If you’re a skincare lover, fanatic or whatsoever, you know about Retinol, so no need to read any further.If you’re a novice into skincare, or just need some “updating”, read on.

Retinolis the name of the MOST ACTIVE FORM OF VITAMIN A. It is, in fact het ONLY one that has all the properties that are often mentionned, when speaking of vitamin A.

Vitamin A in cosmetics can also occur as vitamin A PALMITATE and vitamin A ACETATE, which are both good, but far less effective ingredients for skin, when compared to RETINOL.

So here’s what Retinol is famous for:

  • It’s skin restoring
  • It helps smoothing out wrinkles
  • It’s firming
  • It takes care of all signs of visible ageing, like open pores and hyperpigmentation spots

Isn’t that great ?In fact, Retinol is considered by many to be the NUMBER ONE POWERHOUSE INGREDIENT for anti-ageing skincare.

I often get asked about the PERCENTAGE a Retinol product should have to be effective. Although percentage does make a DIFFERENCE (especially if it’s too low!), the actual delivery system in the product, the packaging (should be airless or air-reducing) and other ingredients present in the product, determine its effectiveness. As Retinol is sensitive to light, packaging should be opaque.

Beautypedia has published a few very good articles on this subject, especially about percentages and myths about the use of Retinol. They also mention three different “strengths” of Retinol, but these, obviously, only cover their own (very good) Retinol products (Paula’s Choice).


My advise to you would be to see what options are available to you locally, as many brands make excellent Retinol products, but not all are available in all countries. I personally like to use Retinol off-and-on, like 2 to 3 times a week, in order to fight wrinkles (especially around my eyes), hyperpigmentation and my old (but stubborn) acne scars. If you have a specific concern, like skin sagging, open pores or age spots, you might consider using Retinol more often, even daily if you want to.

One of the myths about Retinol, is that it can only be used at night. This isn’t true, as you can perfectly use it during daytime, as long as you use a good sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher). The Retinol (and your skin) will be protected.

Products containing Retinol I’m using at the moment (November 2018) are :

  • Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum
  • Nazan Tastan Retinol Serum
  • Klapp Cosmetics Retinol Booster (is supposed tob e mixed into a cream, I use it directly on my skin)

The ones that are waiting to be tried are :

  • Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate
  • Neostrata Retinol +NAG Complex (this is a very strong one you can use just once a week)
  • Indeed Labs Retinol Reface

I logically introduce new products to my routine one by one, in order to be sure about the effect it has on my skin. There is no use introducing three products at the same time, as you will understand.

One word of caution:although some brands claim to have a Retinol product, it can often be one of the less effective forms of vitamin A. The only way to be sure, is to check the ingredients list : it should mention “retinol” or “ Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate”, which is a newer from of (effective) vitamin A.

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