To get in front of aging, we need to treat what has presented on our skin + then protect against future signs from appearing—and we do that best with retinol alternatives.
Our intention is empower you with your best skin, organically, and to do this, there is a need for results without compromise to your wellness.
For this we adore the botanical power actives of Bakuchiol + Alfalfa daily for retinol like results, without the limits of retinol.
We’ve nutted out how they work + alternative ways to use our new retinol alternative cream in your morning and evening skincare routine—there are a few.
Read on for how to integrate our prized plant extracts into your routine for talked-about skin firming + your fave skin texture.
How Do Retinol Alternatives Work?
Plant based alternatives offer similar benefits as traditional retinols without compromise to our health.
Bakuchiol is the star ingredient, front and centre of the retinol alternatives movement, to plump and firm the skin. Akin to retinol, its gift is fresher skin, without the possible toxic load of Vitamin A.
A topical Bakuchiol treatment is one of the best retinol alternatives, taken from the revered Babchi plant, to say goodbye to sagging skin.
It can innately increase cell turnover, to inspire collagen production, and smooth fine lines for a more even skin tone. It also doubles to deeply soothe and hydrate skin; perfect for daily use in a moisturizing cream.
Another retinol alternative we love is Alfalfa. Loaded in Vitamin C & K it multiplies as an anti inflammatory, natural retinol option to boost collagen production to address pigmentation and protect against free radical damage.
Our certified organic retinol like blends fuse Bakuchiol at 1% and Alfalfa at 4%. These are the maximum amounts that have been tested in a clinical setting.
What Are Retinol Alternative Products?
Alternative ingredients are now famed for giving the same benefits as traditional retinols to target the signs of aging.
While a Bakuchiol serum is quite well known for skin rejuvenation, another suggestion is an all-in-one skin firming cream to tighten and plump your skin under the guise of a daily moisturizing staple.
Our Plant Stem Cell Retinol Alternative Moisturizer is a plant based retinol alternative with added Ceramides and Vegan Peptides. It has a triple-action to boost moisture and skin elasticity while combating and preventing future skin aging; day and night.
It has skin-loving and moisture-locking actives as does our Plant Stem Cell Retinol Alternative Serum. The two can be mixed and matched with other products based on your skin type or concern. To further maximize the anti-aging benefits, and target specific concerns like sagging and wrinkled skin, we recommend using our retinol alternative duo, together.
If your concerns are dark spots, dullness and sagging skin, you can mix + match Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum and Retinol Alternative Moisturizer or, Retinol Alternative Serum and Turmeric Glow Moisturizer as well.
How Often Should I Use Retinol Alternative?
For your best skin, we suggest twice a day: morning and night—read on!
How To Use Retinol Alternatives In A Skincare Routine
We’re blessed to have two powerful blends for combatting fine lines and wrinkles for 24/7 age protection. Our two power blends fall directly after each other; after cleansing + misting, and before face oil + SPF.
If skin-firming, hydration + defying age is your top priority. We suggest this line-up morning and evening, for you best skin and max glow:
Exfoliating scrub/mask (optional)
Serum 1—Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum
Alternative Ways To Use Retinol Alternatives
Our team have shared their favorite ways to use our new retinol alternative cream in their busy day:
One | The Double Protecter
If you want the max protection of Bakuchiol + Alfalfa then we suggest to double the power. Double your age protection + double your results.
They’re gentle enough to be used together, and your skin will thank you with mind-glowing results.
Two | Day + Night
Reach for it morning and night after cleansing and before face oil.
This all-in one moisturizer treats visible signs, prevents future aging from environmental damage, and hydrates with skin-loving, moisture-locking actives even for dry skin.
Three | The Multi-Tasker
Like to mix + match?
Apply the Plant Stem Cell Retinol Alternative Serum in the AM with a hydrator of your choice, our Turmeric Glow or Active Algae Moisturizers + close it out with our ultra-firming Plant Stem Cell Retinol Alternative Moisturizer in the PM .
We always recommend sealing in your moisturizer with our Noni Glow Face Oil.
How Do I Apply It?
Warm in the palms of your hands and massage onto a clean face, neck and décolleté in the morning and evening after your serum.
Massage in upward motion on the neck to target neck lines.
Regular Exfoliation + Uneven Skin Tone
Regular exfoliation is the precursor for maximum absorption of your skincare products. Sloughing dead skin cells is suggested to allow our plant based retinol alternative duo to penetrate deeper into your skin.
The idea also being that removing dead skin cells can inspire newer cells to be seen on your skins’ surface for serious glow.
The power of these botanicals rolled in together can also help to revise hyperpigmentation.
Sensitive Skin Types
Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Claire Wolinsky, uses retinol to “reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.” Noting that she suggests the “gentler form of retinol” for her clients, which we know and love as the “retinol alternative called bakuchiol.”
We always suggest a patch test before use, and to wear SPF to avoid sun damage.
Is it Safe To Use A Retinol Alternative?
When it comes to your wellness, we do not compromise.
Our retinol alternatives are not made with Vitamin A but instead the botanical power actives of Bakuchiol + Alfalfa—for retinol like results, without irritation, and the limits of retinol.
We’ve conjured the healthy way to garner talked-about results by calling on plant power, for your best skin, organically—as a result, our retinol alternatives can be used morning and night—summer to winter.
The botanical power of Bakuchiol has been proven to give the enviable results of retinol without the common side effects. This natural ingredient is a magnet for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers as they shift towards safer Vitamin A-free options, and a hydrating hero; revered to remedy and smooth, sensitive and dry skin conditions.
When it comes to Alflafa, we love that Dr. Simone Laubscher calls on its nutritional power regularly, as it’s “high in antioxidants and nutrients such as Vitamin C & K, copper, folate, and magnesium which act as wonderful free radical scavengers.”
Vitamin K is the ultimate healer—being rich in amino acids, it sings the same tune when it comes to skin regeneration. It’s an innate glow giver! It also has photo-protective attributes to fight free radicals and protect your skin from sun damage.
How Long Does it Take to See Results?
We asked 55 people aged 25-65 to apply our retinol alternative moisturizer, morning and night for four weeks, and this is what they said:
85% said it’s more effective than retinol product used before
87% said skin looks firmer and tightened
85% said skin looks plumper and more youthful
82% said it minimized the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
91% said skin looks replenished with long-lasting hydration
96% said skin is left without irritation, redness or dryness.
Why Use Certified Organic?
Certified organic ingredients mean less waste for our planet, no toxins on your skin and up to 60% more antioxidants than non-organic*.
*British Journal of Nutrition Volume 112, Issue 514 September 2014, pp. 794-811.
Our Clean Code
KORA is always:
Certified Organic by Cosmos.
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The most heavily regulated ingredient system in the world, every aspect of our manufacturing from farm to shelf is reviewed to guarantee no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or toxic chemicals are used. This is in addition to the over 1,328 ingredients banned within the EU.
We wish you wellness + your best skin, organically.