If having a smooth, wrinkle-free, and seemingly poreless complexion is one of your biggest goals, you've probably been either told by a close friend or your dermatologist (or the internet) that you need to add retinol into your anti-aging routine. But you're not alone if you gave the so-called magical ingredient a shot and ended up with dry, irritated skin instead.
While retinol comes with a laundry list of good-for-your skin benefits — including stimulating collagen (translation: less wrinkles), increasing cell turnover (read: smoother, more even skin), and keeping pores clear (goodbye, acne), it can also be somewhat of an irritant. But before you swear it off, the good news is that Amazon shoppers have discovered a product that can give you baby-soft, youthful skin without making you regret using it in the first place. Enter: Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer (Buy It, $47, amazon.com), a nighttime cream that's about to change your life and help you reverse age (according to one reviewer!).
Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, calls this moisturizer a true multitasker, since it combines niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3), retinol, a peptide, and other skin-hydrating ingredients. "It can help brighten skin tone, even skin texture, moisturize, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles," all at the same time, he says. What more could you want out of a drugstore product?
And if you've ever had an adversity to retinol in the past, fear not. What's really cool is that its unique formula helps maintain the stability of retinol, while reducing potential irritation — making it even safe enough for those with sensitive skin. But, like with any new product, be sure you test spot it in front of your ear before applying it to your entire face, says Dr. Zeichner. While most people can use it daily, he recommends starting every other night for the first two weeks to allow your skin to slowly adjust. Whenever you're using retinol, you also must wear daily sunscreen, as it can increase your likelihood of developing a sunburn.
Dr. Zeichner isn't the only fan — nearly 3,000 Amazon shoppers have awarded this retinol cream five stars, even going as far to say that it minimizes enlarged pores and gives you the Benjamin Button effect. (Related: Best Retinol Creams You Can Buy Over the Counter)
One reviewer wrote: "As someone with problematic skin who’s had acne issues most of my life, this is my first retinol night cream and I’m very happy with it. It makes my skin feel soft and silky. In combination with day cream it cleansed my pores, most of my blackheads are gone too. No irritation whatsoever. The effect of the cream is visible after only a couple of days."
"I LOVE this stuff. I saw results in 10 days? Can’t remember, but my skin is very soft, texture GONE, pores where?! I’m loving the results and I haven’t had any issues (have very sensitive skin), knock on wood....Yes, I’m expecting you to knock with me. I’m picky with my skincare, so pls believe when I say that this has been a game changer," shared another.
"I absolutely love this," raved a happy customer. "I have dry skin. Like, woke up after spring break on the beach dehydrated. I’m also, postpartum and in my early 30s. I’ve always had good skin. But as a new mom that’s the first thing I stopped taking care of. I needed a good night cream and this is it! Oh my good god is this not amazing?! My oblivious husband said I looked like had reverse aged in just two weeks."
And if you're a seasoned retinol user and want to take your wrinkle game to the next level, you'll definitely want to try Olay's newest innovation, which just launched this month. The update to the super popular nighttime moisturizer now comes in MAX form with 20 percent more of the brand's Retinol24 Hydrating Complex, a blend of peptides, vitamin B3, retinyl propionate, and retinol.
In other words, if you want to get a baby face complexion ~almost~ overnight (okay, it won't be that fast, but you get the picture), you'll want to hop on the Olay train ASAP. And at less than $50 a pop, it'll still beat those luxury retinol creams you've had on your wishlist.