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You may have heard about the buzzy ingredient being added to many a serum, moisturizer, and night cream right now. In fact, at the start of 2019, it was cosigned by none other than Frank Ocean in a GQ interview that went skin deep into the artist’s grooming routine. Otherwise known as vitamin A, now’s the time to start applying retinol.

Best loved by grooming know-it-alls for its anti-aging properties, retinol stimulates both collagen and elastin while also repairing skin cells’ functioning. Essentially, it’s kick-starting your skin to accelerate the production of healthier, younger cells, which tends to slow as we reach the end of our twenties.

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Along with the reduced depth of wrinkles, other pay-offs of decent retinol grooming products include plumper and more hydrated skin, improved skin tone, and countless compliments on that elusive “healthy glow”.

And while Frank Ocean is no doubt a testament to all these things, he also expressed caution in his GQ interview, warning that “you can’t have the retinol in your creams in the day because it makes you more sun-sensitive, so you wanna throw that on at night.”

True though this sun-sensitivity fact may be, if you’re a morning groomer, using retinol underneath a trusty SPF-rated moisturizer or sunscreen will keep you protected from harmful rays.

This being the case, we’ve included a selection of particularly effective sunscreens beneath our round-up of top retinol products to add to your own skin regime right now. Made up of emulsions, creams, and serums, our choices come from some of the best 21st century grooming brands – including The Ordinary, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, and SkinCeuticals.

Peep all our retinol-infused skin saviors below, and click through to cop.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

The Ordinary

from $10
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Retinol 0.3


Buy at Dermstore

Help Me Retinol Night Treatment


Buy at Nordstrom

Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum

Peter Thomas Roth

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Ferulic + Retinol Eye Serum

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

from $69
Where to shop

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