ret·​i·​nol | \ ˈre-tə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce retinol (audio) , -ˌnōl \

Definition of retinol

: the chief and typical vitamin A C20H29OH that is a highly unsaturated alicyclic alcohol used in various forms in medicine and nutrition

Examples of retinol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The duo rely on retinaldehyde, which is the most potent form of retinol available without a prescription. Rachel Nussbaum, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2021 She’s the queen of the clear complexion, all the way down to her age-targeting products like this new retinol eye cream. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 31 Dec. 2021 This oil is very rich in antioxidants and contains the star ingredient Bakuchiol, which is an incredible natural retinol alternative and safe to be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Angela Lei, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 However, Agency Future Formula with Tretinoin reunited me with the retinol about eight months ago. Devon Abelman, Allure, 20 Sep. 2021 Here’s some news Glossier fans will love: The brand behind skincare favorites Balm Dotcom and Milky Jelly Cleanser is adding a new fragrance-free retinol cream to its offerings. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Aug. 2021 Piper suggests not using benzoyl peroxide with retinol, as both can be irritating. Jacqueline Kilikita,, 6 July 2021 Check out L'Oreal's Revitalift moisturizer that not only moisturizes your face, but also smoothes wrinkles and plumps skin thanks to hero ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, and vitamin C, too. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Oct. 2021 Avène's formula pairs retinaldehyde (the most gentle form of retinol) with a collagen-boosting peptide and antioxidant to keep environmental stress at bay, along with vitamin E and the brand's trademark French thermal spring water to soothe skin. Rachel Nussbaum, Travel + Leisure, 22 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of retinol

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retinol

retin- + -ol entry 1; from its being the source of retinal

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“Retinol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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ret·​i·​nol | \ ˈret-ᵊn-ˌȯl How to pronounce retinol (audio) , -ˌōl How to pronounce retinol (audio) \

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