The Unknown Dangers of Retinol (And the Secret of Safer Anti-Aging Skin Care)
The Dangers of Retinol
Retinol was a staple in my skin care regimen due to its proven ability to fight wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, other age-related concerns. But when I made the switch to clean beauty, I started to wonder if retinol too would end up on my list of ingredients to avoid.
I did a ton of research, all the while hoping the results would be positive because I loved the changes retinol had made in my skin. But to me and my dark spot's dismay, I learned a lot about the dangers of retinol and immediately removed it from my routine.
Is Retinol Bad For You?
I've talked before about some quick and easy ways to research the toxicity of ingredients and personal products before using them.
One of those ways is to use the Environmental Working Group (EWG)'s Skin Deep website to understand not only the level of toxicity of an ingredient, but the specific concerns and dangers it's linked to.
While this certainly wasn't my only source of truth in my research about retinol, it was one of the most compelling.
The EWG gave retinol a 9 on the hazard scale, with 10 being the highest, citing developmental and reproductive toxicity and biochemical or cellular level changes as some of the main concerns. This is why many doctors instruct expecting mothers to avoid the use of retinol during pregnancy.
In short, it's not safe for us, it's not safe for our babies, and it's not something I want on my skin.
So What Should You Use Instead?
This is by far one of the most exciting developments in the skin care industry in recent years.
This age-defying ingredient fights fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots as well (if not better) than retinol and is entirely derived from plants!
It's safe, effective, and finally coming in to the skin care scene with lots of praise from the clean beauty community.
A Safer Anti-Aging Option
BeautyCounter is on the forefront of this movement with the release of their new "CounterTime Regimen", containing bakuchiol, swiss alpine rose, and other safe, cruelty-free, age-preventing ingredients.
The collection contains six products, including a lipid defense cleansing oil, mineral boost hydrating essence, tripeptide radiance serum, antioxidant day cream, tetrapeptide night cream, and ultra renewal eye cream.
After a few weeks of using it myself, I am thrilled with the results and such an advocate for these products - the cleansing oil and eye cream in particular.
Here's what other's had to say:
The Future of Anti-Aging
I'm sure we're just on the forefront of bakuchiol use in anti-aging products but why wait to get in on the goodness?
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