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14 Best Retinol Creams and Serums In India

6 Dermatologist recommended retinol creams And 7 Best retinol serum in India – Hey guys, Today i have a compilation post for you guys. It is about one of the best antiaging ingredient, retinol.

Retinol is recommended to use for those above the age of 25 to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

HOW TO USE RETINOL ON FACE

Are you 25 years or above? If yes, then proceed.

Start slow, maybe 0.025% concentration just 2 times a week at night.

Cleanse your face and pat dry.

Do not use retinol on damp skin as it may increase the chances of irritation.

For dermatologist prescribed retinols, Take half a pea size amount of retinol cream and apply on your face and neck.

If it is an OTC serum, then follow the instructions on the cover.

Wait for 1-2 minutes for the serum/cream to be completely absorbed before applying anything else on top.

Follow up with a ceramide repair moisturiser or a soothing moisturiser.

Always use a sunscreen with spf 30+++ or above.

WHAT TO USE | WHAT NOT USE WITH RETINOL

You can use retinol with niacinamide. First apply niacinamide and then, follow up with retinol.

You can use hyaluronic acid with retinol. Apply HA after applying retinols.

Do not use with Vitamin C, AHA & BHA(Glycolic acid, salicylic acid) or Benzoyl peroxide along with retinol.

You can use these ingredients in your morning routine. Make sure you do not over exfoliate or irritate the skin with harsh ingredients.

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR BEGINNERS

  1. Acne may get worse before getting any better(Purging). This is completely normal and may last up to 6 weeks.
  2. Beginners may experience redness, dryness, sensitivity and mild peeling. Again, this is a normal reaction until your skin gets used to it.

6 BEST DERMATOLOGIST RECOMMENDED RETINOL CREAMS

The below mentioned products come in a tube packaging and has a treatment cream consistency.

They are easily available in all pharmacy’s and usually does not require any prescription.

  • Avene Triacneal Expert
  • Yugard Anti Ageing Cream
  • Retino-A 0.05% Cream
  • Tretin 0.025% Cream
  • A-Ret 0.05% Gel
  • Tretin 0.05% Cream

PROS OF DERMATOLOGIST PRESCIBED RETINOLS

Scientifically proven to prevent and fade lines and wrinkles

Cost effective

Trustworthy brands

Available in various strengths like, 0.025%, 0.25%, 0.5% and finally, 1%

With this many options, You can slowly build your skin tolerance to retinol

Gets absorbed instantly

Non sticky and non greasy

Half a pea size amount is enough

Effectively reduces acne, acne scars and fine lines

Boosts collagen production

Improves skin elasticity

Prevents the appearance of lines and wrinkles

Leaves skin smooth and even toned

Proven to be very effective in the long run

If you are consistent, Skin looks younger than your age even in your 50’s.

7 BEST RETINOL SERUM

Here are the 7 best retinol serum in India with their pros and cons.

The pros and cons are given under each product so you can easily choose whichever suits your skin.

Even though i said best retinol serum in India, Not all products may suit your skin.

Patch Test Recommended.

Always start with whichever has a lower concentration and work your way up from there.

Deconstruct Retinol & Peptide Serum

Deconstruct Retinol & Peptide Serum

PRICE – 679rs for 30ml product (BuyNow)

The unique and rare combination of Retinol and Peptides in a single product works effectively on minimizing the signs of aging.

The serum nourishes and moisturizes skin to fight fine lines and wrinkles. This also firms and plumps skin

0.2% Retinol + 1% Peptide

PROS

Good for beginners and sensitive skin beauties

Very gentle water based formula

Gets absorbed easily

Light weight

Non sticky and non greasy finish

No purging

No irritation or breakouts caused

Fades appearance of fine lines

Improves skin texture

Free from Paraben, silicones and fragrance

Reasonably priced and often comes on sale

CONS

None

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer

PRICE – 1310rs for 29ml product (BuyNow)

Use twice a week and avoid the eye area.

PROS

Light weight consistency

Gets absorbed quickly

Contains hyaluronic acid

Pleasant fragrance

Improves skin texture

Tightens pores

Skin appears smoother and little brighter

Softens fine lines and wrinkles in 4 weeks

CONS

In the first week of use, there is a warm tingling sensation which goes away in a few minutes.

Contains artificial fragrance

May not suit sensitive skin

Expensive for just 29ml:(

MyGlamm 1% Retinol Age-Defying Serum

MyGlamm 1% Retinol Age-Defying Serum

PRICE – 799rs for 30ml product

MyGlamm 1% Retinol Age-Defying Serum enriched with Caffeine and Aloe Leaf Extract.

