20 Retinol Body Treatments for Smoother, Firmer-Looking Skin

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We know retinol is the gold standard when it comes to all-things anti aging—but did you know its treatment power isn’t limited to just the face? From hand creams to body washes and creams, the all-star ingredient is becoming more and more popular in the body-care sector due to its track record of stimulating collagen and improving skin’s texture. Why not share the anti-aging love, right?

Ahead, 20 retinol body treatments to try for smoother, firmer-looking skin below the face.

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Versed PRESS RESTART Advanced Retinol Body Butter ($22)

Your new favorite body butter has entered the chat. Infused with encapsulated retinol to treat skin, cocoa and tucuma butters for deep moisture and peptides to help plump, this rich, buttery formula has you covered.

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Naturium Skin-Renewing Retinol Body Lotion ($25)

Fragrance free and packed with soothing allantoin, this lightweight lotion leaves even sensitive skin types with smoother, softer skin.

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Nécessaire The Body Retinol ($55)

Sporting .1 percent retinol, this sophisticated formula pairs the anti-aging ingredient with AHA, peptides and glycerin for a hydrating, non-irritating experience.

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Kopari Ultra Renewal Retinol Body Cream ($42)

Safe for use twice a day, this creamy, whipped retinol formula is no match for hyperpigmentation and crepy skin. Reviewers note it’s safe for super sensitive skin.

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Replenix Smooth + Tighten Body Lotion ($94)

Packed with antioxidants, retinol, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, this hard-working body lotion works to fight against wrinkles, slack skin and rough texture—perfect for those pesky bumps many of us have behind the arms.

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Topicals Slather Exfoliating Body Serum with Retinol and AHAs ($30)

Line-ironing retinol, hydrating squalane and urea, and smoothing glycolic and lactic acids combine in this silky serum designed to reverse the look of roughness, dry patches and wrinkles.

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PCA Skin Perfecting Neck & Decollete ($90)

Packed with blood flow–encouraging ginger and peppermint, spot-fading licorice root and firming retinol, this one’s a one-stop-shop for a younger-looking neck and chest.

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Doris Day MD Skin Care Retinol Body Serum ($185)

Created by New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD, this lightweight, non-sticky serum was made to “smooth out bumps on outer upper arms, lessen crepey skin, and smooth neck, chest, and thighs.”

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Olay Cleansing & Renewing Nighttime Body Wash with Vitamin B3 and Retinol ($9.50)

This rich and lathering body cleanser makes folding retinol into your daily body-care routine easier than ever.

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Èminence Organic Skin Care Coconut Firming Body Lotion ($42)

For a natural retinol alternative, this silky lotion includes collagen-boosting chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree for similar firming results without any potential irritation.

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Clé de Peau Beauté Synactif Neck and Décoletté Cream ($435)

A top-shelf blend of retinol, hyaluronic acid, and botanical extracts combine in this rich, creamy formula that’s clinically proven to minimize the appearance of neck wrinkles and sagging within eight weeks.

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Beauty Pie Super Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Treatment ($40)

Give your hands the VIP treatment with thie velvety formula packed with retinol, collagen and shea butter. With consistent use, crepey-looking skin and pesky dark spots will begin to fade.

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SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream for Neck and Décolleté ($135)

Created specifically for stubborn wrinkles found on the neck and chest, this science-driven formula is packed with plumping peptides and antioxidants to keep the area looking youthful.

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Truly Anti Cellulite Resurfacing Body Serum ($32)

Lightweight and never sticky, this exfoliating body serum sinks right in and keeps dry patches and roughness at bay all summer long.

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The Organic Pharmacy Advanced Retinoid-like Body Oil ($80)

Apply this botanical-boosted body oil right after showering for an instant and long-lasting glow. It’s formulated with retinol-alternative bakuchiol to boost collagen, fade the look of dark spots and leave skin looking more taut.

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Advanced Clinicals Retinol Cream ($35)

More than 45,000 near-perfect reviews on Amazon means one thing: this lotion isn’t just a bargain, it’s a must-try for smoother, softer skin this summer.

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Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Pro Retinol Body Butter ($46)

This rich, velvet-smooth cream features a retinol alternative for similar smoothing and firming results sans any potential irritation.

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Paula’s Choice Resist Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment ($29)

This milk-meets-lotion makes applying a thin layer all-over easy and never sticky. The only thing better than a quick body-lotion application: a potent concentration of retinol balanced by soothing emollients and plant oils for all of the results and none of the redness.

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iS Clinical Body Complex ($75)

Providing so much more than your average body lotion, this ultrahydrating one also boasts anti-aging and exfoliation benefits thanks to ingredients like antioxdiants, vitamins, botanicals and retinol for skin that’s smoother, softer and more evenly toned.

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Hand MD Restorative Duo ($30)

Made just for your hands, this peptide-, antioxidant- and retinol-rich treatment revitalizes dry, damaged hands while protecting against future free-radical damage, too. 

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What are the benefits of retinol body treatments? 

Because retinol targets the collagen in the skin, which we make less of every decade, retinol body lotions and treatments offer similar benefits to the body as a retinol serum or cream would for the face. Think: smoother, firmer skin and less crepiness and laxity.

Retinol can also address skin concerns like acne, rough texture and more due to its ability to speed up cell turnover. 

How do you use retinol body treatments? 

Retinol can cause photosensitivity, or a sensitivity to the sun. Just like your retinol serums are only part of your nighttime routine, ideally, a retinol treatment would only be used at night as well. If you must use a retinol body lotion it in the morning, couple it with an SPF to protect your skin.

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