-on, such as fine lines, brown spots and sun damage. 

Start slowly with this retinol night cream by applying it every other night or less to help your skin adjust to the three doses of aggressive active ingredients.

ELIZABETH ARDEN

Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum - $48 (30 capsules)

Ulta (30 reviews):
4.5/5

Elizabeth Arden’s retinol night serum delivers another unique approach: the sealed single-use capsules deliver even more potency and effectiveness due to them not being exposed to light or air.

If you’re concerned about the irritation of this extra potency, don’t be. One of the key ingredients of Elizabeth Arden’s retinol serum is the moisture-boosting ceramides which help protect against the dryness that retinol causes. That’s what makes this the perfect starter for Retinol newbies.

LA ROCHE-POSAY

Redermic R Anti-Ageing concentrate - $56.99

Target (180 reviews):
4.5/5

La Roche-Posay’s retinol night cream has a lightweight gel-serum consistency and is a multi-award winner for its ability to achieve results with virtually no irritation.

With a 0.3% concentration of retinol, it is a low potency option, perfect for those with sensitive skin.

SUNDAY RILEY

A+ High-Dose Retinol Serum - $85

Sephora (190 reviews):
4.5/5

If you are already a retinol user and want to up your game, then this retinol night cream might be for you.

A high-dose serum made up of 6.5% retinoid blends, this is a potent dose. You’ve been warned!

For those new to retinol, Sunday Riley recommends starting out using this product just two nights a week. Gradually build up to every other night then every night.

RoC

Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Facial Serum - $17.99

Target (740 reviews):
4.5/5

RoC makes retinol accessible at an excellent price point, and is a great option for those unsure about committing to retinol.

Don’t let the price fool you. This is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner 5 years running, beauty editors and dermatologists sing its praises, and even Kim Kardashian included it as one of her favorite drugstore skincare products!

NEUTROGENA

Rapid Wrinkle Repair retinol oil - $24.97

Walmart (200 reviews):
4/5

Neutrogena’s rapid wrinkle repair retinol night cream is formulated to deeply moisturize while tackling dark spots and fine lines. 

You can apply this product every evening, and it is recommended to pair this product with Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream for best results.

DRUNK ELEPHANT

A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream - $74

Sephora (660 reviews):
4.2/5

Drunk Elephant’s retinol night cream is formulated with 1% retinol as well as Vitamin F, which has soothing fatty acids to help calm skin’s sensitivity. 

Start slowly with this product if you want to avoid peeling and irritation. It is recommended to limit initial use to once or twice a week. 

If you are already a Drunk Elephant fan, you can mix this retinol night cream with any of its creams or oils.

STRIVECTIN

S.T.A.R Light Retinol Night Oil - $99

Walmart (200 reviews):
4/5

StriVectin is the brand best known for its award winning and transformative Advanced Tightening Neck Cream. 

It’s new product, S.T.A.R Light Retinol Night Oil is the most expensive product on this list and an Oprah Magazine Beauty O-Wards winner.

This is a dry finish oil that delivers the power of retinol without irritation. 100% of clinical studies showed no irritation to the skin. 

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Retinol is the most transformative ingredient in your beauty arsenal. Reduce the signs of ageing with one of these 9 best retinol night creams.

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