In the vast universe of skincare formulations, there's one ingredient that consistently gets name-checked by derms and beauty editors alike: retinol. The vitamin A derivative is a powerhouse product when it comes to helping smooth and brighten complexions — and lucky for us, we don't need to splurge in order to slide it into our beauty rotations.
"Retinols are a great addition to your skincare routine and can help minimize the appearance of fine lines, pores while evening out skin tone," dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD, tells Refinery29. "Retinol products work by increasing the rate the at which your skin cells turnover, while promoting new collagen production."
We know — it sounds like fancy stuff, but you don't need to spend a ton of cash to try it for yourself: From affordable-formula stars hidden at Sephora to iconic potions for cheap by Neutrogena and Olay, there are tons of available options for trying retinol on a drugstore budget. Scroll ahead into all the eye creams, serums, moisturizers, oils, and more that are infused with this premium ingredient — and available for a steal.
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