Q: What’s an effective substitute for retinol for those with sensitive skin?
There is a host of ingredients that can deliver skin-plumping and retexturising effects similar to those offered by retinol. There’s vitamin C, which helps build collagen, diminish the look of age spots and strengthen the skin, as well as vitamin E, said to have anti-ageing properties. For skin-plumping effects, you can look to hyaluronic acid, and to combat texture and acne issues, there’s glycolic acid, which sloughs off surface dead skin cells to reveal clearer, brighter skin. Arbutin and alpha-hydroxy acids, too, can improve the look of sun-damaged skin, fine lines and age spots. For suitable retinol substitutes that tackle specific skin concerns, seek a doctor’s advice.
This story was first published in the August 2016 issue of Her World magazine.