We've spoken about retinol and its impressive anti-aging properties before; dermatologists largely regard the vitamin A derivative as the "holy grail of noninvasive wrinkle-prevention," reports Health. But when it comes to selecting the right retinol cream for you, where do you start? It turns out that you may not have to look any further than your corner CVS. While Health does note that drugstore retinol brands "may take longer to see results," they essentially "do the same thing" as their more expensive prescription counterparts. To stimulate collagen production and cell turnover for a fraction of the price, consider shopping the dermatologist-recommended retinol creams below.
Neutrogena Intensives Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer
"I recommend this product to my patients all the time because Neutrogena is a reliable company and the products are easy to find in any drugstore. The ingredients are of good quality, and I have never had anyone complain about any skin reaction or difficulty managing this retinol." — Jessica Krant, MD, board-certified dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY
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Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
"The highest strength of retinol you can get before a trip to the dermatologist's office." –– Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder director of Capital Laser & Skin Care
CosMedix Serum 16
"This is a great intro-to-retinol product because it features microencapsulated retinol complex, which delivers results without the irritation and drying." —Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City