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What Are Natural Retinoids Exactly?

What Are Natural Retinoids Exactly?

In recent years, many people have been on the hunt for retinol alternatives that are much gentler on the skin than regular, full strength retinoids and retinols. And what we've found is natural retinoids, like bakuchiol, sea fennel, and HPR. But what are natural retinoids, and are they as effective as retinol?

Are you familiar with retinoids and retinol? They’ve certainly been the talk of the internet in the past year or two. Recently, skincare enthusiasts have started talking about choosing more “natural” products, especially for their retinol products. 

In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the differences between synthetic and natural retinol alternatives, the best retinol alternatives, and how we developed our botanical alternative to retinol: the dermacosmetics product lineup.

What Are Retinoids and Retinol?

As we’ve discussed in a previous blog, retinoids and retinol are both forms of vitamin A that are used in skincare products to treat a variety of conditions, including acne, wrinkles, and age spots. They work by increasing the turnover of skin cells. While both products do the same thing, there is a big difference between retinoids and retinol:

  • Retinoids are a group of vitamin A derivatives that are converted into retinoic acid, which is the active form of vitamin A. Retinoids are available by prescription and over the counter.
  • Retinol is a type of retinoid that is available over the counter. It is less potent than prescription retinoids, but it is still effective for treating a variety of skin conditions.

What Are “Natural Retinol Alternatives?”

Many skincare aficionados are rightfully interested in what goes into the products they use on their skin. Traditional, human-made retinoids and retinol can be incredibly harsh on the skin – not to mention the fact that producing and testing skincare chemicals can be harmful to animals and the environment. But, is there a botanical alternative to retinol and retinoids?

Natural retinol alternatives are plant-based ingredients that have similar benefits to retinol. They are often gentler on the skin than retinol, and they may be a good option for people with sensitive skin. Some of the best retinol alternatives include bakuchiol, rosehip oil, vitamin C, and niacinamide (and you’ll see some of these in our products!).

Bakuchiol has been the most intriguing one on everyone’s radar. According to many sources, bakuchiol works to significantly improve the skin. For example, this study found “that, after 12 weeks treatment, significant improvement in lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, firmness and overall reduction in photo-damage [age spots] was observed, without usual retinol therapy-associated undesirable effects.”

Rejuvaskin’s Botanical Alternative To Retinol

Here at Rejuvaskin, we chose to toss those man-made chemicals to the curb. Instead, we use bakuchiol, sea fennel, and HPR in our gentle, natural retinoid products. We blended all three of these ingredients into our Tri-RetinX blend that goes into our Face Serum and Eye Cream

If you are looking for a gentle and effective way to improve the appearance of your skin, we encourage you to try our Dermacosmetics Bundle. This bundle contains three specifically-designed products that can help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of aging. When used as a part of your own unique skincare routine, you’re sure to see improvements in your skin – without all of the irritation that comes with other retinoid and retinol products.


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