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"Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty" - Coco Chanel.
Retinol is extremely effective in smoothing your skin, reducing the appearance of pores as well as fine lines and wrinkles. However, there can be negatives depending on how sensitive your skin is.
Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is derived from retinoids, which are chemically formulated. Sometimes, this can irritate the skin and cause peeling, flakiness or higher sensitivity to the sun.
Instead, there are plant-based alternatives which are natural, vegan and will be more kind to your skin while still ticking off all the benefits of retinol.
1. Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème by OLE HENRIKSEN
Ole Henriksen's all-in-one skin-perfecting night cream is a holy grail plant-based alternative to deeply hydrate and target fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
This product contains 'bakuchiol' which is a natural alternative to retinol and will still transform your skin overnight by making it look smoother and deeply hydrated.
Ole was inspired by the age-fighting benefits of retinol, but wanted to find a plant-based alternative...and so he found bakuchiol.
2. Bakuchiol Booster by BYBI
This is an all natural retinol alternative! This facial oil contains bakuchiol and olive squalane. It is a plant-derived, 100% natural and vegan retinol alternative (aka Vitamin A).
It claims to stimulate collagen production, improves your skin condition while gently reducing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles.
This little game-changer will go a long way in your night time skin routine and have you waking up with smooth, airbrushed skin.
3. Miracle Facial Oil by Omorovicza
This luxury facial oil gives you an instant hit of hydration while absorbing beautifully into your skin.
This product also contains bakuchiol as well as winged kelp extract and various oils. Together, this dream team will restore and maintain elasticity, boost collagen production, prevent fine lines, blur pores and keep your skin hydrated.
Massage a few drops into your face and neck before your night cream and you'll wake up with a refreshed, youthful complexion.
4. DermalQuench Liquid Lift + Retinol by Kate Somerville
Kate Somerville's plant-based treatment improves the appearance of a smooth, youthful glow and reduces pigmentation and fine lines.
This product contains hyaluronic acid and radiance boosting rare botanical extracts -resulting in a complexion that appears smoother, hydrated and healthier-looking.
Derived from two types of natural bioregions: babchi edible seed and Spanish needle extracts, these harness the power of retinol compounds to help reverse the visible signs of ageing.
Clinically proven results have shown women found significant improvement in their skin.
5. Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream by REN Clean Skincare
This breakthrough anti-aging cream delivers retinol results without the irritation.
REN Clean Skincare prides itself on clean and skincare that isn't harsh while still giving you real results.
Special ingredients in this include white beggar's tick flower extract which renews skin texture and smooths wrinkles. It also contains babchi seed extract which is a retinol alternative, as well as microalgae extract which helps to keep the skin plump and lifted.
On top of that, this product is cruelty free and, apart from the pump, is completely recyclable.
6. MATCHA Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask by Boscia
This super-antioxidant treatment detoxifies, decongests and de-stresses your skin.
Its main claim is protecting from harsh environmental factors and pollution as well as reducing redness and inflammation.
The mask is made with matcha green tea which is considered a "powerhouse" in reviving tired or stressed skin.
Importantly, it also contains bakuchiol as well as willow bark extract. This tag team will effectively promote collagen and elastin production, combats acne and ageing, as well as overall rejuvenation.
7. Super 16 by OSKIA
This advanced Nutri-active collagen serum is an anti-ageing product packed with 16 super nutrients and bio-actives designed to boost collagen synthesis.
Key actives include bakuchiol and Opuntia ficus-indica extract which is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.
This combination actively stimulates the key processes associated with retinol but without the sensitivity associated with it - healthier, younger looking skin - reversal of the signs of ageing, prevention of future damage and reduction in the symptoms of problem skin.
Bonus ingredients include Crithmum seaweed extract which helps detoxify and restore tired skin and punarnava extract which delivers immediate and long term soothing effects to help reduce redness & discomfort.