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From beginner to advanced, retinoids you can trust. Remember to introduce slowly!

KIEHL'S Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum
This one's 0.3% retinol but because you mix it fresh, it's strong! Not for beginners.
ROC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Night Serum Capsules
These are beginner-friendly but deliver real results, and they’re already dosed for you!
LA ROCHE-POSAY Retinol B3 Pure Retinol Serum
Intermediate level retinol that’s not spicy at all
AVÈNE Triacnéal Night Smoothing Lotion
The active in this is retinaldehyde! It’s potent but non-irritating. I’d call it beginner-intermediate but be sure to introduce slowly if it’s your first – a pea size once per week for a month before you move up to twice per week.
MEDIK8 Crystal Retinal 3
Beginner friendly and very effective!
PCA SKIN Intensive Brightening Night Treatment 0.5% Pure Retinol
Gentle enough to use nightly, this treats pigmentation and texture. So good!
True story: I had hectic stress breakouts while writing my book. I even developed perioral dermatitis which made it hard to use actives. This product helped get rid of the breakouts without exacerbating the sensitivity. It is exquisite.
This one can be added to moisturiser, if you like, for ease of use.
Intermediate, and a great one-and-done PM skincare routine
Perfect for beginners with 0.01% retinol and barrier-supporting ceramides. You could even use this daily!
A beautiful, cushy gel-based retinaldehyde serum. It’s for beginner-intermediate use, and pairs perfectly with Holifrog’s Galilee Dewy Drop serum.
This one’s spicy! Don’t let the % deceive you - it’s for intermediate use, as are all the Skinceuticals retinoids.
This one exfoliates as it delivers Vitamin A. Not for nightly use – use 1-3x per week. For beginners all the way through to experienced users, but go easy on the other exfoliants in your routine.