Natural Retinol: What is it & What are The Benefits


Natural retinol is becoming one of the most sought-after ingredients in skincare. Retinol has numerous benefits to the skin, so read on to see what it could do for your skin.

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Natural Retinol

Retinol might seem intimidating, but all it is is pure vitamin A. People also refer to it as a retinoid. Retinol is available over the counter usually under the name retinol. However, it could also be under the names retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, or retinyl acetate. These are just different versions of vitamin A skin care.

Over the counter retinols are not as strong and take longer to take effect than prescription retinoids. This is because the body has to change it into retinoic acid before it can take effect.

Natural Retinoids

Retinols and retinoids are basically the same thing. The only difference between the two really is that you can purchase retinol over the counter while retinoids are available by prescription-only.

Retinoids are available in prescription strength under the names retinoic acid and tretinoin. People find that retinoids tend to take effect faster and be more effective overall because the body doesn't have to do any extra work in converting it to retinoic because retinoids are already formulated with retinoic acid.


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Retinol Skin Benefits

People covet retinol in their skincare because of its many benefits. It can improve the appearance of skin texture and wrinkles, so it's a popular ingredient in anti-ageing products. It also speeds up skin cell production so helps restore an even skin tone. This is great for those who have sun damage. Since it is also a natural exfoliant, people with oily or sensitive skin types use it to manage those concerns.

Although using retinols have many benefits, there are some risks to be careful of when you use it. Vitamin A decays and becomes unstable when light or air gets to it, so it’s important that the retinol you purchase is in proper packaging and that it remains sealed and away from light.

It is also important that you don't apply retinol daily, it's better to do it every other day. It's good to introduce it to your routine gradually because it is strong and could be damaging to your skin if you start out with too much. After gradually incorporating it into your skin and your skin isn't reacting negatively, then it would be okay to start using it every day.

It's best to apply retinol at night because exposing the product to the sun could render it ineffective and end up damaging the skin. It's also important to use nourishing and moisturising products on your skin while using retinol to counteract any possible damage. And, as always, wear sunscreen when using retinol.


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Natural Sources Of Retinol

If you're looking for natural retin A that isn't over the counter or by prescription, rosehip seed oil could be a good thing to use. Rosehip seed oil is a natural source of trans-retinoic acid that has less of a risk of potential irritation that prescription retinoic acid could cause. There are also organic retinol cream and natural retinol cream on the market.

If you're looking for another more natural alternative to retinol, consider vitamin B3. People use vitamin B3 because it can dramatically reduce the appearance of dark spots and other things retinol is usually used to treat. People have been using vitamin B3 in their skincare for ages, and can do many of the same things as retinol without the risk of damage.

Squalene could also be a helpful alternative to retinol. Squalene is one of the substances that makes up the skin's natural moisture barrier. Production of squalene drops off after the age of 30 in many, so adding some squalene to your skincare could help with reducing signs of ageing. It is also an antioxidant so it can be useful in reducing wrinkles and dark spots in the same way as retinol.


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Natural Retinol: What Is It & What Are The Benefits

  • Retinol and retinoids are potent forms of vitamin A that have many benefits to the skin like reducing the signs of ageing as well as sun damage.
  • Retinol is available over the counter, but many find it to be less effective in comparison to retinoid.
  • Retinoid is available by prescription only, but since it is already formulated with retinoic acid. With retinol, the body has to convert it to retinoic acid before it starts to take effect, so that's why retinoids tend to be more effective.
  • A good all-natural source of retinol is rosehip seed oil. Some good natural alternatives to retinol are vitamin B3 and squalene.


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On That Note

Retinol is a powerful skincare ingredient that boasts many anti-ageing and damage erasing effects. However, sometimes retinol can be too strong and you may have to seek a natural alternative. In that case, you have options, just make sure you're doing what's best for your skin type and needs.


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