Bettin’ on Retinol


October 19, 2016 | By

New, breakthrough anti-aging procedures seem to be cropping up daily. Many are remarkable… and most are expensive. As an alternative, I keep going back to my skin secret: retinol. Also known as retinoid or vitamin A, retinol works its multi-tasking magic when it comes to stopping the clock.

“You can’t be a dermatologist and not love retinol, says celebrity dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman. “Retinoids are the most well studied and have the longest track record of any other ingredient in anti-aging. They help with fine lines, wrinkles, texture, pigmentation, and pores.”

I, personally, also like to use retinol to keep my hormonal acne flare-ups at bay.

Retinols can be confusing to work into your skincare routine because there are so many different choices available both from your dermatologist and over-the-counter. Plus, many people are afraid to use retinol because of how irritating and drying it can be for skin. But don’t be intimidated. If you use it properly, you’ll reap the most beautiful benefits.

Here are  two different retinol use strategies:

  1. Since prescription strength retinols are usually stronger than over-the-counter versions, they can irritate the skin, causing some redness and dryness. I recommend using a prescription strength retinol from a dermatologist every other night, and on your night off, use a very moisturizing night cream.
  2. Or every night, use a gentler over-the-counter product. I prefer these options:

My high-end over-the- counter pick: KARYNG by Dr. Karyn Grossman Retinol Renewing Serum


My drugstore over-the-counter pick: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture


I like both of these products because they also contain moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help to combat the redness and dryness of the retinol.

Retinol eye cream is designed specifically for the delicate area around the eyes, working to combat fine lines and wrinkles. I recommend RoC Retinol Correction Sensitive Eye Cream at night.


No matter what type of retinol you’re using, be diligent about applying SPF 30+ to your face and neck during the day. When you’re fighting aging with retinol, your skin becomes more sensitive, and you don’t want to reverse all your hard work with damaging sun exposure.

For more anti-aging beauty and skincare tips, please subscribe to my YouTube channel Beauty Beyond 40.

If you have any tips to add about retinol, or any other product picks, I’d love to see your comments!


Trina Albus is the founder of MAGENTA AGENCY, the social marketing agency for beauty brands, including Kardashian Beauty, Dr. Brandt Skincare, Jouer Cosmetics, GLAMGLOW, KARYNG Skincare and NOTE Professional Cosmetics. Before founding MAGENTA, she worked at Price Waterhouse, Discovery Communications, Time Inc, and BeachMint. She is a contributor to Financial Times Press book, 33 Million People in the Room: How to Create, Influence, and Run a Successful Business with Social Networkinand to Damian Ryan’s Understanding Social Media. Trina lectures and collaborates regularly at universities including Stanford, UCLA, USC, and NYU.


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