Vitamin A. Retinol. What’s the difference and what do they do? Long story short, they’re the same thing. But when suspended in a nourishing cream, vitamin A not only fights fine lines and wrinkles; it also restores hydration and combats irritation. Sounds like a dream combo, right? Right. Here are three vitamin A creams that restore a youthful glow sans redness.
The 3 Best Vitamin A Creams on Amazon
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Editors’ Pick: A313 Vitamin A Pommade
- Fades wrinkles and shrinks pores
- Mixes well with other night serums and creams
- Aluminum tube keeps product fresh
French pharmacies used to sell a similar cult-favorite product called Avibon (Gwyneth Paltrow herself was a fan), but it has since been discontinued. Lucky for us (and our newly formed wrinkles), this stuff is a close second. It’s made with 200,000 I.U. of vitamin A to target fine lines, discoloration, enlarged pores and dull-looking skin without irritation or a giant price tag. One PureWow editor tried it out, saying, “My skin-care motto: If it’s good enough for GP, it’s good enough for me. When the glowy skin goddess raved about a similar formula found in a product from France, I knew I had to try it. And it doesn’t disappoint. I found that my skin had fewer wrinkles and my glow was restored in about three or four weeks. It’s honestly worth so much more than $18, but I’ll take the price any day.”
Best Value: Puritan’s Pride Retinol Cream
- Delivers 100,000 I.U. of vitamin A per ounce
- Natural protective moisturizers keep skin soft
- Fades fine lines and wrinkles without drying out skin
Is it really so much to ask to have youthful skin our whole lives? The makers of this vitamin A cream think not. Mixed with natural protective moisturizers that soften and smooth the skin, vitamin A targets fine lines and wrinkles while you snooze. Hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon sing its praises for not being greasy and for leaving skin feeling like silk. A little goes a long way, too—one dab covers your whole face. All for the price of a fancy oat milk latte.
Splurge-worthy: Drunk Elephant A-passioni Retinol Anti-wrinkle Cream
- Made with vegan and gluten-free ingredients
- Retinol and supportive peptides restore bounce, resilience and clarity
- Evens skin tone and texture without redness and irritation
We were so excited for this vegan retinol cream to hit shelves earlier this year, and we admittedly jumped right on the bandwagon the second it came out. It restores bounce and clarity to skin almost instantly while diminishing deep-set wrinkles thanks to a vitamin F and A combo. The vitamin F improves skin texture while helping to calm signs of sensitivity (like redness and irritation), while vitamin A improves uneven skin tone and erases fine lines. This cream should still be applied at night, but it’s safe to use on sensitive skin types, so everyone can benefit from a little more glow.