Retinol has become the holy grail ingredient when it comes to anti-aging and acne relief. But with news of purging and other possible negative side effects, it's also pretty intimidating. Good thing you came to the right place for advice!
When it comes to acne treatment and promises of smooth skin and less fine lines, retinol has become the holy grail ingredient. However, with reports of purging and other potentially harmful side effects, it's also quite frightening. But don't fret, we're here for you to get you started on your retinol journey.
To start, you can use products with low retinol percentages if you're a first-time user to prevent skin irritation. Products containing as little as 0.1% retinol will have a significant impact on your skin without the risk of flare-ups. You should be fine as long as you start with a low concentration and gradually increase your use. Using retinol, like any other beauty product, requires patience and consistency. The results may take up to two months to appear, but trust us when we say it's worth the wait!
If you’re looking to incorporate retinol into your skincare routine, here are eight gentle and affordable retinol products that we highly suggest new users try:
SHOP: 8 Retinol Products under P1000 for Beginners
1. Good Molecules Gentle Retinol Cream
This product is a tried and tested crowd favorite. It’s formulated with 0.1% of retinol for smoothing fine lines, bakuchiol for an extra anti-oxidant boost, and other skin-nourishing ingredients for that all-around youthful glow.
Gentle Retinol Cream, P520, GOOD MOLECULES, Lazada
2. Some By Mi Retinol Intense Eye Cream
Some By Mi–much like other Korean skincare brands–is quickly gaining popularity in the Philippines and it’s thanks to products like this staple retinol eye cream. Don’t be misled by its name, although it does an intense job of getting rid of puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles, you won’t have to worry much about irritation. You can also use this eye cream on your face and neck!
Retinol Intense Eye Cream, P640, SOME BY MI, Lazada
3. Soul Apothecary Perfection Retinol Complex
Soul Apothecary’s Perfection Retinol Complex has a higher percentage of retinol at 0.2%, but as long as you use the recommended amount, there is not much to worry about. Remember: A little goes a long way! This product also contains niacinamide, which is a key ingredient for acne prevention and treatment. It even comes in a smaller 15ml bottle that is perfect for those who aren’t ready to commit to retinol just yet.
Mild Child Hydrating Cleanser, P399, SAIPO, Lazada
5. Klued 0.1% Retinol + 0.3% Bakuchiol Serum
If you’re curious about retinol but don’t really have the money to splurge, this retinol serum by Klued is below P500. It is made with retinol, bakuchiol, panthenol, green tea leaf extract, sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, and grape seed oil. Each of these ingredients serve a unique purpose that’ll help produce collagen, fight hyperpigmentation, and restore the elasticity of your skin—all while you get a good night’s sleep.
0.1% Retinol + 0.3% Bakuchiol Serum, P344, KLUED, Lazada
6. Frankly Retinol 0.1 Wrinkle Repair Cream
Frankly specifically made this product to help new users begin their retinol journey. As its name suggests it has 0.1% retinol and other skin-nourishing ingredients such as niacinamide, shea butter, and Centella Asiatica extract so you can combat wrinkles and pimples while staying moisturized. They highly suggest using it together with their CICA 80 Hyaluronic Toner for the best results.
Retinol 0.1 Wrinkle Repair Cream, P499, FRANKLY, Lazada
7. Hello Glow Nourishing Night Cream
Hello Glow’s Nourishing Night Cream comes from the brand's Advanced Rejuvenating Set. This budget-friendly set comes with a cleanser, toner, and mattifying sunscreen that is supposed to work together to give you the best-looking skin. This set is not only for those eager to try retinol, but for those who want to learn how to develop a full skincare routine as well. Sets like these are great for beginners that don’t want to worry about what products work best with what.
Advanced Rejuvenating Set, On sale at P199 from P570, HELLO GLOW, Lazada
8. The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane
The Ordinary has become a staple when it comes to skincare because of their wide selection of solutions for all types of skin concerns. It comes as no surprise that they've got a retinol product that is both affordable and safe for beginners. Aside from 0.2% of retinol, squalane is also a key ingredient in this serum and helps strengthen the barrier of your skin while locking in moisture.
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, P489, THE ORDINARY, Lazada