Envy Medical Trifecting Night Cream
The Ingredient: Retinol/retinoids
The Product: Envy Medical Trifecting Night Cream ($85)
For those battling the one-two punch of acne and aging, vitamin A derivatives like retinol and powerful retinoids simply can't be beat. They push your skin to turn over faster, shedding dead cells and revealing fresh ones. This has an effect on everything from acne to pigmentation to fine lines.
"Retinoids are considered the most important first line of treatment for acne, as they can turn off the inflammation that causes acne, prevent pore clogging and buildup, and even help with some of the aftermath like discoloration and scarring," said Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at The George Washington University.
We're particular to this retinol night cream because it strikes the perfect balance of hydration and exfoliation. It uses encapsulated retinol, which activates on contact with the skin for incredible potency. It comes in two strengths, 0.2 percent and one percent, so you can ease your way into it without worrying about aggravating your skin with a too-potent potion.