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5 of the Best Drugstore Retinol Serums for Every Skin Type

Retinol is a skincare a MVP. It helps minimize and prevent wrinkles, boosts collagen and evens-out skin texture—and it's available at your local Canadian drugstore.

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Buzzwords come and go in skincare, but retinol is an everlasting star. A derivative of vitamin A, this superstar ingredient boosts collagen and skin cell production while exfoliating skin, unclogging pores and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The result? Skin looks smooth and refreshed, like you just had a mini-facial—so it’s no wonder retinol’s forever buzzy.

As Vancouver-based dermatologist, Dr. Monica Li previously told Best Health, “Retinol is key. It helps produce collagen, so it helps reduce fine lines and shrink the appearance of the size of pores.” Results can be visible in under three months (as long as you use it consistently), and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune—there are many standout retinol serums available at your local drugstore.

But before we get into our product roundup, a warning: It’s important to start slow with retinol—and stock up on moisturizer. “It can be drying and irritating, but it’s still effective even if used just two to three times a week,” says Li. If you have super dry skin, apply a layer of moisturizer after (and/or before) applying retinol.

Read on for five of the best drugstore retinol serums for every skin type.

(Related: 8 Drugstore Eye Creams for Every Skin Need)

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