Retin-A Alternatives That Work Without the Redness


Retin-A Alternatives that Work Without the Redness

I love fighting wrinkles. I need to fight wrinkles. And by fight, I mean prevent and reduce. And my wrinkles I mean wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and acne. What I don’t want, is to replace the wrinkles with irritated, red and peeling skin. So while Retin-A is the superpower wrinkle fighter, it can be too harsh for my sensitive skin. If you are the same, you want to try some of these Retin-A alternatives that actually work without the redness and peeling.

Retin-A is a synthetic version of Vitamin C. It started as a medication to fight acne, and it was soon discovered it’s benefits included reducing wrinkles and dark spots. While the benefits of Retin-A have been proven, redness and flaking are common side effects. As a result, one downside of Retin-A is that is can’t be used everyday by most people because of these side effects.

1. Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is a natural and vegan alternative to Retin-A. Bakuchiol is an extract of the Babchi plant commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. Bakuchiol works by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. However, while it has the same benefits of Retin-A, you won’t experience the same redness, peeling and flaking so you can use it everyday, or if you have sensitive skin. In addition, bakuchiol does not irritate or make skin photosensitive like retinoids, so it may be used during the day.

Check out these top-rated bakuchiol game-changers:

Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil

The Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil is powered by Bakuchiol, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil and Borage Seed Oil for these benefits: promoting the product of collagen, strengthening the skin’s barrier, and delaying premature aging.

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum is lightweight, effective serum featuring bakuchiol.  It is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle™ Retin-ALT Power Serum

The Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power serum contains AHAs and bakuchiol to fight fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and enlarged pores. It is also powered by Edelweiss, a delicate flower to improve elasticity and by hibiscus to even skin tone.

Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow™ Retin-ALT Sleeping Creme

Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow™ Retin-ALT Sleeping Creme exfoliates your skin while deeply hydrating your skin as you sleep. You will wake up with brighter skin and a glow that lasts all day!

2. Rosehip Oil

Rosehip Oil is another popular Retin-A alternative. Reship Oil is derived naturally from Vitamin A (Retin-A is a synthetic form of Vitamin A) and has been shown to drastically reduce wrinkles and sun spots. It’s also full of Vitamins C & E and linolenic acids to diminish scars and age spots. Rosehip oil is also a “dry” oil so it’s easily absorbed and won’t leave you looking or feeling greasy.

Check out these top-rated rosehip oils:

Kora Organics Noni Glow Face

Kora Orgaince Noni Glow Face oil is made with certified organic noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil and sea buckthorn oil. The formula is designed to absorb quickly into dehydrated skin to smooth, nourish, and brighten while providing a natural glow.

Aura Cacia Organic Rosehip Seed Skin Care Oil

I personally love the Aura Cacia Rosehip oil because it’s incredibly affordable and available at Target, so it’s easy to pick up while I’m doing my regular weekend shopping. It contains pure Vitamin A to replenish and restore mature or sun-damaged skin. It also contains essential fatty acids, including linoleum acids to restore suppleness. 

3. Argan Oil

Argan Oil is often referred to as “liquid gold” as it is produced from the nut of the Argan tree, which only grows in Morocco. It can be used to treat everything from eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, stretch marks to hair loss. It is full of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, including Vitamin E.

You can find argan oil in a number of skincare and hair products:

Josie Moran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter

The Josie Moran Whipped Argan Oil face butter is designed to sink deeply into skin leaving it juicy, glowing, and hydrated. The 100% pure argan oil intensely nourishes and protects skin with essential fatty acids and vitamin E. A blend of watermelon seed oil, shea butter, and fresh cucumber extract leaves skin soft, smooth, glowing condition.

dpHUE Argan Oil Therapy

DPHUE Argan Oil Therapy combines argan oil, vitamins A & E and liquid shea butter for soft, shiny, frizz-free hair. It absorbs fast and doesn’t weigh hair down and protects hair from UV color fade.

4. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs are naturally occurring substances found in various fruits, sugar cane and sour milk. The main benefit of AHAs is their ability to exfoliate the skin to repair dry, aging and sun-damaged skin. In addition, clearing excess buildup allows moisturizers and serums to penetrate better into the skin. AHAs also help with age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.

Here are some best-selling products containing AHAs:

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment is a daily leave-on AHA exfoliant reveals a smoother, more radiant, even-toned complexion by helping skin naturally exfoliate.

AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Lotion

AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Lotion is a fragrance-free moisturizer and soften rough and dry skin all over your body with a special formulation of 12% lactic acid.

Try one of these Retin-A alternatives and let me know in the comments what you think!

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