ret·​i·​nol | \ ˈre-tə-ˌnȯl, -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

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Retinoic acid Good for: Stimulating collagen and cell turnover, exfoliation Retinoic acid, also called retinol or retinoid, is a vitamin A derivative that directly helps increase collagen production to stimulate cell turnover. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Pick the Right Skin-Care Acid for Your Concerns," 9 Oct. 2018 For more tips check out this post on how to use retinol safely and effectively. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Pick the Right Skin-Care Acid for Your Concerns," 9 Oct. 2018 This Best of Beauty-winning eye cream smooths lines using retinol, and boosts collagen (thanks to a combination of peptides) in the delicate skin under your eye area. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "The Best Beauty Deals From the Macy's Fall VIP Sale," 21 Sep. 2018 Her favorite retinol for skin that can handle a stronger product is Hydropeptide’s Nimni Cream, $110, a powerful anti-aging night cream than will also help mild acne caused by clogged pores. 2. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "4 Skin-Care Ingredients That Simultaneously Treat Acne and Signs of Aging," 31 Oct. 2018 Using retinol on your face can also increase your risk of injury from waxing. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Normal Are Your Skincare Habits?," 10 Sep. 2018 For anyone with melasma or mild hyperpigmentation, powerful ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, vitamin E, kojic acid, hydroquinone or licorice root are the perfect choice for their brightening capabilities. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Get brighter, glowing skin with these tips," 21 Aug. 2018 Retinyl palmitate and retinaldehyde are weaker, less-irritating forms of retinol. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 With a base of pure rosewater, this luxe treatment smells floral, feels thick and hydrating, and incorporates encapsulated retinol to treat and fill fine lines and uneven skin. Hallie Gould, The Seattle Times, "6 top products for smooth summer skin," 26 July 2018

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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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ret·​i·​nol | \ ˈret-ᵊn-ˌȯl, -ˌōl \

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