Live Unfiltered with Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol range, uniquely formulated for powerful retinol results with less irritation. Retinol can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and renew skin’s surface for radiant, younger-looking skin. Here are all your questions about the gold standard anti-ageing ingredient retinol, answered.
What is Retinol?
Simply put, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and a powerful ingredient. Formulas containing it help fight against signs of ageing skin. It's the #1 dermatologist-recommended skin-ageing solution for its ability to improve the appearance of collagen-depleted skin, complement skin’s natural renewal process and fight the signs of ageing.
How Does Retinol Work?
Retinol is your secret weapon in complementing the skin’s natural renewal process, allowing radiant-looking new skin. It works to improve the cells’ regeneration through exfoliation because as you age, skin renewal begins to slow. This skincare staple works to minimise the look of dark spots, improve skin texture and help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.
The Neutrogena® Difference
We believe in our ability to impact the skin as it ages and for that reason, are constantly pushing ourselves to understand skin even more dynamically. We have a history of 30 years retinol expertise with 20+ patents, 100+ clinical studies and 4000+ consumers tested to improve efficacy, tolerance and aesthetics.
Our Retinol Technology
Through years of research, our scientists have developed a highly efficacious formula containing pure retinol for superior anti-ageing power, a nourishing emollient blend for less irritation and anti-wrinkle boosters to help achieve younger looking skin. Our studies indicate that after one-week, people begin to see improvements from our formula, in the visible signs of ageing - smoothness, texture, hydration and fine lines. And because we have built formulas suitable for daily use, with continued use, the benefits become even greater.
The Best Time to Start Your Anti-Wrinkle Routine
While ageing is a natural part of life, you can keep your skin looking and feeling its healthiest for longer by adding effective products to your anti-ageing skincare routine at the right time — which may be sooner than you think! We recommend helping to prevent future signs of damage rather than trying to undo it.
As you age, your body's natural production of collagen slows down. Although you may not see the effects until later, this process can begin in your mid-20s and leaves skin with a thinner texture, wrinkles and less elasticity over time. Counteract this decline in the signs of ageing by introducing a retinol into your routine in your late 20s.
An anti-ageing routine lays the foundation for healthy looking skin before the damage has set in.
How to Use Retinol in Your Skincare Routine
- Introduce a retinol-based formula into your routine in your mid-late 20s, such as our Retinol Serum containing a low strength 0.05% pure retinol for beginner retinol users.
- When you're ready to increase the retinol strength in your routine, try our Retinol Oil containing 0.3% pure retinol.
- For experienced retinol users, we recommend our Pro+ 0.5% power serum which contains our highest concentration of pure retinol with less irritation for those who already use retinol in their routine.
The Retinol Rulebook
Learn the do's and don'ts of retinol and using it with other ingredients.
- Apply products with retinol first
- Use hyaluronic acid & retinol together for intense hydration
- Slowly add retinol to your routine to help reduce irritation
- Slowly combine retinol with acne products or chemical exfoliants (AHAs, BHAs) to see how your skin adjusts
- Protect skin with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 or higher during the day
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will using retinol during the day increase my risk of sunburn?
With or without retinol, always remember to wear sunscreen daily. We recommend to use a sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine and limit sun exposure while using retinol products.
- What should I look for when shopping for retinol products?
Look for a product that contains pure retinol because it's the most refined form of Vitamin A with scientifically superior anti-ageing power compared to other forms of Vitamin A like pro-retinol (retinyl palmitate).
We also recommend you check the percentage strength of pure retinol in the formula to help determine whether it will be suitable for a beginner, intermediate or experienced retinol user.
- Can retinol irritate my skin?
You may experience mild redness, a warm, tingling sensation or flaking (skin exfoliation). These are normal, temporary indications that the product is working. If effects persist/cause discomfort, reduce the frequency of use until your skin adjusts, then revert to daily use as tolerated.
- Does retinol stop working after a while?
Remember that not all retinol and not all retinols products are created equal. Our scientists have studied the effects of our retinol and have shown that results continued to improve even up to 1 year after starting use. To maximise results, we recommend increasing the strength of retinol in your routine as your skin adjusts.
- Can I use retinol if I don't have wrinkles?
Yes, retinol can be used to help fight signs of skin ageing before they become apparent.
- When should I start using retinol?
It's a good idea to introduce retinol slowly into your skincare routine. Slowly build up your tolerance level—begin by applying a product containing pure retinol every other day and make sure it is a low strength if you've never used retinol before.