Retinol has a laundry list of benefits, but it also has a laundry list of potential side effects, one of which is increased sun sensitivity. Since that’s the last thing your complexion needs in the summer months, Zeichner says people are turning to retinol alternatives right now — a category that’s only gotten bigger since the word “bakuchiol” became a household name (among beauty enthusiasts, at least).
Zeichner tells Bustle bakuchiol is still on the rise as an ingredient considered to be “nature’s retinol,” he says. While it isn’t an exact dupe for retinol, “it does have a collagen-stimulating benefit to strengthen the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,” says Zeichner. Try something like PSA Skin’s Midnight Courage Oil for the job. You can also get similar results by regularly using ceramides, epidermal growth factor, peptides, and — of course — sunscreen.
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Dr. Dendy Engelman, M.D., FACMS, FAAD, from Shafer Clinic
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, M.D., New York City-based dermatologist