Although retinol is an exfoliating, collagen-stimulating, and anti-aging skin care ingredient, it’s also important to note that it’s photosensitizing – meaning it makes the skin more sensitive to the sun, so problems like hyperpigmentation and wrinkles can become worse in the summertime.
Luckily, there are many skin-friendly retinol alternatives to consider, like epidermal growth factor (EGF), vitamin A-rich oils (such as rosehip and bakuchiol), and AHAs and BHAs, which are just as effective. Here are ten skin care alternatives to retinol to try this summer.
The clinical results speak for itself. You can see a 190% increase in elastin, a 179% increase in collagen I, and a 194% increase in collagen III in just 11 days.