Why Plant Actives are Better for Skin than Retinol

Why Plant Actives are Better for Skin than Retinol

At Nakin we love to use plant ingredients in our natural anti-ageing face products and we also have a long list of ingredients that we never use in our skincare, and this includes retinol. Instead, we prefer to use plant and natural actives to help skin to look good. This is because they are so much kinder to our skin and whole systems.

One of the benefits of using retinol is for its anti-wrinkle and renewal properties, and at Nakin we try to improve these with plant ingredients instead. Our best products for lines and wrinkles are the Exfoliating Radiance Tonic with lots of renewing fruit AHAs, and the Performance Face Serum plus Eye Cream Complex with their line smoothing hibiscus peptide, although the results will be subtle as they are natural. They also help with lots of other skin concerns.

Plant actives are increasingly recognised for their gentle yet effective properties, making them a preferred choice for skin care over traditional retinol. Unlike retinol, which can cause irritation, redness, and peeling, especially in sensitive skin, plant actives can offer a similar rejuvenating effect on the skin's texture and appearance without the harsh side effects. Plant-based ingredients are often rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential oils, which not only support skin cell renewal but also provide hydration, improve elasticity, and help in combatting environmental stressors. This natural approach to skin care aligns with a growing desire for sustainable and holistic wellness practices, making plant actives a superior option for those seeking effective yet gentle skin care solutions.

Plant actives also offer a wide range of benefits beyond anti-ageing. Many plant-based ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe and calm irritated or sensitive skin. Others, have brightening effects that can help with hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.

In addition to these skin-specific benefits, plant actives have the added bonus of being environmentally friendly as they are made from plants. Many traditional retinol products are made with synthetic chemicals that are alien to our environment. Furthermore, using plant actives in skincare supports sustainable farming practices and this not only benefits our planet but often also promotes ethical and fair labour practices.

Plant actives are also beneficial for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. Since they are natural and free from synthetic ingredients, they are less likely to cause irritation or clog pores, making them a safer option for those with reactive skin.

With all these benefits, it is no wonder that we incorporate plant actives into our formulations. However, it's important to note that not all plant-based products are created equal. To ensure the effectiveness of plant actives in your skincare routine, look for products with high-quality anti-ageing ingredients.

Plant actives offer a plethora of benefits for both our skin and the environment. From soothing and brightening effects to sustainable sourcing and ethical production, incorporating plant-based ingredients into your skincare routine is a win-win for everyone. So next time you are shopping for skincare products, consider choosing ones like Nakin's with natural plant actives for a more holistic approach to healthy skin.

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