a selection of Retin-Alts sitting on a table

At 45+ I have tried my fair share of skincare products, some have been winners, many promising the fountain of youth, but leave me looking exactly the same, to my dismay.

Back in 2016 I was doing some research for a skincare segment on The Marilyn Denis Show and came across an ingredient known as ‘bakuchiol’,  a newly discovered, plant-based retinol alternative. It’s a natural compound obtained from Indian babchi seeds (Psoralea Corylifolia) and is making some pretty big waves in green beauty. And for good reason!

A study conducted back in 2018 on bakuchiol showed similar skin benefits to retinol — including an overall reduction in fine wrinkles and pigmentation associated with natural and photoaging — without the side effects that often come with the use of retinol, like dryness and skin irritation.

If you’ve used Retinol you know it can also irritate the skin terribly and can cause inflammation, eczema and even rosacea.

With ‘bakuchiol’, you have all the benefits without all the side effects.

Enter Corpa Flora, this Canadian skincare brand prides itself on top-notch clean beauty that works and their Antidote 2, which contains ‘bakuchiol’, is a real stand out for me.

I’ve been using it for 4 months before bed, every night. It’s super light and is absorbed very quickly, you don’t need much. It comes in a pump, I only pump it halfway, its more than enough.

a bottle of Retin-Alts from Corpa Flora

It has a very light, pleasant scent.

My skin felt really good in the morning and I did find that apply my makeup was easier.

I felt overall it did help smooth out my complexion as well. My skin is a little more glowly as well.

Pick up your bottle here and use the code and use the code ECOHUB for a 15% discount.

A gentle alternative formula for people with sensitive skin looking for the benefits of Retinol without its side effects. This ANTIDOTE is a good source of fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 7 and 9).

The second hero product I want to tell you about is the Fullmoon Serum from Graydon. I’ve been using Graydon’s products for as long as I can remember and have never been let down. This one is no exception.

The botanical retinol included in Fullmoon Serum has many proven benefits and mechanism of action similar to conventional retinol but with improved tolerance and greater stability (it can even be safely worn during the day).​

a bottle Retin-Alts from Graydon

Botanical retinol is an extract from the ​Vigna Aconitifolia​ (Moth Bean) seed and is not actually a vitamin a derivative. ​Vigna Aconitifolia​ is a type of legume native to India and Pakistan. This potent extract has been proven to be as effective in skincare products as synthetic retinoids.​

Research shows that Vigna aconitifolia extract penetrates into the skin, where it works on a molecular level to jump-start the production of collagen and boost cell renewal.​ Additionally, this botanical alternative to retinol contains phenolic compounds – caffeic acid, cinnamic acid, ferulic acid, and kaempferol.

I used it for about 6 months, it has a sweet subtle scent which I love.

It goes on smoothly and is not greasy at all. It absorbs very quickly and a little goes a long way.

Overall I did notice less redness and more even skin tone after using it.

You can grab yours here, remember to use the code ECOHUB for 15% off.


Meet The Miracle Retin-Alts I'm Obsessed With

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Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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