Retinol Alternatives: Less Expensive, Less Concentrated, Products Are Available

At the moment, Retinol is the most sought after anti-aging ingredient in skincare.

Retinol reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improves the firmness of your skin.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, and is available as a prescription from a dermatologist, like Retin A or Renova. This can cost you up to $350, between the prescription and your doctors visit.

However, you can buy a retinol product over the counter that isn’t as concentrated, but still works.

Some cost more than others….Here are a few products that are effective, but won’t break the bank.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair– “Visible results in just one week” is there claim to fame.  This product also contains Hyaluronic Acid, which helps to hydrate, replenish, and rejuvenate the skin.

They carry day and night lotions, serum and eye cream, all in the $21.00-$24.00 price range.

Avene Ystheal and Eluage –  These products also contain Retinol and  Hyaluronic Acid and their famous Thermal Spring Water .

These waters are infused with trace elements and silicates that come from the Cevennes Mountains in France. This composition is ideal for sensitive skin and restores the skin’s natural balance.  These products range from $38.00-$46.00.

Philosophy Help Me Night TreatmentAllure Editors Choice “Best of Beauty” Award for best anti aging treatment.

This product minimizes pores, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and discolorations.  In an eight week clinical study, results showed- 100% improvement in fine lines, 100% had smoother skin, 94% had a improvement in wrinkles and 88% had firmer skin.  Price of this product is $47.50.

 Tips – Make sure you where sunscreen while your using a Retinol product, since your skin becomes more sun sensitive. Also, keep in mind that the best time to use Retinol is in the evening when your skin regenerates.

Have you used a Retinol product? What do you think?

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Tina has been a Beauty Consultant and Makeup Artist for over 10 years. Tina's favorite topic to write about is Beauty News. She is married and a mom to two beautiful girls. Tina also loves to shop and travel.