As far as skin-firming ingredients go, retinol is the gold standard. The vitamin A derivative works to stimulate collagen production to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which explains why derms recommend that everyone add the ingredient into their routine by the time they hit 30. And though there are plenty of pricey products on the market that will help you reap retinol‘s benefits, one of the best that money can buy will only cost you $17 at the drugstore.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Retinol Night Cream ($17) has earned the crown as America’s number-one, most awarded retinol. It’s beloved by consumers and dermatologists alike—and right now, you can snag it for 15 percent off on Amazon. RoC was the first brand to figure out how to stabilize retinol; in fact, this particular formula has 25 years’ worth of research behind it. What makes it so special (and well worth the money) is that it pairs retinol with the brand’s proprietary mineral complex, which makes it more potent, more hydrating, and less irritating. It’s also got antioxidants, which up the ante on skin protection and prevent retinol from degrading in the bottle.
In clinical trials conducted by the brand, users saw diminished signs of photodamage after four weeks of using the product and a 50 percent visible wrinkle reduction after eight weeks. All told, the brand shares a study that says skin looks ten years younger overall, and with more than 9,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, it’s clear that this stuff lives up to the hype.
“This product has completely changed the appearance of my under eyes and forehead… my eyes look lifted and youthful, and my forehead wrinkles have faded significantly,” writes one user.
“I can see a big difference in the depth of my forehead wrinkles not being so deep, plus the smile lines on my face are not as noticeable because they seem to be smoothing out,” shares another.
If ever there was a time to take derms’ advice and ramp up your retinol routine, consider this a $17 sign.
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