Over the past decade health conscious consumers have continued to turn from synthetic to natural skin care products. Superior tolerability and long-term health benefits are just a few of the many factors driving the big switch.
However, there are some synthetic products that are incredibly effective and continue to dominate the market. One of the most popular of them all is Retinol.
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A which is shown to effectively:
- Improve skin texture
- Minimize wrinkles
- Restore an even skin tone
- Boosts collagen
- Fight acne
- Increase skin cell turnover
- Slow-down signs of aging
This powerful ingredient clearly has some positive benefits, but at what cost?
Thinning of the Skin
Retinols are an extreme exfoliator that prematurely removes skin cells, forcing the turnover of new skin cells. This creates new skin that looks good in the short-term but causes serious thinning over time.
Retinol can cause dryness, irritation, skin flaking, and redness for those with moderate to sensitive skin. It also increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, and therefore should not ever be used during the day.
Tretinoin and retinyl palmitate are both components of synthetic retinol which cause serious concerns. The FDA warns against using sunscreens with retinyl palmitate as it becomes carcinogenic in sunlight. Tretinoin is a well-known toxin and should not be used around the eyes. Finally, pregnant women should avoid all forms of retinol as they are teratogens (which means they can disturb the development of a fetus).
However, despite the serious risks many people unfortunately continue to use retinol products.
So, what if I was to tell you that there is an incredible natural alternative to retinol?
Something with even more benefits and without the unsettling side effects? Well, that ingredient certainly does exist, and it is called Sea Fennel Extract.
Fed by the silica in the sand and the plentiful nutrients carried by ocean waters and breezes, Sea Fennel (scientifically known as Crithmum Maritimum) has long been utilized for its medicinal and healing purposes.
Today, Sea Fennel Extract is seen to be one of the absolute best ingredients for skin strength, luster, and anti-aging effects.
This ingredient is incredible, and has been shown to effectively:
- Soften skin
- Stimulate the formation of collagen
- Unclog pores
- Eliminate wrinkles
- Reduce fine lines
- Promotes cell turnover
- Thicken and increase firmness of the skin
- Evens out skin discoloration and texture
- Slow down and even reverse signs of aging
The secret of this blue-green, beauty-bestowing plant is its rich, bioavailable nutrients!
This is not just a plant-alternative to Retinol, it is a natural upgrade! One of the main reasons for this is that synthetic Retinoids are only partially effective because their nourishment isn’t bioavailable.
What we mean by “bioavailable” is that synthetic ingredients are lacking natural synergists. These natural synergists allow the body to recognize the vitamin, mineral, protein etc… Without this natural component, the body does not realize it’s there, and the nutrient goes unprocessed.
We recommend incorporating integrating this ingredient into all skin-care protocols that aim to make a major visible improvement to the skin without risking long-term side effects.
An optimal concentration of this ingredient can be found in our Rejuvenating Eye Crème. This crème was designed to repair the very difficult and sensitive skin around the eyes but is tolerable enough to be used all over the face and neck area. For more information click the link below: