Retinol For Everyone

Retinol has been the little darling of dermatologists for a while and with good reason. This is because it’s been proven to help retexturize the skin, diminish the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration and leave skin looking firmer. Though, in addition to all this good stuff it can have a dark side in the form of irritation. BUT, what if you could have all the positive results without the negative? Well, turns out, you can.

Our Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum is a power-packed serum that features bakuchiol, a retinol alternative that gives your skin retinol-like benefits without the irritating side-effects. What that means is bakuchiol helps your skin look smoother, more even toned, lifted and radiant—but it won’t give you that post-retinol red, irritated or flaky look. Because hey, who needs that???

Let’s go a little deeper into why your skin needs this. For those of you who love your retinol and have no plans of giving it up, this is for you as well. As mentioned before, the ingredient that makes our Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum so special (besides our sugarcane-derived squalane) is bakuchiol. From the Babchi (Psoralea corylifolia) plant, bakuchiol has historical roots in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and was traditionally used to help treat a variety of skin conditions. Recently, it was also discovered to have the same great anti-aging benefits as retinol when applied to the skin, but without the not so great side-effects. And unlike retinol, it can be used during the day without any sun sensitivity issues. It’s like getting your cake and eating it too—and you don’t have to deal with any carbs.

For you hardcore I’m-never-giving-up-my-retinol types, here’s the good news: keep using it. Yep that’s right, keep on using your favorite retinol product but pair it with Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum for even better results. Because in addition to bakuchiol giving you retinol-like goodness without the badness, it was clinically shown to help retinol work better and take the edge off those undesirable effects.

So, if you thought you couldn’t use retinol…think again. Well ok, you still might not actually be able to use retinol, but we have the perfect alternative. Wishes really do come true…

Until next time,

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Mollie Jensen


My lifelong obsession with the world of beauty started at an early age and kicked off right out of high school as a makeup artist. My dreams of being the next big thing in Hollywood took a detour as I discovered esthetics and became fascinated with how the skin functions. From there I worked post-operatively with patients in a burn trauma unit, helping them care for their skin and conceal their scars. This led to product formulation and the world of aromatherapy where I began my career in product development. As a consultant for several years working with many startups, I quickly became the go-to in helping launch and rebrand product lines, my specialties in product formulation, regulatory compliant copywriting and building cohesive brand personalities. My love of natural and sustainable beauty led me to Biossance, where I happily reside as Senior Marketing Manager for new product development.

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