Retinol is a powerful ingredient that lets skin cells behave younger. Paula's Choice retinol products that contain retinol are very effective against signs of ageing.

What is retinol?

Retinol - also known as Vitamin A - is a popular cell-communicating ingredient that tells skin cells to behave younger. Everyone can benefit from it, no matter what your skin type or concerns are.


Using retinol has many anti-aging benefits. It smooths out wrinkles and helps to stimulate the production of collagen. Also, retinol can improve uneven skin tone, (dark) spots and discoloration. Overall, it's a highly effective ingredient for younger-looking skin. If you are new to using retinol, it's important to mention that it's best to gradually build up the use of this ingredient in your routine and monitor your skin's response. Start with a lower percentage of retinol, if your skin responds well - you can try higher percentages. Read on if you want to learn more about our formulas and which retinol product (and percentage) is right for you.

Paula's Choice retinol products

Paula's Choice has many retinol formulas to add to your routine. As retinol is a strong ingredient, you may want to start with a low percentage, monitor how your skin responds and increase from there. Wondering which Paula's Choice products you can find vitamin A (retinol) in? Discover retinol products.

Retinol cream, serums, and moisturizer

Most day and night creams with retinol contain a low percentage of vitamin A. The perfect way to start. A retinol serum or treatment with 0.1% can already make a difference. Would you like to work with higher concentrations? Our 1% Retinol Booster or Clinical 1% Treatment are real retinol powerhouses and can be blended with your favorite moisturizer. Discover more products with retinol.

The truth about retinol

Is it impossible to use retinol together with your BHA exfoliant? Is it bad for your skin if you use retinol during the day? There is so much misinformation on the internet about retinol. We want to make sure you can get the most out of your retinol products. That's why we've consulted the research to debunk some myths surrounding this hero skincare ingredient.