Clinically Tested, Highly Concentrated Face Serum with Retinol & Natural Aloe vera.

PROS

Contains caffeine and aloe vera extracts

Light weight consistency

Gets absorbed instantly

Not at all sticky or greasy

Improves skin texture and tone

Smoothens lines and wrinkles

Parabens free, fragrance free, Cruelty-free, Vegan, Phthalate-free, SLS-free, Mineral oil-free, Alcohol-free, Triclosan-free, TEA-free, Gluten-free

CONS

None

Minimalist 2% Retinoid Anti Aging Night Cream

Minimalist 2% Retinoid Anti Aging Night Cream

PRICE – 699rs for 30gm product.

Beginners may experience peeling and purging as this has 2% retinol.

Just to be on the safe side, it is better to start with a product with lower concentration and maybe later you can move on to this product.

PROS

Thick consistency

Gets absorbed easily

No artificial fragrance

Fades lines, wrinkles, dark spots and acne scars

Brightens overall complexion

Leaves skin smooth and glowing

Moisturises the skin

Results in 7-8 weeks

Prevents acne and treats active acne

CONS

So difficult to get the serum out of the bottle.

May not suit all skin types so patch test recommended.

Olay Night Serum: Regenerist Retinol 24 Serum

Olay Night Serum Regenerist Retinol 24 Serum

PRICE – 1999rs for 30 ml product (1699rs or less on sale)

PROS

It has vitamin B3, retinol, niacinamide, glycerine and peptides

Light weight serum

Non sticky and non greasy

Gets absorbed quickly

No irritation or breakouts

Reduces pore size and acne scars

Smoothens and firms skin

Visible changes in 4 weeks

Paraben free and fragrance free

Pocket friendly

CONS

Retinol percentage not mentioned

Does not work on deeper wrinkles

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum

PRICE – 7500rs for 30ml

Visibly preventative and corrective retinol serum for all ages that fights the look of lines and deep wrinkles while visibly boosting radiance in as little as two weeks.

Recommended For : Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily Skin

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Uneven Texture, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity

PROS

Light weight serum

Gets absorbed in a jiffy

Lightens dark spots and fine lines

Smoothens skin texture

Even tones the skin

Brightens skin complexion

CONS

Contains artificial fragrance

Requires patch test for sensitive skin

Not suitable for beginners as it is too strong.

Causes purging (Not really a con)

Expensive

Nykaa Skin Secrets Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid Sleeping Mask

Nykaa Skin Secrets Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid Sleeping Mask

PRICE – 175rs for 10ml pack

Fights visible signs of ageing and improves skin elasticity.

It also hydrates the skin and strengthens the skin barrier.

PROS

Contains hyaluronic acid

Airy gel consistency

Gets absorbed quickly

Non sticky and non oily

Hydrates the skin

Leaves skin soft and supple

No irritation or breakouts

CONS

Available only in a 10ml pack for 175/-

Contains artificial fragrance

Retinol percentage not mentioned

PIXI Botanical Collagen & Retinol Serum

PIXI Botanical Collagen & Retinol Serum

PRICE – 2550rs for 30ml product (2295rs on sale)

Pixi Collagen and Retinol Serum is a unique concentrated formula consisting of collagen, retinol and vitamins to help restore the skin’s natural plumpness.

PROS

Contains niacinamide, glycerine, Vitamin C & E

It has chamomile and rosemary extracts

Light weight and thin consistency with slimy texture

Pleasant fragrance

Non greasy and non sticky

No purging

Improves skin texture

Brightens skin tone

Smoothens fine lines and fades acne scars

Improves skin elasticity

Hydrates the skin

Leaves skin soft, plump and smooth

Controls acne recurrence

Suitable for even sensitive skin

CONS

Costly product, 30ml – 2550/-

Nykaa SKINRX 2% Advanced Retinol Anti-Aging Night Face Serum

Nykaa SKINRX 2% Advanced Retinol

PRICE – 899rs for 30ml product.

I am torn, should i be mentioning this or not?? can i really state this product as one of the best retinol serum in India?

I would really like some input here, guys.

The 2% retinol content is too strong and no one has ever reported any purging. Seems suspicious??

PROS

Slightly thick consistency

Light weight

Does not feel heavy on the skin

Gets absorbed easily

Hydrates the skin

Smoothens fine lines

Improves skin texture

CONS

Does not follow INCI standards which means, there is no guarantee that the ingredients list mentioned by the brand is true.

CONCLUSION

Now you know the best dermatologist recommended retinol creams and the best retinol serum in India.

Have you used any of these? How was your experience?

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