Botanical Retinol: Mother Nature's Answer with Zero Skin Irritation

Why is retinol so great for the skin?

Retinol? It pretty much does it all. Improves skin texture, eases the symptoms of acne, speeds up cell renewal, reduces the visible signs of ageing, and reduces blotchy pigmentation.  

And, if you've heard of retinol's skincare benefits, you may have already dipped your toe in the water and used it on your skin.  

All in all, retinol is a scientifically proven all-rounder in treating the most common skin conditions such as:

Sun damage
Blotchy pigmentation
Signs and symptoms of acne
Premature ageing and sun damage


How does retinol work in the skin?

When applied topically to the skin, retinol penetrates the skin's top layer and passes to the middle layer known as the dermis, where it does the following: 

Speeds up cellular division and renewal.
Provides nutrition to fibroblast cells for increased collagen synthesis.
Repairs damage caused to the DNA of the cell.
Improves cellular organisation for improved skin texture. 
Upregulates hyaluronic acid for better hydration from within. 

Unfortunately, retinol has a downside as it can cause redness, flaking skin, and irritation. 

So if it is so good why don't we use it? 

We believe a botanical alternative is an excellent way to gain all the benefits of retinol without unwanted side effects. 

Retinol can cause skin irritation, dryness, and flakiness. Additionally, it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which can lead to sunburn and other skin damage.
The number of consumers we see absolutely trash their skin by overusing Retinol is insane.  Our customers get told they need a Vitamin A in the skin by other professionals.
I always ask this one question.....
"What are you actually trying to achieve?"
Because there is more than one way to get to the goal you want. The challenge is most people think there is only one way.....the way that often causes irritation in the skin.  Retinols activate a pathway in the skin called TRPV1, which can cause irritation and sensitivity.

What is botanical retinol? 

There are many botanical versions of retinol including Bakuchiol (pronounced ba-koo-cheel), Psoralea Extract and Mothbean Extract.

So, if you've been looking for a skincare solution with all the benefits of retinol without the usual redness and irritation, botanical retinol may be the answer to your prayers. 

Where does botanical retinol come from?

One such botanical retinol that we've found to be highly effective is Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a skincare ingredient extracted from the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant. 

When topically applied to the skin Bakuchiol activates skin cell renewal to improve skin texture. Improves the function of fibroblast cells, responsible for collagen synthesis and supports cellular repair allowing the skin to restore and rejuvenate itself while functioning in a more efficient and youthful way. 

So how does Bakuchiol compare to topical retinol?

Recent studies have shown Bakuchiol does everything retinol can do for the skin when topically applied without the redness, flaking and irritation often associated with retinol.

Bakuchiol targets the same gene profile as retinol, supporting fibroblast cells to activate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to improve the structure, flexibility and hydration within the skin, promoting smoother, firmer, wrinkle-free skin.  

The wonderful thing about botanically derived retinol is that it works similarly to retinol without skin irritation and is perfect for easily irritated skin conditions.

This is thrilling news if you've been unable to jump on the retinol train due to constant irritation—finally, a plant-based, vegan alternative to retinol!

Thanks to mother nature you can benefit from all that retinol can offer the skin in a plant-based botanical retinol alternative.

Rescue Balm

Our Rescue Balm provides soothing relief while providing all the benefits of Bakuchiol

Why we think it's special?

It's a medium weight cream that enhances and reinforces the skin's natural protective barrier function and provides antihistamine-like effects to keep the skin calm and soothed while providing super resilience.

It allows the skin to naturally protect itself from environmental stress. 

Who's it for?

If you struggle to keep your skin calm and hydrated, this product is the perfect solution to healthy, glowing skin. 

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