The Most Effective Retinol Products For Every Skin Type
The Most Effective Retinol Products For Every Skin Type

The Most Effective Retinol Products For Every Skin Type

Retinol is known as the gold standard for anti-ageing. Proven to increase cell turnover and boost collagen for suppler, smoother-looking skin, the benefits of this vitamin A derivative are endless. But given its potency, it’s important to find products that will maintain balance in your skin and not cause sensitivities. Enter Elizabeth Arden, whose new capsules and water cream work together to gently overhaul your complexion. Here’s what you need to know…

Created in partnership with ELIZABETH ARDEN

Firstly, The Hype…

Both these products have generated serious buzz in the beauty world and it’s easy to see why. Known for its effective, potent and reliable skincare that doesn’t aggravate or exacerbate existing issues, Elizabeth Arden only follows scientific evidence and uses ingredients that are proven to work. So, for those wanting to try retinol without risking sensitivities, these new products are a no-brainer. Working in tandem, the capsules boost skin’s firmness and brightness, while the cream is one of the few retinol-based moisturisers you can use without the need to build up your dosage gradually – it’s that gentle. It works on the thin skin around the neck area, too.

The Ingredients That Work…

Pure retinol is combined with HPR (high performance retinol) in both products for maximum efficacy. The latter is a next-generation retinoid that continues to improve the look of your skin long after it’s been applied. Both formulas contain ceramides and hyaluronic acid to cushion any harsh effects, while added peptides work hard to strengthen skin over time, boosting its resilience and tone. There’s also bisabolol inside both – an ingredient that’s known to soothe skin and minimise irritation. It’s why you’ll find you can use them regularly without downtime.


Retinol + HPR Ceramide Capsules Rapid Skin Renewing Serum

Elizabeth Arden is known for its single-dose skincare capsules which contain a host of buzz-worthy ingredients. Because they’re sealed, they preserve the potency of what’s inside for maximum effect. Full of retinol and nourishing ceramides, which keep hydration sealed into your skin’s barrier, these ones are proven to reduce the size of pores and minimise the appearance of wrinkles within a week. As the serum is pre-measured, you never have to worry about overdoing it. You can apply them day or night, but always follow up with SPF. With regular use, expect fine lines to appear smoother, dark spots to diminish, and skin texture and tone to visibly improve.

* Based on a consumer study of 47 participants after 2 weeks.
** Based on a consumer study of 57 panelists, 50% of which had delicate skin and 50% who were first-time retinol users.
*** Based on a clinical study of 30 participants after 8 weeks.

Retinol + HPR Ceramide Rapid Skin-Renewing Water Cream

This is one of the most pleasant retinol-based creams we’ve ever used. Silky and lightweight, the texture absorbs fast and feels cooling on the skin. Designed to be used after the capsules, it contains the same retinol and ceramide-rich formula, while added peptides, hyaluronic acid and botanicals keep skin soothed and looking plump. Ideal for those new to retinol, it will slip into any existing routine and is effective at speed – expect to see results within a couple of weeks. 

* Based on a consumer study of 57 participants after 2 weeks.
** Based on a consumer study of 57 panelists, 50% of which had delicate skin and 50% who were first-time retinol users.
*** Based on a consumer study of 74 participants after 2 weeks.


I love the texture of the serum. MY SKIN FEELS HYDRATED AND SMOOTH. The individual capsules are perfect for travelling or taking to the gym.
I love these retinol capsules. I USE THEM EVERY NIGHT and MY SKIN FEELS SO SOFT. I suffer with sensitivities but they HAVEN'T CAUSED ANY IRRITATION. I'll be buying them again.
I've been using the retinol moisturiser every night. My skin seems to be HEALTHIER and have a NICE GLOW TO IT. It HASN’T MADE ME BREAK OUT AT ALL.
I have been using this cream regularly for about three weeks, and have noticed a VISIBLE IMPROVEMENT IN MY FINE LINES and small wrinkles. It is very LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASY TO APPLY all over the face. The push pump mechanism is also a great feature.

*All reviews taken from


Here are some of the most common questions surrounding vitamin A answered…

+What Are The Key Benefits?

Highly regarded by dermatologists and skin therapists, retinol is one of the best ingredients for improving the signs of ageing. It stimulates cellular turnover in the skin, pushing fresh cells to the surface for a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. It also helps clear pores to keep blemishes at bay.

+At What Age Should You Start Using It?

From the age of 25, your collagen levels start to deplete, so this is often seen as an ideal time to start using retinol. Having said that, your early 30s is an equally appropriate time, and some will find that a better period to transition to regular usage.

+How Often Should You Apply Retinol?

Experts always recommend incorporating retinol into your routine gradually – especially if you’re prone to sensitivities. Some can be applied daily – like Elizabeth Arden’s serum and cream – but if you’re being cautious, start by applying retinol twice a week, then increase it after two weeks to every other night. After another two weeks, you can use it nightly if your skin is happy. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid retinol altogether.

+Finally, Are There Any Common Myths About Retinol?

One myth is that retinol thins the skin, but it does the opposite as it stimulates the collagen-producing cells in your skin’s dermis, which thickens it up. Another myth is it’s only for those with mature skin. Vitamin A (retinol) is a great treatment for acne and those prone to breakouts, as it keeps cell turnover high and, as a result, skin looks renewed and smooth.

Keen to try the products? Shop now at

DISCLAIMER: We endeavour to always credit the correct original source of every image we use. If you think a credit may be incorrect, please contact us at

Fashion. Beauty. Culture. Life. Home
Delivered to your inbox, daily