Retinol: a controversial ingredient

Retinol is a popular skincare ingredient. It is attributed with anti-aging , regenerating , anti-acne , firming and anti-oxidant properties . But retinol hides many secrets and even dangers . Here are some of the possible consequences of retinol on your skin and a gentle and natural alternative .

What is retinol?

Retinol belongs to the retinoid family and is a chemical compound derived from vitamin A. It is therefore an active ingredient which is not natural and very powerful .

This active ingredient with multiple properties is widely highlighted on social networks , the problem? It can be irritating to your skin depending on its dosage .

The risks

It is common when applying this product to observe skin reactions such as irritation , burning sensations and redness . This active ingredient being very powerful , its incorporation into your daily routine must be gradual so as not to irritate your skin.

You must also check that all the products in your routine are compatible with retinol since certain components could react with each other and strongly irritate or dry your skin.

This ingredient is also not suitable for pregnant women because it could cause congenital diseases during pregnancy , so once again, it is an ingredient to adopt with great caution .

Finally, the last risk and not the least is the carcinogenic nature of retinol when it comes into contact with sunlight . So exposing yourself to the sun during a period when retinol is part of your routine could increase the risk of cancer .

The alternatives

To preserve your skin and benefit from properties similar to those of retinol , turn to effective active ingredients that remain gentle and natural .

The Or de l'Orchidee range contains numerous active ingredients equivalent to retinol, which are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive .

Venus Hoof , the central ingredient of the range , has smoothing and firming properties .

Pro -collagen also has firming and plumping properties like retinol.

The hyaluronic acid contained in many Exertier brand products has humectant properties and can retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water, thus preserving skin hydration .
The positive point of this Or de l'Orchidee range is that it has no contraindications. It is formulated to suit all skin types, even the most sensitive , is suitable for pregnant women , does not prevent exposure to the sun and will have a real action on mature skin .

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