Who has the best skin? If you’re thinking babies and pregnant women, you’re not alone. But there’s another category of folks who seem to be blessed with a healthy, youthful glow that just shines. What is it about these lucky individuals that sets them apart?

Genetics? Maybe. But for many a lady and gent, it’s actually something we all can utilize — they use a retinol cream! While retinol is often used to describe any topical product containing a vitamin a derivative, true retinol products are in fact a type of retinoid. There are several variations of retinoid, but in general they help reduce:

  • Acne
  • Clogged pores
  • Blackheads
  • Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Dull skin

Yes, you can overdo it with retinol creams. When used too frequently or when applied too heavily, they can result in dryness, redness, and pealing. (There are two easy ways to reduce the chance of overdoing it. First, remember a little goes a long way. Less, really is more here. Second, try ‘buffering’ your retinol by mixing it with some face lotion before applying.)

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Night Serum With Pure Retinol

This nighttime miracle worker brightens complexions and smooths even deep wrinkles. But be sure to start slow with just two applications a week, as this is L’Oréal’s purist retinol solution.

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

Have old blemish reminders you’d rather get rid of? This one is for you! It’s a potent combination, so be slow to start. But it produces results — helping to even skin tone and produce a radiant glow.

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer

We love a good drugstore win. And this is just that. This retinol cream has a thick, silky texture that quickly plumps and smooths your face.

Shani Darden Texture Reform

Battling sensitive skin? Shani Darden Texture Reform’s for you. It’s truly a gentle formula the smooths and exfoliates without irritating.

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