My Favorite Retinol

I am really excited about today’s partnership with Olay. I’m back to talk about Olay’s Retinol24 Night Moisturizer. I LOVED it when I tried it last year. I couldn’t believe the transformation my skin had– it felt smoother and brighter and my actual skin tone appeared much more even. I loved it so much that I had essentially scraped the container clean until it was fully gone, getting every last drop.

But then… I tried another moisturizer. Once the pandemic hit, I pretty much stopped wearing makeup and I thought my skin looked fine and felt good. However, when I put on foundation for the first time in months, I was kind of shocked at how terribly it went on. My skin wasn’t as moisturized as I thought and my makeup looked splotchy and uneven.

Re-enter: Olay Retinol24 Night Moisturizer. Within a few days, I noticed a difference again in how my makeup and sunscreen applied. And after two weeks, I definitely saw a noticeable difference in the brightness of my skin and the lessening of lines. It’s funny, even though I knew the product worked great from my last experience, sometimes you need to stop using it to really notice how great it is… by realizing the negative changes! I’m totally kicking myself for switching to something else…

I’m happy to work this back into my nightly routine. As with before, I was hesitant to use a retinol because I knew it could be a little aggressive for sensitive skin. Olay’s Retinol24 is a perfect option for sensitive skin because it’s specially formulated to moisturize for 24 hours– so you get the benefits of a retinol without the harsh side effects… all for an affordable cost. Even Vogue agrees naming it the “Best Drugstore Moisturizer.”

Retinol is light sensitive so it’s most-effective when you apply it at night and sleep on it. Personally I love this because you wake up with glowy, dewy skin that looks great with or without makeup. Pro tip apply it all the way down your next too! Great way to try to prevent “text neck” wrinkles.

Thank you Olay for sponsoring this post! 

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I’ve been meaning to work one in to my nightly routine, but always am confused on order of operations. How do you pair this with other serums and what not? Do you use it every night? Thanks!!


I do every other night personally! And you swap it in for your nightly moisturizer. So whenever you’d normally use a moisturizer you use this instead


Dang, I just ordered more of this yesterday and wish I would’ve waited so I could’ve ordered via your affiliate link!! Next time 🙂 Love this stuff!!


Thanks for the review, Carly! Have you tried their retinol serum? How would you compare this to the serum? I ask because I am currently using the serum and am not finding it to be very impactful at all… I also don’t love the packaging (the syringe is just not effective). Would love your thoughts on how this compares!


I have tried the serum, I personally liked the moisturizer more because it could be used in place of my regular moisturizer!