The Fountain of Youth in a 30ml bottle

Pesky pimples and inevitable finelines seem to be the bane of most of our lives. Those that know me know that I’ve been on a whirlwind journey trying out hundreds of products that all claim to be the fountain of youth in a 30ml bottle. I’ve searched the high-end aisles as well as the more budget friendly brands and ultimately came to the conclusion that the best working formulation of this miracle product will set you back £70 but that isn’t to say that the cheaper options aren’t any good, their formulations still work and optimum results can be achieved it just takes a little longer.

Now that I’ve set the stage and got you skincare enthusiasts salivating I can reveal that the one and only, truly effective, fountain of youth, skincare must have is ….. Retinol.


  • What is Retinol?  
    Retinol is a form of vitamin A, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production improving skin texture and wrinkles.
  • How does Retinol work?
    Retinol prompts rapid cell turn over making way for new cell growth underneath hampering the breakdown of collagen and thickening the deeper layer of skin beneath where wrinkles get their form.
  • Will Retinol make my skin more sensitive to the sun?
    Retinol does make your skin more susceptible to UV rays and therefore needs to be protected so a daily SPF is essential.
  • Side effects of Retinol.
    • Dryness and irritation
    • Sensitivity to sunlight
    • Redness
  • Does Retinol help rid Acne?
    The healthy cell turnover also helps work on that stubborn cystic acne, and reduces acne breakouts by preventing dead cells from clogging pores.
  • The most impressive acne benefit?
    It’s been shown to reduce the formation of acne scars.  So when you kick acne to the curb, there’s no remaining trace of your horrible relationship with it.


Top 3 high-street Retinol products on the market:




‘1% retinol in squalane’ Sold at The Ordinary or online through various vendors. RRP – £5.80






‘Indeed Lab Retinol Reface’ Sold at Boots stores nationwide. RRP – £19.99






‘La Roche-Posay Redermic R’ Sold at Boots and Superdrug stores nationwide and through online vendors. RRP – £29.50




Top 3 high-end Retinol products on the market: 



‘SkinCeuticals Retinol 1%’ Sold online through various vendors. 1% strength sold on amazon. RRP – £70.00




‘Paula’s Choice Retinol 1%’ Sold online through various vendors on Paula’s choice. RRP – £53.00






‘Sunday Riley Luna’ Sold online on Cult Beauty. RRP – £45.00