Natural Retinol Alternatives

by in Skin Care February 22, 2018

Natural Retinol Alternatives – Natural, and organic skincare ingredients that are equally effective as Retinol.

Retinol is an incredibly potent ingredient. It is praised for its skin-perfecting and anti-aging abilities. Retinol also has a record for helping improve the condition and the appearance of acne-prone skin. Most women use or have used products with Retinol to achieve great looking skin because it works. Have a look at our natural retinol alternative ingredients.

As we age, our skin-cell turnover rates slow down, paving the way for wrinkles, pigmentation, and dullness. Retinol (or its more potent prescription form, retinoid) is a vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell regeneration rates for a fresher, smoother surface.

Retinol is merely pure Vitamin A, which is also commonly referred to as a Retinoid. There are many natural and synthetic (prescription) forms of Retinoids. It’s important to know the cons of topical Retinoids before you consider using such a potent vitamin in your daily skincare routine. Retinol can be purchased over the counter, while Retinoids are prescription-only.

Retinol has shown to:

improve the appearance of skin texture and wrinkles
help restore an even skin tone
shrink pores
rebuild collagen
manage acne/oily skin with its exfoliating effects
A powerful antioxidant with amazing benefits

While all this sounds exciting, unfortunately, not everyone can use it.

The drawback to using Retinols like Retin-A is that it makes the skin very sensitive. For sensitive skin types, including those with Rosacea, these results can come at an irritating cost.
Skin irritation and side effects include redness, flaking, itching, dryness, thinning of the skin ( if overused), sun sensitivity and tenderness may become chronic side effects.

Retinoid creams and gels use filler ingredients such as stearic acid, isopropyl myristate, polyoxyl 40 stearates, stearyl alcohol, and butylated hydroxytoluene.

If you’re pregnant or nursing, dermatologists, recommend refraining from Retinol use entirely because its safety in pregnant or nursing women is unknown.

Luckily, there are more natural Retinol alternatives available to us, so we can still have beautiful skin without harsh outcomes.

At Natural Beauty Collection, it’s our philosophy to use the cleanest, most efficient ingredients mother nature can provide. Fortunately, there are many options in the world of vitamin A! If you’re a skin purist like us, we prefer to choose natural forms of vitamin A in our skincare. Here are our best natural retinal alternatives and some of the other skincare ingredient alternatives that give you incredible results without succumbing to harmful synthetics.

Natural Retinol Alternatives.

If you are sensitive to products formulated with retinol or you just prefer to avoid the
risks associated with its use, we have good news for you. There are equally effective, yet all-natural retinol alternatives. And you can get these same powerful, age-reversing effects without putting any artificial chemicals on your skin.

Our natural Retinol alternatives are safe to use with AHA’s. AHA’s cleansing, exfoliating ingredients are beautiful to use as part of your daily regime. They give smoothness to the skin, they unclog pores and lighten pigmentation.

Read more HERE about our Fruit Ingredients. Fruit ingredients ( extracts and seed oils ) in our organic skincare have many benefits for our skin. Not only are they highly hydrating and nourishing for the skin; they are high in protective antioxidants and are excellent sources of vitamin C and A. Many contain enzymes and natural AHA’s.

All-natural Retinol alternatives are gentler on your skin while still giving you results—just keep in mind that results typically come more slowly.

Rosehip Seed Oil.

Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of trans-retinoic acid that may not have the risk of potential irritation that prescription retinoic acid might cause. Rosehip Seed Oil is one of the best oils available for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. You will find this in many of our organic skincare products.

Rosehip seed oil is cold-pressed and extracted from the hip (or fruit) of roses. It is a “dry” oil, that is quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. It is full of essential fatty acids to nourish the surface of the skin, and it does not need to be diluted before topical application. Apply it to problem areas, or use it all over as a lightweight moisturizer.

Several studies have shown that rosehip seed oil is highly effective at soothing skin irritation and damage (such as wrinkles, dryness, and sun damage). It is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. Apply it daily to help to smooth scars, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. In addition to softening and reducing wrinkles, it can help prevent skin from developing further signs of aging, and it is gentle enough for everyday use.

You will find Rosehip Seed oil in our Aeos Energising Conditioner and Realive Serum.

source – Annmarie Gianni

Cacay Oil.

Oh Boy! We are so lucky that the natural beauty world provides us with so many gorgeous oils that do wonders for our skin. Yes! And here is another one – Cacay (Kahai) Oil. It has three times more natural Retinol than Rosehip Oil and is more stable and non-irritating.

Our Ananda Life Cacay oil has been wild harvested; it comes from a sustainable source and is fairly traded directly from Brazil.

