At 45+ I have tried my fair share of skincare products, some have been winners, many promising the fountain of youth, but leave me looking exactly the same, to my dismay. But a new breed of miracle Retin-Alts is changing the clean beauty game.
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Back in 2016 I was doing some research for a skincare segment on The Marilyn Denis Show and came across an ingredient known as 'bakuchiol', a newly discovered, plant-based retinol alternative. It's a natural compound obtained from Indian babchi seeds (Psoralea Corylifolia) and is making some pretty big waves in green beauty. And for good reason!
A study conducted back in 2018 on bakuchiol showed similar skin benefits to retinol — including an overall reduction in fine wrinkles and pigmentation associated with natural and photoaging — without the side effects that often come with the use of retinol, like dryness and skin irritation.
If you've used Retinol you know it can also irritate the skin terribly and can cause inflammation, eczema, and even rosacea. With 'bakuchiol', you have all the benefits without all the side effects.
Top recommendations for natural Retin-Alt
Enter Corpa Flora, this Canadian skincare brand prides itself on top-notch clean beauty that works and their Antidote 2, which contains 'bakuchiol', is a real stand out for me.
I've been using it for 4 months before bed, every night. It's super light and is absorbed very quickly, you don't need much. It comes in a pump, I only pump it halfway, it's more than enough.
It has a very light, pleasant scent. My skin felt really good in the morning and I did find that apply my makeup was easier. I felt overall it did help smooth out my complexion as well. My skin is a little more glowly as well.
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A gentle alternative formula for people with sensitive skin looking for the benefits of Retinol without its side effects. This ANTIDOTE is a good source of fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 7, and 9).
The second hero product I want to tell you about is the Fullmoon Serum from Graydon. I've been using Graydon's products for as long as I can remember and have never been let down. This one is no exception.
The botanical retinol included in Fullmoon Serum has many proven benefits and mechanisms of action similar to conventional retinol but with improved tolerance and greater stability (it can even be safely worn during the day).
Botanical retinol is an extract from the Vigna Aconitifolia (Moth Bean) seed and is not actually a vitamin A derivative. Vigna Aconitifolia is a type of legume native to India and Pakistan. This potent extract has been proven to be as effective in skin care products as synthetic retinoids.
Research shows that Vigna aconitifolia extract penetrates into the skin, where it works on a molecular level to jump-start the production of collagen and boost cell renewal. Additionally, this botanical alternative to retinol contains phenolic compounds – caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, and kaempferol.
I used it for about 6 months, it has a sweet subtle scent which I love.
It goes on smoothly and is not greasy at all. It absorbs very quickly and a little goes a long way. Overall I did notice less redness and more even skin tone after using it. Use the code ECOHUB for 10% off.
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