As far as skin care goes, there's a sort of unspoken belief that to get real results, you've got to be willing to shell out a significant amount of money. And sure, there are plenty of luxurious buys from high-end brands to support the belief (many of which are arguably well worth splurging on). But the truth is that you don't have to part ways with all your hard-earned dough to reveal the complexion of your dreams — and these top-rated drugstore retinol products at Target are proof.
You know retinol for being the skin care wonder that tackles uneven skin tone, dullness, breakouts, fine lines, and loss of firmness (really, what doesn't it do?), but you're also probably familiar with its related side effects, including redness, irritation, and increased sensitivity to the sun. Mere mention of the latter probably makes you wary of going for budget iterations of the beauty staple, but when you're buying the bestselling options available at your local Target you can rest assured that its no risk and all reward.
New on the scene but already earning no shortage of glowing reviews is the three-product Olay Regenerist Retinol24 line. The noteworthy collection includes a facial serum, an eye cream, and a moisturizer, $29 each, all designed for nighttime use and formulated with a vitamin B and retinol blend that works around the clock to smooth and strengthen skin without irritation.
Plenty of longtime favorites are still notable — like RoC's Retinol Correxion Eye Cream, just $16, that boasts over 1,880 reviews at Target and a 4.6-star rating for rejuvenating the area around your eyes without damage to the delicate skin, and L'Oreal's Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer, $15.49, that continues to rake in thousands of glowing comments for its deeply hydrating but lightweight feeling that results in a brighter complexion.
Believe it or not, there's plenty more affordable retinol products where those came from. Next time you're stocking up on essentials at the big box store, take a stroll down the skin care aisle and pick up one of these top-rated favorites — or keep scrolling to shop them right away, below.
RoC's Retinol eye cream boasts over 1,880 gleaming reviews and 4.6 stars — fans say it works wonders on dark circles, fine lines, puffiness, and a non-greasy feel.
Over 4,000 reviewers can't be wrong — so snag longtime favorite Revitalift moisturizer for deep hydration with a light feel, no strong fragrance, and softer, smoother skin with every use. There's a reason it's got a 4.5-star rating, and the under-$16 price tag doesn't hurt either.
Nearly 1,500 reviews and a 4.6-star rating prove the superstar quality of Olay's nightime retinol moisturizer, which remains active on the skin for a full 24 hours and reveals a more hydrated complexion immediately and smoother skin over time.
Olay's Retinol 24 Serum has already earned over 1,400 reviews and a 4.5-star rating thanks to its easy-to-apply consistency and fast-acting skin smoothing results.
This retinol eye cream has raked in nearly 1,700 glowing reviews for providing lightweight yet rich and creamy hydration that reduces darkness around the yes. Fans say the retinol brightens and smooths eyes without irritation, breakouts, or dryness, and have given it a 4.5-star rating overall.
Despite retinol's reputation for irritating skin, fans of La Roch-Posay's retinol face cream say it's a dream for those with sensitive skin. It's earned a 4.5-star rating for smoothing and gently resurfacing the complexion without redness or irritation.
Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream has racked up just shy of 600 reviews and a 4.1-star rating for its ability to quickly plump skin to make pores and fine lines a thing of the past.
Palmer's Night Renewal Cream is formulated with retinol to help reveal brighter, smoother skin overnight, and has earned an impressive 4.7-star rating as a result. Fans say it feels lightweight on the face, but doesn't skimp on hydration for plumped skin.
Users with sensitive skin praise CeraVe's retinol face cream for being a gentler option — that's why it has earned an overall 4.2-star rating.