If you’ve stayed away from prescription retinol (the miracle anti-aging ingredient that will also give you the smoothest and clearest skin of your life) we don’t blame you—it can be irritating. A derivative of vitamin A, retinol stimulates collagen production and cell turnover, which can help soften wrinkles, smooth skin texture, correct dark spots, and clear acne. But all that skin-perfecting power comes at a cost, including dryness, redness, irritation, and sun sensitivity. These side effects usually subside after a few months—but if you don’t have time to wait, we’ve got a solution: Retinol creams. You reap all the benefits, plus added hydrating, nourishing ingredients to minimise dryness and irritation. Ahead, learn about the tried-and-true retinol creams that are worth integrating into your nightly routine ASAP.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.