Retinol - Its Benefits and Natural Retinol Alternatives

Retinol - Its Benefits and Natural Retinol Alternatives

Retinol – the skincare industry’s golden ingredient. But what makes retinol such an important ingredient in your skincare products and beauty regime? Before we delve into the myriad of benefits that retinol can provide your skin, let’s first understand what ‘Retinol’ actually is.

What is Retinol?

In simple terms, ‘Retinol’ is a classy name for Vitamin A in its pure form, also commonly referred to as retinoid or retin-A. There are many synthetic (prescription) as well as natural forms for retinoid; we’ll discuss the natural alternatives to retinol, alongside their benefits later in this article. There’s a common misconception that retinol and retinoid are the same, but here’s the difference. While retinol can be purchased over the counter, retinoid can only be bought with a prescription under the names retinoic acid and tretinoin.

Understanding what this ingredient can do for your skin is complex; so let’s start by looking at the many benefits of retinol for your skin:

  • Works on a molecular level to normalise cell turnover which helps target stubborn cystic acne & reduce breakouts caused by acne
  • Helps prevent dead skin cells from clogging the pores, which makes it easier for other treatment creams to work better
  • Helps improve the appearance of the skin’s texture and wrinkles by boosting the collagen in your skin
  • Helps treat hyperpigmentation by fading age and sun spots
  • Helps to restore an even skin tone, giving it a rosy appearance
  • Helps to treat psoriasis by slowing the growth of skin cells and providing relief

There are natural alternatives to retinol, here’s a list of carotenoid-rich (Vitamin A) oils and their benefits:

  • Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus carota) Exceptionally rich in beta carotene provitamin A, it also provides UV protection. In addition, its vitamin E and natural mineral content make the oil highly nutrient-dense. Healing for dry, chapped, cracked skin, carrot seed oil helps balance moisture in the tissues.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa) is pressed from the seeds of wild Chilean rose hips. Regenerative and nourishing, rose hip seed oil has a number of compounds that directly benefit the skin. The vitamin A content of rose hip oil increases elastin, promotes collagen formation and helps delay age-related breakdown of the skin and underlying tissues. Vitamins E and C helps to delay the onset of skin age, nourishing the cells and shielding against oxidation while creating a lipid barrier that protects and supports the skin.
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil (Hippophae Rhamniodes) The pulp of the Sea Buckthorn berries are a storehouse of nutrition, rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It has the ability to promote regeneration of skin cells and mucous membranes, heal wounds and ease pain. High levels of provitamin A carotenes and carotenoids, make Sea Buckthorn oil an excellent protector against damaging UV exposure. Vitamin E, Vitamin C and flavonoids B1, B2 and K, as well as essential fatty acids, make this rich oil an exceptionally nourishing ingredient in skin care.

Our vegan-friendly signature facial oil moisturisers include natural sources of retinol oils offering you the perfect natural retinol products. Our oil moisturisers have been created to work in harmony with your skin to help minimise visible signs of ageing.

All our facial oils offer maximum levels of antioxidants and other nutrients essential for skin health and transformation. The blend in the base oils and essential oils specific for individual skin types is what makes our oils different from each other. 

Natural Retinol Alternatives

Ultra Restore Facial Oil

For Normal & Combination Skin

Ultra Sapphire Facial Oil

For Sensitive Skin

Revitalize Facial Oil

All Skin Types
(especially those sensitive to oils or for use during pregnancy)


So, indulge in these blends of pure, vibrantly alive organic oils infused with herbs and combined with high levels of vitamin C for a radiant and youthful glowing skin. 

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