Do Retinols immediately come to mind when you think of anti-aging serums? Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A and is the most popular ingredient in the Skin Care world with it’s ability to increase firmness and diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines.
When Retinol is applied topically on the skin, it is converted into retinoic acid by enzymatic action. Unfortunately retinols are also extremely harsh on the skin and cause side effects such as hypersensitivity, hyperpigmentation, acne outbreaks, dryness, redness, peeling and flaking. Ironically, this is NOT what we are looking for! Read on to find out why it’s so important to switch from retinols to gentler natural alternatives.
Why Your Skin Needs Retinol Alternatives
Although Retinol benefits the skin with collagen stimulation and exfoliation, it cannot be overlooked that it is also a photosensitizing agent, and also incites problems like hyperpigmentation, skin redness and hypersensitivity. When used improperly they can actually increase wrinkle depth over time!
Since retinols are popular, the actual effective forms of this ingredient are highly priced. Cheaper ‘Drugstore’ alternatives use synthetic derivatives like Retinyl Palmitate which can be toxic to the skin.
Luckily, there are natural, skin-friendly alternatives to retinols that provide much better and safer results.
How Effective are Natural Alternatives to Retinol ?
If not for its considerable side effects, retinol is a very effective anti-aging ingredient. As such, it can be difficult to find alternative ingredients that can provide the same results. However, there ARE alternatives such as cutting edge Skin Peptides, naturally derived Vitamin A and C, Gotu Kola and many other time tested Ayurvedic botanical extracts…all of which work in a synergistic manner, and are perfectly non-invasive, non-toxic methods to improve skin texture, while visibly diminishing wrinkles and fine lines. Versus traditional retinoid serums, even sensitive skin (Pitta Dosha) can easily tolerate these antioxidant-enriched natural alternatives. The formulas can also be a great help for those who are excessively prone to dry skin (Vata dosha).
What are the Best Natural Alternatives to Retinol
If you are seeking a similar performance to retinols, here are our top suggestions:
Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide) aka ‘Botox in a Jar’ and Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide) are state of the art biologically based ingredients that are used in most very high-end products for effective anti-aging results. Used in the perfect, clinically proven effective concentration in our BioScience Peptide Complex, this powerful skin peptide duo stimulates collagen synthesis at deeper levels and increases Collagen I and IV and net Hyaluronic Acid content. It visibly reduces wrinkle depth in the face, delicate eye area, neck and décolleté within 60 days..guaranteed!
Retinols are chemically Vitamin A, but they have barely any truly bioavailable Vitamin A which can be utilized by the skin. The true benefits of Vitamin A can be obtained from Pro Vitamin A Carotenoids or Beta carotene which enter the skin and converts into retinol and glycoproteins. Some of the best sources of Natural Vitamin A are Carrots, Apricots, Sweet Potatoes, Papaya and Spinach.
Vitamin C tightens, firms and heals the skin, providing UV and environmental stress protection, resulting in slowed signs of aging. Vitamin C also induces deep hydration while boosting collagen production, brightening skin, and reducing hyperpigmentation.
Gotu Kola Works in a similar manner as Retinoids/Retin A to increase cellular turnover and in free radical scavenging, but without harshness or irritation. It also strengthens the collagen net, and helps to treat sensitive skin conditions like rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
Bilberry contains Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Quercetin and other powerful antioxidants, which help slow the aging process and improves overall skin health.
How to Add an Alternative Retinol Treatment to Your Skin Regimen
Look for products that contain ingredients mentioned above and always start with a patch test to make sure your skin isn’t allergic to any of the components. Alternative retinols works best when added to your nightly skin care regimen after through cleansing and hydrating your face with a suitable Organic Cleanser and Hydrator.
Seek for concentrated (low water content), non-alcoholic and non-comedogenic formulas to ensure stability of antioxidants and allow the actives to reach deep into the skin cells. The formula should also contain natural moisturizing agents to offset dryness, increase effectiveness and nourish skin for a radiant, healthy, ageless look.