Sensitive skin? Try these amazing alternatives to retinol! Sensitive skin? Try these amazing alternatives to retinol!

Sensitive skin? Try these amazing alternatives to retinol!

Retinol reigns in the skincare routine world, but there are some innovative products that are casting a shadow over it!

Retinol is probably the most effective antiaging active that has gained its name because it actually works —and results show in no time. However, there is one big downside: it is as strong as it gets, and a lot of people with sensitive skin can’t tolerate it.
The most common side effects of retinol are dryness, flaking, and redness. It is also deactivated by the sun, reason why it has to be used as part of your night routine. Oh, and let’s not forget that it is also not safe to use it during pregnancy. We love you, retinol, but it is time to move on to these wonderful alternatives:

Ret-alt: bakuchiol


You have probably heard of this before. Bakuchiol is derived from a Southeast Asian plant that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, but it was only recently that scientists compared the two components (retinol and bakuchiol) to find out that they have shockingly similar effects when it comes to improving wrinkles and spots. Besides having almost no irritating side effects, bakuchiol is also an antibacterial so it makes it a great option for those who are prone to having acne. 

Bidens Pilosa

This is a flower that contains phytanic acid, an ingredient that has been shown to act like retinol by triggering collagen production. Besides, phytanic acid also stimulates the production of elastin and helps fight free radicals, too.

Ret-Alt: Niacinamide


This is a well-known active ingredient that is popular for being really gentle. It is a form of vitamin B3 that is excellent for calming redness and inflammation (perfect for acne-prone skin) and it helps combat hyperpigmentation, too. Collagen-wise, it is not as effective as retinol, but it most certainly helps strengthen the skin barrier.

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