Dear Santa: Top five over-the-counter retinol cream gifts!

Since it is never too early for women ( and men) to start topical retinoids, consider the following five products as a gift for you or your loved one this holiday season. Click on the product name to view them!

Retinol is converted to retinoic acid in your skin and slowly over time can help skin discoloration, smoothen texture, and treat very fine lines. Since it is not as potent as prescription strength retinoids, retinol is more tolerable by most with less irritation but slower to see improvement with use. As long as retinol is the active ingredient, know that this chemical exfoliant should improve your skin over time if you stick with it.

1. Roc Retinol Correxion: $19 - $23

Roc is a well-known brand and creates widely used topical formulations of retinol that come as day creams, night creams, or eye creams. Overall, they work well and improve fine lines and light discoloration. You cannot go wrong with Roc.

2. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair: $28

With retinol, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid, this product should help improve and enhance the skin, targeting fine lines, age spots, and smoothen texture at reasonable price.

3. Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment: $35 - $40

Newer, simple product from the popular Philosophy brand. A little more pricey than Roc, but with a retinol product and its mild formula, it should deliver its promise of skin improvement over time with ongoing use.

4. Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment: $26-$34

Olay’s very well-established Regenerist brand continues to be a solid investment, tested over time, and used by millions of consumers. Their retinol products for anti-aging work by targeting wrinkles and fine lines while focusing on skin hydration. Olay is on par with other non-irritating equivalents on the market.

1. Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum: $88

This retinoid cream comes with a higher price tag and newer retinoid formulation. It boasts significant results in just two weeks and reduction of fines lines and smoother skin. The retinol agent does appear affective and should deliver results. Consider this higher end cream for anti-aging since it will be more tolerable than prescription strength retinoids but the price is nearly that of a prescription retinoid.