Everything You Need To Know About Natural vs. Synthetic Retinol

While there's always a new “miracle” ingredient being buzzed about in skincare, there isn’t an ingredient more renowned for its skin-regenerating benefits than retinol. Retinol - or vitamin A - comes in many forms, and it can be confusing to navigate. In today's post, we're going over retinol basics, the difference between natural and synthetic retinol, and how you can fit this high-performance, anti-aging ingredient into your skincare routine.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that can help accelerate skin renewal. Very simply, it sinks into your skin and speeds up cell turnover, resulting in firmer, brighter, and more youthful-looking skin. 

Benefits of natural retinol include:

  • Boosted skin cell regeneration
  • Smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improved elasticity
  • Firmer skin
  • Softening and evening out of skin texture

Most of the retinol on the market is harsh and synthetic, causing side effects like redness, peeling, irritation, and sun sensitivity. The natural retinol found in our products is just as effective as it's synthetic counterparts without causing harsh or drying side effects. In fact, unlike the synthetic stuff, you can generally use natural retinol in the daytime and during pregnancy (but always check with your doctor first!) because of the way natural retinol performs differently. 

Where Does Natural Retinol Come From?

Age Gracefully Intensif Serum gets its potent dose of natural retinol from Cacay Oil, a nutrient-rich oil that's 3x more powerful that Rosehip Seed Oil! Paired with Green Coffee Oil and chlorophyll-rich Brazilian Açaí oil, Age Gracefully delivers your skin the vital nutrients it needs to reverse free radical damage. Light Reveal Intensif Serum harnesses the power of retinol with Buriti Fruit Oil, and is also solar-infused with Amazonian Guarana Berries, the highest known natural source of caffeine in the world. These ingredients give Light Reveal the power to impart a lit from within glow with each use.

How Do I Fit Retinol Into My Skincare Routine?

Our Age Gracefully Serum and Light Reveal Serum are easy to incorporate into your current skincare routine, and serve as great multi-taskers! You can use both of these serums on their own, paired together for a retinol-rich skincare cocktail, or under your eyes for a powerful brightening and smoothing treatment. For the ultimate ritual, spritz your face and chest with The Offering Mist, combine Age Gracefully  + Light Reveal , apply to your face, neck, and décolleté, and finish with our new Tiger's Eye Crystal Facial Roller for increased absorption (and total relaxation!) 

Thank you for reading!

Is retinol included in your skincare ritual?