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A Guide to Choosing Your Retinol



If anti-aging is one of your skin goals, retinol is arguably the most important product to add to your routine. A Vitamin A derivative, this anti-aging powerhouse speeds up cell turnover, resulting in smoother, more even-toned skin. It also stimulates the body’s collagen production, acting as a preventative against future fine lines and wrinkles. With a total of 6 unique retinoids on our shelves, it can be overwhelming to choose which one is right for you. Let’s break them down.

AlphaRet Overnight Cream
Always a Boss Gal fave, AlphaRet is the perfect introductory retinol. Formulated to be incredibly gentle on the skin, this combination of Retinoic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids gives you the benefits of a medical-grade retinol without any skin irritation. If you’ve never used a medical-grade retinoid before or just have sensitive skin, this is the retinol for you.

Intensive AlphaRet Overnight Cream
Formulated with a higher percentage of Glycolic Acid (18%) this version of AlphaRet gives you extra skin resurfacing benefits, still with little-to-no skin irritation. Choose this over regular AlphaRet if you’ve got a little more corrective work to do.

AlphaRet Clearing Serum
Formulated specifically for acne-prone skin, this is a perfect pick for someone struggling with breakouts but still looking for those anti-aging benefits. The addition of ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and Zinc help control oil production and soothe inflammation.

ZO Skin Health Retinol Skin Brightener
This retinol primarily works in the epidermis, or top layer of the skin, to address uneven pigment. It delivers a targeted, slow release of retinol to deliver maximum skin-brightening benefits.

ZO Skin Health Wrinkle + Texture Repair
This retinol is best for correcting textural issues, like deeper wrinkles or pitted acne scars. It primarily works in the skin’s dermal layer to remodel skin tissue and collagen on a deeper level.

ZO Skin Health Radical Night Repair
This 1% retinol is no joke and can be used as a nightly retinol or an at-home chemical peel (Remember the Boss Gal Peel Challenge?!). It’s great for someone who’s been in the retinol game for a while and best addresses uneven pigment and fine lines.

Think you’ve found your retinol match? Pop into one of our three locations in Grandview, Clintonville or Easton Town Center to add one to your anti-aging routine.

Still need more info before you decide? Set up a free consultation with one of our Skin Bosses, and they’ll help you choose the best retinol to address your skin concerns.