Dermatologists are obsessed with retinol, the gold-standard ingredient derived from vitamin A that’s been shown time and again in clinical studies to help boost collagen, reduce wrinkles, and zap blemishes. The catch? Retinol is not only extremely irritating and painful for most people (think: flaking, red, and raw skin), but according to the Environmental Working Group, it’s also a high hazard for many reasons, including concerns that it’s a “known human reproductive toxicant” and associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer.


Lucky for us, nature has other solutions for us that are comparable to retinol. Now, we’re not saying they’re exactly the same, but they will help you look just as glowing and youthful—without the risks and burning sensations.


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