Want the benefits of retinol without the harsh side effects? As experts in clean skincare, we always recommend a high quality, targeted serum to address your skincare concerns. Our routine always involves a serum and sunscreen, even if it may not always involve a moisturizer. But there is a new kid on the block that is making big waves and we can't get enough! It's called Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a natural retinol alternative, without the harsh side effects of retinol. Traditionally retinol is used to plump and firm the skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines, however it comes with some concerning side effects such as extreme dryness, peeling skin, or redness. To top it off, retinol often contains toxic preservatives such as BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene). No thanks! Nature produces the best ingredients for skincare. We often say that nature produces the best ingredients for skincare. Derived from the psoralea corylifolia plant, also known as Bu Gu Zhi in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Babchi in Ayurvedic medicine, Bakuchiol is a thoroughly researched plant based retinol alternative. The benefits of Bakuchiol include smooth skin, reducing sun damage, reducing congestion, and fine lines and wrinkles, but without the harsh side effects of retinol. Natural retinol alternatives include Bakuchiol and Moth Bean Extract. (1) The Etymologie Bakuchiol Serum is made with Bakuchiol and salicylic acid from wintergreen leaves that work together to gently exfoliate the skin within the pores, targeting existing breakouts and preventing future ones. If you suffer from adult acne, congestion and fine lines, but find acids and retinol too harsh, this is the product for you. (2) Graydon Skincare Full Moon Serum is formulated with botanical collagen, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, oligopeptides and botanical retinol from the moth bean plant, anti-inflammatory blue tansy, and infused with Graydon's favorite gemstone malachite. Fullmoon Serum helps to improve and protect your skin’s natural beauty while combating comprehensive signs of aging. We mix 4 drops of the Fullmoon Serum with 4 drops of Graydon's Superfood Serum to moisturize, hydrate and target fine lines and wrinkles. (3) Graydon Skincare Phytoclear Cream is a gel-like natural retinol face moisturizer is made of not just one, but two retinol-like botanicals like bakuchiol and moth bean, which makes it the perfect choice if you’re looking to get all the benefits of conventional retinol without the possible side effects. Perfect for acne-prone or oily skin. Want to learn more about clean living and a holistic lifestyle? Follow us on instagram where we share tips, tricks and ideas to enhance your beauty and wellbeing.