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While there are plenty of retinol cream reviews online - usually from big companies promoting their own products – this review is about my personal experience using some over-the-counter drugstore brands and popular online retinol products (including face creams, eye creams, and serums).
Note: These retinol cream reviews are only about over-the-counter retinols. I’ve tried prescription retinoids (like Retin-A and Renova) in the past and really didn’t care for them. The break-in period was brutal for me because they made my skin too dry and irritated.
I first started using retinol cream mostly to target the lines under my eyes. I’ve had puffy eyes since my teens and when I turned 30 something, I started developing lots of wrinkles and fine lines under my eyes due to the constant skin stretching each time my eyes puffed up.
ROC Retinol Correxion Cream
ROC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
My Review – If you’re in your 20s and 30s, I think ROC Retinol creams are a good choice and may even help prevent deeper lines from forming as you age. The creams have a nice texture...not too heavy, not too greasy and enough hydration.
But once you’re over 40, I think a stronger, more potent retinol cream is needed. While ROC does not state the percentage of retinol in their skin care line, I noticed the main ingredient - retinol is listed 3rd or 4th from the bottom which means it doesn’t contain very much retinol.
Now that I’m in my 50s I decided my entire face and neck (not just my eyes) could use the anti-aging benefits of Retinol.
My Review - Don’t let the creamy texture fool you. This stuff is potent! Even if you’ve been using retinol creams for a while, you should start out using it a few times a week until you see how your skin adjusts to it.
Even though if feels creamy, so I did not need a moisturizer on top. I started out using it only a few times a week and I experienced a tiny bit of flaking around my nose and chin. But, after a few months everything smoothed out and my skin tone looks more even. Even my freckles were less visible - so I think it really helped exfoliate dead cells.
My Review - It seems to agree with my skin. I haven't used it long enough to comment on the effectiveness, but I do love the price.
My Review - I started using her 1% Retinol Treatment product last year. It's nice and has a medium creamy texture and is not too creamy or oily. I only used 1 bottle and did notice a more even skin texture, but not much change for those tiny lines at the crow's feet area. I stopped using it so I could test out the other retinol cream products to write this review. But, now that I'm finished, I going to buy another bottle of 1% retinol cream and give it a chance for a few months.
During the summer, I’m happy using The Ordinary retinol serum during the summer because I don't like using very creamy products when the weather is hot and humid. All of the other times of the year I like to use the 2.5% Retinol Repair cream.
I'll have to give Paula's Choice a longer trial to decide what I think about it and if it works well, I might consider replacing it with The Ordinary retinol serum, since Paula's retinol cream is not too greasy.
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