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The latest cool kid to hit Sephora’s shelves: Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-Alt Power Serum ($58). It’s a natural retinol alternative that smooths fine lines while leaving behind zero redness, irritation or dry skin.
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No surprise here, but we love a good, prescription-level retinoid—after all, powerful retinols are the key ingredient for anti-aging the skin without having to resort to pricey injections or plastic surgery treatments. However, not everyone can tolerate the power behind these products, which can commonly cause irritation, dryness or even painful, peeling skin.
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So, if you’re one of those people who stays far, far away from retinol due to those pesky side effects, we have some good news for you. There’s a new alternative on the market that’s perfect for anyone looking to anti-age without any irritation.
Enter: Ole Henriksen’s Glow Cycle Retin-Alt Power Serum. Using bakuchiol—a natural retinol alternative derived from the Ayurvedic babchi plant—this serum levels out wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elasticity. But that’s not all, it also contains alphahydroxy acids, which dissolve dead skin cells and trigger the skin’s reparative process when applied.
Unlike most retinol products, this serum is suitable for use every day during both the night and daytime (yes, it’s that gentle). And for even more youth-boosting benefits, follow the serum up with the brand’s accompanying night cream, the Goodnight Glow Retin-Alt Sleeping Créme ($55). The moisturizer uses the same natural retinol as the serum, but is thicker texture-wise and also contains glycolic and lactic acids, hibiscus flower extract and chamomile so brighter, firmer skin is achieved overnight.
So, retinol haters rejoice—you can still slow down your skin’s aging process without resorting to harsh products. Plus, this formula is the prettiest shade of pearlescent purple we’ve ever seen and melts into our skin for a radiant sheen each and every time. Compared to plain, old retinol, this natural version appears to be quite the one-upper, and we’re definitely drinking the Kool-Aid.