The Best Drugstore Retinol Treatments

By Jacqueline Samaroo
When it comes to fighting the signs of aging, retinol is the actual fountain of youth! It is a definite skincare must-have if you want real results against wrinkles and fine lines. Retinol, a.k.a. vitamin A, also helps to reduce acne by unclogging pores!
Here are ten drugstore retinol treatments that pack a one-two anti-aging and anti-acne punch.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30
Neutrogena’s proprietary formula contains Accelerated Retinol SA, glucose complex and hyaluronic acid. It provides fast and sustained results, diminishing age spots and smoothing wrinkles. Plus, it’s got some sun protection action going on in there, which will help to prevent wrinkles in the first place!
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer
Sensitive skin will love this fragrance-free, dye-free formula that still gives you plenty of retinol oomph. Yes, it says “night cream”, but you will find it’s pretty effective any time of day at firming and hydrating skin.
L’Orѐal RevitaLift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer
A combination of gentle Pro-Retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid helps this anti-aging moisturizer to hydrate deeply while leaving skin softer and smoother. It is free of fragrances, mineral oil and dyes, plus is light enough for use under makeup.
L’Orѐal Revitalift Cicacream
L’Orѐal’s Cicacream combines Pro-Retinol and Centella asiatica, a traditional Chinese herb noted for its skin repairing power. This retinol cream works to strengthen and repair the skin barrier, as well as smooth away wrinkles and fine lines.
Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly tiny 0.1%. This acne treatment contains prescription-strength Adapalene, a retinol derivative.  Differin Adapalene Gel has only recently been made available as an OTC and has earned itself tons of rave reviews.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
Acne-prone skin will love the noncomedogenic action of this RoC deep wrinkle cream. It won’t clog your pores but what it will do is work at erasing those deep-set wrinkles while you catch up on your zzz’s.
CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Cream
If you have dry skin, then this CeraVe cream has got your skin-care needs covered. It is loaded with wrinkle-fighting, skin-firming retinol but also include ceramides to counter the drying effect that retinol can have.
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Anti-Aging Retinol Serum
The strength of La Roche-Posay’s highest concentration of pure retinol is balanced by moisturizing glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and a selection of plant oils. This serum works deep down to smooth wrinkles and fight the effects of premature sun damage.
Honest Beauty Honestly Pure Retinol Serum
This retinol serum works fast at clearing and smoothing skin. It contains tapioca-derived retinol, and hyaluronic acid for moisture. A big bonus in its formula is squalene, which has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and moisturizing powers of its own.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Night Renewal Cream
If you’re on a budget but still want effective retinol skin care, then Palmer’s Night Renewal Cream is ideal. It’s a rich, lightweight cream of retinol and cocoa butter that plumps and hydrates skin and comes with an affordable price tag.
What’s your favorite drugstore retinol? Tell us in the comments!