From busting blemishes to ironing out fine lines, retinol is a star player in the world of multitasking skin-care ingredients. Naturally, experts are quick to recommend the use of a retinol-spiked topical, but many tend to be a bit harsh on those with sensitized skin.
One common recommendation among experts for use on sensitive skin: all things Avène, which happens to be 20-percent off through July 15 with code HOWL20. Here’s a guide to which product is best for your skin’s needs.
Best For: A Gentle Retinol: RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream ($74)
The original, best-selling retinol alternative from the French brand. Instead of a traditional retinol, this lotion is created with retinaldehyde, which offers similar benefits to the skin without the risk of any redness or irritation. The result: Clearer, firmer, more radiant-looking skin over time.
Best For: An Even Lighter Option: RetrinAL 0.05 Cream ($66)
The little sister to the original RetrinAL, this formula offers a lower concentration of the potent retinaldehyde for those with skin that’s easily stressed. Rest assured, the formula still delivers the same firming, radiance-boosting benefits.
Best For: A Streamlined Routine: RetrinAL Advanced Correcting Serum ($78)
The latest, and perhaps most innovative, addition to the brand’s retinol lineup, this lightweight, 3-in-1 serum boasts retinol alternative bakuchiol, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and strengthening niacinamide for an all-in-one option that streamlines any skin-care routine without skimping on results.
Regardless of which skin-booster is right for your personal needs, be sure to take advantage of this rare sale before July 15 with code HOWL20.
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