One of the most well-known ingredients in skin care used to treat acne and reduce and delay the visibile signs of aging is retinol. However, retinol is known for its unfavourable side affects which often outweigh its benefits. But that doesn’t mean you need to refrain from using retinol in your daily skin care routine. Eminence Organics offers several products that contain a natural alternative to retinol, allowing you to reap the benefits without the side affects.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A. Not able to be produced by the body naturally, it is often a popular ingredient in (anti-aging) skin care products - such as face creams, eye cream and serums - for its ability to increase the rate at which the skin turns over and regenerates, create collagen, combat free radicals, and erase fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is also effective in the treatment of acne, blackheads, and clogged pores by decreasing the stickiness of clogging cells and shrinking pores.
How Does Retinol Work?
Retinol has an exfoliating effect on the skin’s surface, helping to improve texture and tone by enabling your skin to grow healthy cells and shed dead layers more efficiently.
Collagen and elastin levels in your skin decline with time. Skin remains dense, plump, and wrinkle-free thanks to these proteins, which give crucial support and suppleness. The skin starts to loosen and droop as their production drops, and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Retinol not only encourages the formation of new collagen and elastin, but it also helps to prevent the breakdown of existing collagen and elastin, which creates a “plumping” effect that can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores.
What Does Retinol Treat?
Retinol is primarily used to treat the following skin conditions:
- fine lines
- sun spots and other signs of sun damage, sometimes called photoaging
- uneven skin texture
- Clears congestion
- Shrinks large pores
- Smooths uneven skin texture
- Keeps skin firm and plump
- Fades dark spots
There aren't many products that address so many facets of skin health at once, which is why retinol is considered a gold standard in skin care.
Retinol Side Effects
Retinol has a reputation for being harsh on the skin and regular use of retinol can cause the following side effects:
- UV sensitivity
Most dermatologists advise that you skip retinol if you suffer from rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Eminence Organics Natural Retinol Alternative
By choosing a natural, botanical-based alternative to retinol, you can receive the benefits while avoiding the unwanted side effects. Eminence Organics’ Natural Retinol Alternative is a compound that lifts and tightens the skin in the same way that artificial retinol does. It increases skin elasticity and suppleness while reducing the visible signs of aging caused by free radical damage. Unlike synthetic Vitamin A, this option is made up of chicory root and tara tree extract, two natural ingredients that deliver the same results as retinol without the downtime.
How to Use Natural Retinol Alternative in Your Skin Care Routine
We recommend using both a vitamin C serum and a natural retinol alternative daily, since they work synergistically to help your skin look its best. Vitamin C protects your skin from free radical damage caused by the sun and pollution, and retinol builds collagen and helps repair.
Our favourite Natural Retinol Alternative Product is award-winning Bamboo Firming Fluid by Eminence Organic Skin Care. This silky concentrate smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and tightens skin.
Do you use retinol or a natural retinol alternative in your skin care routine? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
Not sure if adding a natural retinol alternative to your skin care routine is right for you? We’re here to help! Reach out and we’ll guide you to products best suited to your skin concerns. Alternatively, take our skin quiz to find your Eminence Organics natural skin care solution.