If we’ve learned anything about skin care over the past few years, it’s that a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a better product. Drugstores are chock-full of hardworking serums, moisturizers, and treatments that punch far above their weight class—and won’t drain your bank account in exchange for plumping, smoothing, and refining. To name a few, L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, and Olay Retinol24 are winners in our book. Every once in a while though, we’re intrigued by something new and by an unfamiliar brand. Enter, Baebody Retinol Moisturizer Cream, a shea butter and vitamin E bolstered formula that comes with a flock of 5-star reviews, 3,000-plus strong.
Fans praise it as a “Surprisingly fantastic product!” and “The best ever!” In fact, there are more than a few Amazon reviewers who were delighted at the results they received for a product that clocks in just under $20. To these brave reviewers we say, our hats are off to you. Trying out a product without the approval of Mama, cousin Liza, and even our chatty neighbor three houses down takes gumption and confidence—and clearly it pays, at least in the case of Baebody’s Retinol Moisturizer Cream.
Retinol products are typically called on to smooth fine lines, brighten, and even clear up congested skin—benefits that many Baebody reviewers stand by. But what about the irritation? It’s a common side effect associated with retinol use. While the brand recommends using the moisturizer both day and night, starting off slow is typically in your best interest. When it comes to retinol, introducing the product by slowly working it into your skin care routine (starting with every other day or even just twice a week) can reduce irritation which could cause you to call it quits before seeing results.
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As with any product that calls on vitamin A (retinol), SPF is a must—even if you’re just using it at night. Your skin could even become more sensitive to brow waxing, exfoliation, etc. so tread lightly as you see how your skin reacts.