Retinol - The Best Option For You

The Skinsmith | 2nd October 2023

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Retinol: A Hero Ingredient

Conventional Retinol has been a top player in the anti-ageing ingredients list for several years. Retinol is derived from Vitamin A and has many terms including retinol, retinoid and tretinoin. But is conventional retinol the best option for you?

There are many of us out there that love retinol however, some of the challenges of using conventional retinol can leave us looking for alternative options. Let us help you decide if a natural retinol alternative is worth a look?


The Challenges of Using Conventional Retinol

Lots of consumers of conventional retinol can find they either have to limit their use or avoid it altogether, with some of the main concerns being:

  • Many users find their skin is irritated by conventional retinol, it can cause dryness, redness, itching and irritation.
  • One side effect can be photosensitivity, causing an inflammatory response in the skin when exposed to UV. Conventional retinol can produce a photosensitive reaction which may result in a rash, blisters, red bumps or even and inflammatory eczema type response.
  • Another challenge is the limited use of conventional retinol. Due to the potential photosensitive reactions it can produce in the skin, it is advised to only use conventional retinol at night and to remove it before going out into the sun.
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  • The exfoliating effect of conventional retinol can leave the skin unprotected and more sensitized, both of which can cause discomfort or damage to the skin.
  • It maybe a contra indication to treatments such as waxing, inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis, some medication and there maybe pregnancy restrictions.

Why is there so much love for retinol with all the challenges that go with it then?.. I hear you ask!

Retinol was originally a treatment for acne, however when used to help clients with mature skins and acne they found it had other rather great benefits…with users of conventional retinol experiencing a more youthful complexion along with improved acne breakouts it was obvious that this ingredient had more than one talent! Retinol does in fact have some good benefits and results...

The Good Side of Retinol Benefits Include:

  • Smoother, less pronounced lines and wrinkles
  • Increased cell renewal for a more youthful look
  • Stimulates production of collagen and elastin
  • Tightens pores
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells, improving dullness and skin texture
  • Helps the appearance of darks spots and uneven skin tone
  • Being a derivative of Vitamin A, it has antioxidant benefits helping to fight free radicals

So, if you can have all the benefits of conventional retinol without the side effects then you have a win, win situation!


The Win, Win Situation Solution!

Eminence has alternatives to retinol, they are known as Natural Retinol Alternatives, offering all the benefits but without any of the challenges and side effects of conventional retinol. In some cases, Natural Retinol Alternative options can out perform the benefits of conventional retinol too.

Natural alternative options to retinol are botanically sourced with extracts from Tara Tree, Chicory Root and Bakuchiol being the big guns when is comes to anti-ageing in the skin. With no dryness, redness, purging or irritation our customers have discovered a key ingredient that can be used any time, both day or night, that is great for all skin types including sensitive. Being botanical extracts, they are brimming with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients for the skin, they support the skin barrier function over compromising it and products with alternative retinol options leave the complexion glowing, youthful and more protected.

The Natural Win!

Eminence’s Age Corrective collection has been using Natural Retinol Alternative for years, converting retinol lovers across the globe. Adding to their natural retinol alternative options for clients the Bakuchiol + Niacinamide collection was introduced. A lighter-weight moisturiser which appeals to normal to oily skin types more than Coconut Age Corrective Moisturiser with its richer texture and more dewy finish. Eminence now offers retinol benefits for all skin types with natural alternatives with no side effects. A truly winning solution!

If you are a conventional retinol fan it may be time to discover a more natural option which, may we say could be better for your skin overall!

Discover The Benefits of Natural Alternatives

For more information on the best option for you please contact a member of our experienced and friendly team today on 01305 300950 or by emailing [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

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