Retinoids are a pure form of vitamin A, they quickly work to purge your skin of old cells, slowing down your skin’s natural ageing process. One of the only ingredients clinically proven to smooth out skin and reduce signs of ageing are retinoids. Retinols are a more diluted, over the counter form of retinoids. Subsequently, products that contain a high amount of retinoic acid will require a prescription from your doctor to use.
Retinols are a great skin care ingredient for exfoliation and collagen stimulation. However, retinol-based products often contain unnatural preservatives and can also makes your skin much more sensitive to sunlight. This can potentially increase your risk of forming dark spots and wrinkles! If you are exposed to the sun for long periods of time, you may want to consider switching to a natural alternative. Especially if you are using retinols in your daily skin care routine.
Retinol alternatives are less irritating for the skin and can be used in good faith, year round. There’s no risk of redness, burning, or flaking skin. As a result, you won’t need a prescription to get your hands on any of the following ingredients.
Natural Alternatives to Retinol:
- Rose hip oil
- Sunflower seed oil
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)
- AHAs and BHAs
- Seaweed extract
- Mango butters