Put simply, retinol is another name for vitamin A, known for its cell-repairing ability to improve the appearance of ageing skin. Vitamin A is in fact one of the only ingredients known to visibly improve wrinkles. Retinol is an antioxidant, able to interrupt free-radical damage that causes skin to age. This action helps prevent wrinkling and increases collagen production. Retinol is also effective at helping to manage acne and eczema, improve skin discolourations and wrinkles from sun exposure.
Because of its potent skin care effects, synthetic retinol is not well-tolerated by all skin types and can leave skin red, irritated and sensitive to the sun. Fortunately, natural retinols are much milder and better tolerated by skin. They are becoming just as sophisticated as their synthetic counterparts for the same results without the side effects. Retinol products are best used at night when skin naturally repairs itself.
Here are the products we stock containing a form of natural retinol and why we love them so:
MUKTI Age Defiance Night Serum contains natural retinol to revitalise the appearance of ageing skin. The advanced bio-active formula contains highly active cosmeceutical peptides, native Australian extracts, nourishing vitamins and antioxidants, which are easily absorbed. Its synergistic blend of pigment blockers, skin lighteners and natural exfoliants help correct age spots and age related skin damage, to also improve and brighten skin tone. Always patch test first and if your skin is sensitive, mix with MUKTI’s Omega Skin Oil.
La Mav Omega-Nightly Repair Creme also contains Retinyl Palmintate which is a milder form of retinol, these is better tolerated by sensitive skins. Formulated with raspberry seed oil and chlorella vulgaris extract as well, it helps support and boost the skin’s barrier function, to repair and nourish your skin while you sleep.
La Mav Hibiscus Ultra-Lift Day Serum is good for those who want extra anti-ageing care by day. It also contains Retinyl Palmintate, as well as Hibiscus and Commiphora extracts which relax skin and visibly smooth wrinkles for a Botox like effect. It gives skin a fresh and toned appearance and promotes a more youthful looking complexion with continued use.
Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A (a form of pro-retinol) so is another great way to give your skin an anti-ageing boost. Not only do we stock pure rosehip oils, but also rosehip oil blends with other benefits.
This age-defying natural elixir contains 10 rare and precious, anti-ageing dry oils: The carotene bursting oils of Tomato, Rowanberry, Carrot seed, Raspberry and Strawberry seeds reduce sun damage and re-activates skin's regeneration process. Highly bioactive antioxidants of Blackcurrant seed, St Johns wort and Sea Buckthorn oils protect skin cells from environmental stress, while Rosehip oil provides natures megadose of pro-retinol. These precious Arctic berry and red vegetable seed oils will help diminish signs of ageing, lines and wrinkles.
NEO’s certified organic base oils are high in vitamin A, E, P & K, making it an organic multivitamin shot for your skin. The blend of certified organic essential oils are known to help even skin tone, lift sagging skin, brighten skin tone and minimise open pores. They are argan oil, seabuckthorn oil, pumpkin seed oil, essential oils of rosemary, lemongrass and vetiver. NEO is a pure beauty elixir and great for giving skin and instant healthy and youthful glow; sometimes I wear it instead of makeup!
By Nina Weston