Hailed as a wonder ingredient that combats a myriad of skin issues, retinol seems to have it all. Usually a key ingredient in all things anti-ageing (it helps to stimulate collagen and elastin production, and boost the turnover of new skin cells), beauty experts are saying its every bit worth the hype. But is it something that you should be adding to your regime, even if your skin’s not showing any signs of ageing at all?

It turns out that retinol isn’t only for those who are starting to see some wrinkles. It’s an excellent exfoliator, stimulating your skin cells’ natural turnover and preventing blocked pores. This in turn can help with other skin concerns, including spots and acne, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. And if all of that wasn’t enough, it gives you that coveted glow that we all want – not bad for one ingredient.

Even better, retinols are surprisingly simple to slot into your skincare routine, and don’t need to break the bank either.

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