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Why Retinol Can Be Your Skin's Best Friend?

Its Benefits, Side Effects & Natural Alternatives

Your skin is a part of your outer self and definitely it always deserves to be loved! After all, self-love is said to be the best love. Also keeping your skin glowing and young doesn’t buy you any regrets, right? But either your busy schedule or lack of patience might end you up in not serving your skin right. If so, an easy to use and handy product that’s equally good for all skin types and the one which aids in gaining your confidence through a young appeal could be exactly what you need right now. This is why the miracle ingredient Retinol should be added into your priority list of skin care.

Ayurveda has always proven to be one among the best ways of lifestyles and key to a healthy body and mind. Every science including Ayurveda has always helped its followers in keeping oneself young. Same goes to the products that come under them. One such similar compound is Retinol. It's undoubtedly one among the most recommended ingredients by dermatologist’s worldwide.

Natural Alternatives For Retinol

How Does It Work On Skin?

Retinol which is chemically said to be the vitamin A1 has mystical exfoliating properties that helps in rejuvenation of skin and to shed off the dead skin, letting out the better layer of skin underneath. Hence this can be a way to go compound to let your skin healthy and beautiful effortlessly. The fact that this works well in all varieties of skin makes it remarkably excellent.

What Is Its Main Function?

Normal aging of skin can be an irritating problem faced by many and early aging could be way out of your patience! Retinol being an ingredient that has been scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production in the body, could serve as the best solution for this. This is because collagen is the key protein in the skin that maintains its elasticity. It also engages skin into a pretty good level of exfoliation. Hence it helps in anti-aging of your skin by aiding in reduction of wrinkles, post acne patches and dark marks, especially on facial skin.

Does It Suits Acne Prone And Sensitive Skin Types?

Having positive effects on acne prone skin among different age groups have always made retinol an everyday go compound. It helps in healing of acne by spurring the delivery of cells forming skin. Also speeds up the growth of older skin to welcome the formation of new healthy skin which would be acne free. Application of retinol also increases the production of natural chemicals like hyaluronic acid. All these functions still tend to preserve the moisture in the skin and maintain its plump appearance.

Retinol can be tried on sensitive skin as well, without any complicated queries and most likely to not cause tingling on everyone. Hence is found to be widely used by many with sensitive skin after proper prepping of skin. So, treatment of retinol on sensitive skin is worth a try indeed!

This wonderous compound might work well when you’re dealing with hyper pigmentations on skin surfaces that get exposed to sun and as well as intimate areas like your armpits. It helps in controlling melanin. In such a way it reduces the visibility of facial spotting or hyper pigmentation on skin by the same property of speeding up the cell turnover rate. Hence offering smoother looking and clean skin.

Why Would You Search For Natural Alternatives?

However, Retinol like many other chemicals has its few side effects like redness and itching which is likely to appear during the beginning. Also, dryness of the skin and burning can also occur. Though this compound is also found in plants and animal origins, making it natural, it is mainly produced by biosynthesis to be turned into skin products.

So, for all these reasons, Ayurveda has alternatives to Retinol which one might find more natural and skin friendly. Popular among these include Bakuchiol or Babchi, plant pigments like Carotenoid and Lycopene, Rosehip oil, Green tea etc.

Bakuchiol, which is praised as biomimetic retinol in Ayurveda and its medical and curative properties, has been specially archived by the same. This is mainly because of its collagen boosting properties. It is derived from the plant Babchi (Psoralea corylifolia) which is widely used in Indian and Chinese medicine. This compound is proven to be good for skin treatment for several diseases as it has properties like Raktashodhakam (blood purifying) and Kushtanashini (healing leprosy). Babchi which is considered to be hot according to Ayurveda would be best for curing Pitta imbalance while all three Dosa predominant people could use it under proper medical guidance.

Carotenoids are natural pigments that are obtained from vegetables like carrots or green leafy vegetables. This compound once reached into the body, gets converted into Vitamin A and as a result has similar properties of that of Retinol. It's very effective in treating skin conditions like dry skin, pigmentation due to exposure to UV-rays and premature aging.

Similar to carotenoids are the lycopene pigments which are naturally found in vegetables like carrots and asparagus. This pigment actually serves in keeping your skin young and healthy. This is done by enhancing the connectivity between the cell walls and also by inhibiting the action of those enzymes that tend to break the collagen bonds of skin.

Rose hip oil is a cold pressed oil extracted from the seeds of a wild bushy rose plant. Since it is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin C, it is considered as one among the good natural alternatives to Retinol. It aids in exfoliating the skin and also to lighten skin. It helps in accelerating collagen formation and hence is also involved in anti-aging functions.

At this age of faster moving technology people still prefer to keep things more natural and rawer. Also, the fact that unlike these natural alternatives Retinol cannot be really free from side effects makes it a second-class choice to many.

Though there are many useful alternatives to retinol in Ayurveda, still there is no doubt regarding its wide use in almost all fields of medicines including Ayurveda in limited as well as good amount of compositions as its extraordinary properties including prevention of aging of skin. However, one should be aware of the do’s and don’ts while using this compound, especially if you are a beginner. This includes always starting its use at a slow pace as a beginner. It also involves slight or complete prepping of your skin, if at all the usage of the compound might show signs like redness or slight flaking of the skin. But after this adjustment period the skin is likely to get used to it by adapting to new changes that the compound has brought it.

According to one’s skin concerns and the way how one’s skin tolerates the compound; it might take 6-12 weeks for results to start displaying.

So, to start with, it is always better to use thrice a week or prescribed by your physician and later on can increase or decrease the frequency of usage according to one's need, convenience and skin conditions. Also, it is often used as a night-routine product widely.

For a healthy and young skin, Retinol would always be one among the best and handy options that you might want. Adding on, its anti-aging property is just something every person might be searching for. So this magical compound could be just the right product to aid you with most of your skin concerns regardless of your age!

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