Rich in nutrients including vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, Cacay Oil is a light, dry oil which is absorbed quickly without being sticky or greasy on the skin. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-irritating, it’s ideal for all skin types and can be used on the face, body, hair, and nails.

Ananda Life Cacay oil is safe to be worn in the sun and is a excellent moisturizer beneath makeup. We find it very nourishing and restorative for the skin. Especially when you use this under the eyes and on the neck. This is beautiful to use to condition your nails and cuticles. You can use it as a hair conditioning treatment.

Our customer feedback with skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema have found this oil to be very beneficial. It is a soothing healing oil. Beautifully silky and absorbs quickly. It helps to fade scarring and unblock pores. Use on the body to treat stretch marks, burns, and irritating skin conditions.

Depending on your skin type, you can choose to wear it alone or beneath your usual facial moisturizer or serum. Apply just a drop or two to the complexion daily and massage into fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, cheeks and other problem areas to help the skin retain moisture and increase firmness, smoothness, and elasticity.

Moth Bean Extract.

Vigna aconitifolia – also commonly known as moth bean, matki, dew bean, and mat bean.

Grown in Pakistan and India, Moth Bean Extract derived from a climbing bean plant renowned for its resistance to drought and arid conditions. Moth Bean Extract is a source of retinol that comes from nature. The compound is extracted from protein-rich seedpods of the plant. When formulated in skincare, this form of retinol helps support collagen production and healthier cell renewal rates with a lower risk of irritation than its prescription cousin.

We love the healing, potent Siam Seas skincare brand and very proud to offer this range at Natural Beauty Collection. The Siam Seas Twilight BeCalm Skin Serum is divine that has this great ingredient. Moth bean is equally effective as Retinol, without the irritation. Like Retinal it helps exfoliate skin and unclog pores for those with acne. Moth bean Extract with its high levels of protective antioxidants rebuilds collagen and boost cell renewal.

The Siam Seas Twilight BeCalm Skin Serum is suitable for all skin types, and YES, you can use if you are pregnant.

In contrast to synthetic retinol, moth bean extract has demonstrated a high level of stability in cosmetic formulations, which means it preserves its properties longer, even when in contact with air and light.

After a few months of daily use, moth bean extract will help your skin look refreshed, youthful, glowing and smooth.

Vitamin C.

If you are looking for an ingredient for brightening and helping with hyperpigmentation, look no further than a natural Vitamin C serum. Like retinol creams, it encourages faster cell turnover and is brilliant to brighten skin and reduce the appearance of acne, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. With high antioxidant powers, it regenerates damaged skin cells, protects against sun damage and slows the aging process. Read more HERE about our natural sources of Vitamin C.

Other useful natural retinol alternatives.

Green Tea.

Green tea is high in polyphenols, a particular type of antioxidant that helps minimize damage caused by sun exposure and free radicals, slowing the rate of skin aging and reducing wrinkle development. Medical studies have also shown that it is anti-inflammatory and can help to soothe acne, rosacea, and eczema.

Evening Primrose oil.

Evening primrose oil is a dense source of fatty acids, which nourish skin and help heal skin cells damaged by wrinkles, acne, or other kinds of dermatitis.

Carrot Seed oil.

Carrot seed oil is exceptionally rich in vitamins A and E, beta-carotene and carotenoids, One of the most potent cellular revitalizing oils and natural anti-oxidant. Carotenes are potent free radical blockers and carotenoids have been found to enhance the body’s ability to protect the skin from UV damage. Benefits skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, scars, and acne, improves skin tone and elasticity, rejuvenates dry and mature skin.


High levels of Boswellic acid in Omani Frankincense Sacra, regarded as the world’s rarest essence, tone and firm the skin, restore elasticity and repairs damage. Frankincense Carteri is high in alpha-pinene and other monoterpenes, making it great immune support and boswellic acid helps stimulate cell repair, fade lines and reduce wrinkles. Frankincense Frereana is high in chemical compounds pinene, thujene and cymene, potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties that help soothe skin inflammation. Frankincense improves blood circulation, prevents collagen degradation and reduces stretch marks. Energetically, Frankincense, specifically the psycho-active compounds Incensole Acetate in Frankincense Sacra, realign our self, comforts the soul, enhances mental functions and lifts anxiety.

You will find Frankincense and Carrot Seed Oil in our Meenoo Organics Inner Beauty Facial Serum.

Whether you decide to go with a pure vitamin A, a prescription retinoid, or choose to receive the benefits of our fabulous anti-aging and oily skin effective all natural retinol alternatives, we hope that this information has offered some guidance around your choices.

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