5 Effective Alternatives to Retinol For Sensitive Skin

Retinol Alternatives Sensitive Skin
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We always talk about how important it is to incorporate a retinol into your skin care routine for its clinically proven anti-aging benefits. However, with retinol’s remarkable ability to soften lines, improve texture, and fade sun spots, comes sensitivity, dryness, irritation and sometimes photosensitivity. If you have sensitive skin or are just even wary of any of these side effects than we have some great news for you. We have found a few effective alternatives to retinol (and a new buzzy ingredient said to be equally as effective sans the irritation) that mimic the desired effects without any of the side-effects.

Bakuchiol might become the new ingredient to know about in skincare as it is a natural, plant-derived, retinol-like chemical compound that is a gentler alternative to retinol with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Recent studies have suggested that this ingredient reduces the depth and appearance of wrinkles by promoting the production of collagen and elastin without the skin irritation or sensitivity.

Continue reading to see which of these creams and serums is right for you, including ones that contain bakuchiol and/or other proven anti-aging ingredients.

1. Cliganic Rosehip Oil

Rosehip Oil is a popular, multi-purpose oil that is packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins A & C and antioxidants that work hard to moisturize the skin, clear out black spots, heal itchy skin and minimize wrinkling and the appearance of scars. This 100% pure and organic Rosehip Oil by Cliganic contains only pure and natural oil that is cold pressed and unrefined. Popular for its anti-aging and moisturizing properties, Rosehip Oil is the ultimate oil for the face, is fast absorbing and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Simply apply a single drop of oil onto your finger and gently pat into your more wrinkle-prone areas.

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2. La Roche-Posay Redermic C Moisturizer

La Roche-Posay has created their Redermic C Moisturizer as an anti-wrinkle, firming face moisturizer to visibly plump skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines with nary a retinol ingredient in sight. The anti-aging ingredients in this formulation include fragmented hyaluronic acid to visibly moisturize and plump up the skin and vitamin c which is a potent antioxidant to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Together they form this non-greasy moisturizer which has a velvety texture and should be used daily or nightly for total skin improvement.

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3. Ole Henricksen Goodnight Glow Sleeping Creme

Ole Henricksen’s Retin-Alt Sleeping Creme is an all-in-one perfecting night cream made with the naturally-derived Bakuchiol to deeply hydrate and target fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Since your skin goes into repair mode during the night, this rich cream makes the most of this time to exfoliate the skin’s surface while using bakuchiol to fight all major signs of aging. Also included in this transformative sleeping cream is edelweiss stem cell which is derived from a flower that thrives in harsh conditions to help improve elasticity.

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4. Biossance+Phyto-Retinol Serum

The Biossance Retinol Serum is a great, lightweight serum for all skin types that diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles while evening skin tone and reducing discoloration. This serum will not irritate or make skin photosensitive like most retinoids tend to do as it features the all-natural bakuchiol, along with Squalene and hyaluronic acid for intense hydration and moisture-locking properties. With daily use, clinical studies reported a reduction in the appearance of lines, wrinkles and an improvement in skin firmness.

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5. Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil

The Omorovicza Facial Oil is filled with an impressive ingredient roundup that is meant to nourish your skin and restore its youthful glow. This luxe oil contains VItamins A, C and E and Omgea-7 to strengthen the skin barrier by replensihing and restructuring while kelp extract functions as an antioxidant to protect collagen for great elasticity and firmer skin. The game changer is Bakuchiol, as mentioned above, which is the plant derived, retinol-like compound that helps with promoting the production of collagen. Rosehip, sweet almond and sea buckthorn berry oils round out the ingredient list for intense hydration. Add 1-2 drops into your daily serum or moisturizer or massage onto clean skin at night before your night cream.

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