First let’s talk about the ingredient Retinol
- Also called: Acetic Acid, Retinyl Ester, Retinol Acetate, Retinol, Acetate, Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Acetate (vitamin A Acetate), Retinyl Acetate (vitmin A Acetate), Retinyl Ester Acetic Acid, And Vitamin A Acetate
- Found in some sunscreens, anti-aging creams, and topical acne treatments
- Praised for it’s abilities to plump and firm skin, even dark spots and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
- Enhanced skin absorption
- Biochemical or cellular level changes: can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations (tumor/cancer concern), lead to cell death, and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease
- Developmental/reproductive toxicity
- Highest risks when using retinol products:
- Women who are pregnant (birth defect risks)
- Sun exposure
Although I personally think retinol should be ditched because there are safer alternatives that give you the same results, it is ultimately your choice. If you do continue to use it, at the very least only use it at night and if you are not pregnant.
- Avoids ingredients of concern, like retinol and instead uses plant-derived Retinatural Complex combines bakuchiol and Swiss Alpine rose
- Fights the appearance of wrinkles, firms skin, and boosts hydration without the side effects of retinol