What is Retinol?
Retinol is a vitamin A-derivative that is commonly used for its acne fighting and anti-aging properties. It is available in many forms, with stronger concentrations requiring a prescription. There is a good reason why retinol is touted as a miracle product for numerous skin ailments: it works. Retinol is widely regarded by dermatologists as the most effective tool for clearing pores, preventing acne and diminishing the signs of aging. Retinol works by boosting cellular turnover in the epidermis, effectively creating bright, smooth, and glowing skin.
What’s the problem?
Retinol has its drawbacks. Many users experience highly sensitive skin with visible redness and severe peeling. Many experiment with retinol for years attempting to find a formula that works for their skin, but continually experience chronic dryness and irritation—a far cry from the smooth, luminous skin they were promised. Additionally, for those who prefer natural skincare, it is difficult to find a retinol product that does not include a host of parabens, sulfates, and silicones. Unfortunately, most products marketed as natural retinol alternatives, such as rosehip oil and copper, do not contain comparable properties and fail to achieve similar results.
What’s the solution?
Thankfully, there are products available that do contain effective cell regenerating properties without the harmful ingredients and harsh side effects of retinol. After testing countless skincare products through years of trial and error, I am excited to share the three holy grail treatments that have helped me achieve the skin of my dreams. All of these products are cruelty free, vegan, and safe for all skin types.
iS Clinical Active Serum
This powerful serum has brightened my acne scars and retexturized my skin. After using the Active Serum for two weeks, I started to notice brighter and plumper skin and after six weeks my face was smooth and glowing, far better than it had ever been while using retinol. What amazes me most about this product is that it is incredibly powerful while being extremely gentle, making it ideal for sensitive skin. As someone who suffers from eczema on my face and hands, I am so grateful to have found a product that achieves dramatic results without causing an outbreak. This amazing product works its skin smoothing magic through promoting cell renewal. I have used this product for over a year and will never stop using it. While it is pricy, you only need a few drops per day, so one bottle lasts many months. This is the one product I will never be without.
PureCeuticals Vitamin C + Ferulic Antioxidant Serum
While retinol may be considered the most powerful anti-aging ingredient on the market, vitamin C is a close second. In my experience, a high quality vitamin C serum can achieve similar results to retinol, without the irritation and dryness. However, not all vitamin C treatments are created equal. I have purchased far more vitamin C serums than I’d like to admit and have been disappointed with the vast majority of them. Finally, a friend recommended Pureceuticals Vitamin C Serum, for which I will be forever thankful. This antioxidant-rich serum diminished my fine lines and lightened hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure. This serum achieves superior results through a highly potent form of vitamin C that promotes cell regeneration and provides advanced environmental protection. I began using this product after using the Active Serum for many months, and found that it further enhanced my amazing results and contributed to firmer skin and significantly lighter age spots. I use this product during the day and the Active Serum at night.
Osea Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish
I was skeptical about this product before I purchased it. While I love Osea’s cleansers and moisturizers, I had my doubts that a completely natural product could achieve results on par with retinol. Osea has outdone itself with this amazing polish. While I cannot say the results are quite as astonishing as that of the IS Clinical and Pureceuticals serums, this product had a tremendously positive effect on the tone, firmness, and texture of my skin. This is unlike any scrub I have ever used, and I consider it a treatment more than an exfoliator. My sensitive skin experienced no irritation with this product, even with daily use. For those who wish to stick with the most natural ingredients possible, this is the product for you. I have experimented with numerous natural skincare lines with wonderful sounding ingredients and disappointing results. Osea is in a league of its own.