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Why Use a Natural Retinol Alternative

Why Use a Natural Retinol Alternative

A completely natural retinol is clean and safe for all skin types (even sensitive skin) and it’s vegan! 

Other retinoids, including naturally-derived retinol, involve chemicals in their production and sometimes are combined with other chemical ingredients in the final product.

Retinoids can irritate the skin and make the skin more susceptible to the damaging effects of UV radiation [i] [ii]. If you are using a retinoid, you need to be using a sunscreen during the day, and reapplying it every 2 hours [iii] [iv]. Many jurisdictions have banned the use of some retinoids in cosmetics, and restricted the use of others to low concentrations [v] [vi]. 

Some will argue that natural retinols work more slowly. This is true – natural retinols work gradually, allowing the skin to adapt. Studies show that after a couple of months, you obtain the same results regardless of the type of retinoid you are using [vii] [viii]. With a synthetic retinoid, you may see results faster, but you may also be putting your skin at risk.

Imaya Beauty's Retinoic Face Oil is natural, clean, safe, vegan and cruelty-free.


[i] Mukherjee S (2006) Retinoids for the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety. Clin Interv Aging 1(4): 327-48.

[ii] National Toxicology Program report: “Photocarcinogenesis study of retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate” August 2012

[iii] American Academy of Dermatology (2019) Sunscreen FAQs. Retrieved from

[iv] Ortho Pharmaceuticals (2012) Renova 0.02%. Product Monograph. Retrieved from

[v] The proposition 65 list. California Office of Environmental Health hazard Assessment. January 3, 2020. 

[vi] Health Canada Cosmetic Hotlist. 2020

[vii] Kang S et al (1995) Application of retinol to human skin in vivo induces epidermal hyperplasia and cellular retinoid binding proteins characteristic of retinoic acid but without measurable retinoic acid levels or irritation. J Invest Dermatol 105(4): 549-556.

[viii] Kong R et al (2016) A comparative study of the effects of retinol and retinoic acid on histological, molecular, and clinical properties of human skin. J Cosmet Dermatol 15(1):49-57. doi:10.1111/jocd.12193

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