An expert beauty buyer always checks the labels for ingredients like Retinol, Salicylic acid, Hyaluronic acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid. Well, these ingredients are used to treat different skin concerns.
Many a times we buy these because we do not know their natural substitutes. My idea behind this blog is to make you aware of the natural counterparts of these ingredients.
(I will also be stating the uses of the chemicals that are used in the creams and serums).
RETINOL: This skin hero takes the lead in the skincare as this is only “proven” ingredient for anti-aging. It has excellent skin plumping properties and is effective in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. It is sometimes referred to as Vitamin A. The flip side- it can cause severe skin irritation and redness making the skin hypersensitive.
Natural Substitute: Bakuchiol and Frankincense Oil though nothing really compares to Retinol, the only substance that is effective enough is Bakuchiol, a plant extract that is rapidly gaining popularity in the skincare sector. It diminishes lines, evens out skin tone and also boots collagen making the skin look younger, but with no redness and irritation, unlike its chemical counterpart. A big thumbs-up for this one.
Frankincense oil: Revered since ancient times, this oil is popularly used to maintain a young and healthy skin. Another swap for Retinol. It reduces fines lines, lifts the skin and tightens the pores on the skin. It is also known to repair skin tissues thereby improving scars. It is incredibly soothing to the skin unlike Retinol.
HYALURONIC ACID: This is well known for its hydrating properties. It alleviates dry skin thus reducing the appearance of fine lines. It also repairs skin tissues and is useful for healing scars and wounds.
Natural Substitute: Rose Oil rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, Rose Oil has intense hydrating properties and works wonders for dry skin. It helps in reducing signs of aging and appearance of scars. It is known to be beneficial with skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
SALICYLIC ACID (Beta Hydroxy Acid): A popular name within the acne ridden circles. No other substance can fight severe acne like salicylic acid. It is a great exfoliant and unclogs pores effectively, thereby reducing acne and gets rid of Blackheads as well as whiteheads. However, this is best suited for oily and acnes prone skin. It is known to create skin sensitivity and dryness for the other skin types.
Natural Substitute: Lemon Oil there are a lot of fruits/fruit masks that give similar benefits of salicylic acid, but none get close to Lemon oil. The only effective substitute for salicylic acid. There are various ways to include this oil in your skincare routine and reaping benefits without having to use its strong counterpart.
ALPHA HYDROXY ACID (AHA): A major go-to ingredient in may skincare products that mostly deal in anti-aging. It stimulates collagen, brightens the skin tone, reduces lines and improves the overall appearance of the skin. However, AHAs are known to cause skin irritation and sensitive skin types need to be cautious while using it.
Natural Substitutes: Sugarcane and Yogurt:These substances give the exact results as AHAs. There are few other fruits that contain AHAs. One can make different types of skin peels at home instead of opting for chemical peels. I have tried a few of them and they did work! No complaints whatsoever! Maybe I will share few ideas of these peels in another post.
These are the best and most effective alternatives to their chemical counterparts.
That’s it for this post. I have opted for most of the natural alternatives and they worked quite well for me. Fingers crossed