6 retinol oils we can’t get enough of
The new breed of retinol skin care has arrived!
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / March 16 2020
No anti-ageing skin care ingredient has garnered cult-like status like retinol has. It's one of the most celebrated ingredients, for good reason: retinol increases skin cell turnover, giving it exfoliating and collagen-producing powers that are known to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and make skin look smoother and plumper with regular use. And that's not all. Retinol can also treat acne as it unclogs pores, prevents breakouts and gently removes dead skin.
The newest form of retinol that’s changing the beauty game is retinol oil. This hybrid form combines the skin-buffing effects of retinol with the nourishing properties of a face oil, and is perfect for those who find retinol on its own quite drying or harsh on skin.
When it comes to introducing retinol oil into your skin care routine, the same rules of using retinol apply here: use a low dose to begin with so your skin can get used to the ingredient; use it sporadically (this means once every few days, then increasing usage to daily); only use it at night as it can increase sensitivity in skin; and apply it before your night cream. Easy.
These are the best retinol oils out right now:
Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Retinol Oil
Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Retinol Oil is a lightweight oil powered by retinol that can address fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing dry skin types. Our Review Crew® panel rated it four stars! “My skin felt soft and moisturised in the morning and had a nice sheen to it,” said Review Crew® member, Jen. “After days of use, wrinkles were smoother and after weeks, my skin was hydrated, smooth [and] overall texture was better.”
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
This is one of the best retinol products on the market and definitely Sunday Riley's most iconic product in their range, and we're not surprised. Regular use of the Luna Sleeping Night Oil can improve the texture of skin, address dullness and even reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots. Besides retinol, the product contains chamomile and blue tansy oils to reduce redness and calm skin.
Medik8 Retinol 10TR+ Intense
Medik8 Retinol 10TR+ Intense is no joke, and is for those who are well-accustomed to using retinol. Besides featuring climbazole and squalane to improve the performance of the vitamin A by hydrating skin, this retinol serum contains time release technology that allows the product to work throughout the night while you sleep and helps minimise the chance of irritation, too. Clever stuff.
O Cosmedics Retinoic Oil
O Cosmedics Retinoic Oil is a high-dose retinol serum that works to improve skin texture and increase collagen production to achieve smoother and plumper skin, STAT. This product contains squalane in addition to retinol, which keeps skin moist and hydrated.
VOTARY Intense Night Facial Oil - Rosehip And Retinoid
To improve skin tone and texture, try VOTARY Intense Night Facial Oil - Rosehip And Retinoid, which combines retinol with grapeseed, apricot kernel and avocado oils to seriously up the glow factor of your complexion. The reason why this brand flies off shelves at Sephora is because it's formulated without any fillers or preservatives, making it a top choice for those with sensitive skin.
Did you know that retinol oils can be used on the body to smooth skin, too? “Retin-Oil contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate as [an] active and has a dry oil-like texture with a thin consistency which is formulated for body application,” says Prudvi Kaka, Chief Scientific Officer of DECIEM. “Retin-Oil [best suits]r normal and dry skin types with signs of ageing.”
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.