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Retinol Alternatives to Try This Fall

Retinols alternatives to try this fall

In our previous post, we highlighted retinol as a star ingredient for fall. Read about it here.

Although retinol has many wonderful skin benefits, it comes with some contraindications, meaning that not everyone can use it. This includes women who are pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive.

If you fall into this category or you simply cannot tolerate the ingredient, we want to offer you some alternatives and share a few tips on what you can use instead.

Alternative To Retinol

Vitamin C

Considered one of the most potent antioxidants for healthy skin, Vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen, firm the skin and can help you maintain a youthful glow. Vitamin C is also a skin brightener that helps to minimize excess melanin and can be used to treat hyper-pigmentation and post-inflammatory pigmentation.

The quality of the ingredients in a formula are very important when choosing a Vitamin C product. It's quite difficult to stabilize this ingredient and even harder to ensure that the product will perform as expected after it's been opened.

Vitamin C is completely safe for anyone. However, those with sensitive skin should start slowly and build up their tolerance level.

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Hydroxy Acids

Exfoliating with gentle acids is a great way to stimulate cell renewal and kickstart the skin’s regenerative process.

For those who struggle with hyperpigmentation or hormonal acne, hydroxy acids can be a great addition to their skincare routine and are a game-changer for many.

Acids such a lactic acid, malic acid and tartaric are gentle and safe. They can be used even during pregnancy.

Other acids such a glycolic acid are more potent and can stimulate collagen and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Salicylic acid is a unique oil-soluble acid that can penetrate deep into the pores and dissolve dead skin cells and sebum.

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If you’ve used or are familiar with top serums like Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid treatment, and were looking to try something similar, then Perfection Booster by Swissline helps to deeply exfoliate the skin for an instant glow and radiance by visibly brightening the dark spots and discoloration of the skin.

Resurfacing water is an alternative to many toners out on the market including the cult favorite, Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, since it is also an exfoliating facial toner that exfoliates, purifies and balances the pH of your skin using alpha hydroxy acids giving your skin barrier a boost without smelling like salad dressing.


Bakuchiol is a trending ingredient that has been dubbed as a plant-derived alternative to retinol because it has similar effects. 

While it’s been shown to have a firming and tightening effect on the skin, it doesn't fully live up to retinol's extensive research and reputation.

However, if retinol is not an option, Bakuchiol is definitely one ingredient worth considering.

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Last But Not Least

Beauty Oil

If retinol is not suitable for you, a beauty oil can provide some of the healing and anti-aging benefits and is ideal for all skin types, including oily skin and acne-prone skin.

We recommend using a few drops at night on top of your serum or moisturizer, especially if your skin is dry or dull. It's also a fabulous massage medium.

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Whether or not you're able to use retinol in your skincare regimen, rest assured that you can still achieve beautiful, healthy skin and reach your skin goals with the right level of commitment and guidance.

We're always here to answer any questions you may have!

Feeling overwhelmed with skincare products and ingredients? Step into Skin Devotee Facial Studio in Philadelphia and get a relaxing, customized facial and let us help you reach your skin goals without the stress. Book a facial today!

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