A Gentle Retinol Moisturizer That Does More Than Just Hydrate

Let’s Just Get to the Point:
If you love retinol but hate the dryness that comes with it, this modern marvel of anti-aging moisturizing is the answer to your complexion conundrum.

Key Ingredients:
Retinol and hyaluronic acid

If You Want to Know More:
Retinol is often referred to as the gold standard in anti-aging, but it comes with a big caveat—the percentages needed to have a true effect often cause severe dryness and irritation. It’s a rather cruel catch-22.

But thanks to some genius cosmetic chemists, we no longer have to choose between dewy skin and fine line reduction. New forms of stabilized (read: less persnickety) retinols both keep their efficacy despite being exposed to oxygen and light, and are easier to blend with heretofore incompatible ingredients.

Prime example: French brand RoC’s Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème ($25). It features a high level of retinol plus moisturizing superheroes hyaluronic acid and glycerin. The two hydrators not only offer a soft and supple texture, but also temporarily plump fine lines so they appear less noticeable. While the HA and glycerin are creating those immediate, short-term benefits, the retinol is making short work of everything from deep wrinkles to dark spots.

I got to see that firsthand: At the ripe old age of 34, I’ve started to see the faintest hint of dark spots and fine lines. After a week of applying this creamy (but not too thick for my oily skin) treatment, I began to see the brightening effects. While I could still see traces of pigmentation, my overall complexion looked more radiant. And while one week isn’t enough time to accurately judge any significant, lasting improvement of wrinkles, I did notice a temporary plumping that made my fine lines look less noticeable.

The brand claims you’ll see the lasting effects on your skin after eight weeks, but also note that they will only continue to improve as you keep using it. That’s a long-term relationship we don’t mind committing to.