Retinol is a popular over-the-counter form of retinoid (vitamin A) that is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, boost collagen, and treat acne. It's a common go-to for battling the signs of aging. However, it is also a very temperamental ingredient that can have severe side effects, which is why we opt to formulate without this difficult-to-use ingredient.
Retinol's Extreme Side Effects
Many first time users of retinol experience dryness, redness, and skin peeling and have to ease their way into using. It is also extremely photosensitive and can cause more drying, irritation, and even sun spots and wrinkles according the The Skin Cancer Society. It's advised to apply retinol exclusively at night and to wear sunscreen over it during the day. Additionally, a FDA study indicated that retinoid ingredients may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions on sun-exposed skin and the EWG gives it a safety rating of 9, the second-to-worst rating possible.
Retinol Is Not For Everyone
For people who are planning to be pregnant, are pregnant, or breast feeding, retinol and retinoids should be avoided as there are indications it can cause birth defects. And for those of you who have eczema and rosacea, retinol can cause flair-ups and do more bad than good.
Bakuchiol, The Natural Retinol Alternative
Fortunately there is an alternative to retinol that is safe and has similar positive results. Bakuchiol is a natural plant extract that functions similarly to retinol by encouraging cell turnover and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots. And the best part is it doesn't have a list of concerning side effects. We use the vegan extract in our Nourishing Cream alongside plant squalane to create a skin hydrating facial lotion that can help turn back the hands of time, safely.