Retinols are powerful skincare ingredients that work wonders on a variety of skin types and issues. Derived from Vitamin A, there are several sources of retinol and degrees of intensity. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the safest form of retinol and how it can benefit your skin.
What is Retinol, Exactly?
Yes, retinol comes from Vitamin A. But like many cosmetic ingredients, there are both synthetics, like retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate,and natural forms. Most retinols are over-the-counter, but sometimes you will see the term “retinoids”, which are prescription strength versions of the ingredient, as in Retin-A and the prescription acne medication Accutane.
Where Does Natural Retinol Come From?
While most natural retinols are obtained from animal sources, like meat and egg enzymes, usually for supplements, there are plant-derived retinols too, called carotenoids. For instance, rosehip and carrot seed oils are both rich sources of Vitamin A. As a side note: if you are vegan and looking to supplement your diet with carotenoids, eat more brightly colored veggies and dark, leafy greens.
What Does Retinol Do for Skin?
So, what’s with the retinol hype? This is one ingredient that truly does amazing things to the appearance. Retinol helps to minimize the appearance of breakouts and visibly improves acne-prone skin. It’s also a huge boon for keeping skin looking young and healthy, both for mature skin and those wishing to ward off signs of aging.
Retinol works as an exfoliant, cleansing the skin of excess sebum and dry skin cells, and revealing fresh, healthy looking skin. This helps to quell the appearance of breakouts and smooth the look of lines and wrinkles. It also provides a plumped and supple look to the complexion and helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone.
Products Made With Natural Retinol
Now let’s get to the good stuff … where to find plant-based retinol in skincare you’ll love! We are happy to announce the addition of two new products that will give your skin a boost of retinol goodness.
Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil by African Botanics is an exquisite blend of luscious oils designed to be used either morning or night (or both!) to visibly smooth and balance the skin. Kalahari Melon oil has a nourishing feel that leaves the complexion looking clear and radiant, while Jasmine Grandiflorum is added to address hormonal and mature skin issues.
Also new to our line-up is African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum. This beauty is designed for nighttime use to lift, firm, and brighten the appearance while you sleep. The sheer, lightweight formula suits all skin types and is mild enough for sensitive skin. Awaken to a complexion that looks even, youthful, and refined.
It is important to note that sun exposure can decrease the effectiveness of retinol, so be sure to use a facial sunscreen or makeup with UV protection when applying retinol for daytime wear.