Retinol Is So 1990s

Retinol Is So 1990s

Retinol has been an age-decelerating go-to for decades. Learn about the Alt-Pharma™ ingredients that are just as effective and worry-free.

Retinol has been a gold standard for age-deceleration, and for good reason. It treats a myriad of concerns from lines and wrinkles, to dark spots, to loss of volume and elasticity.

So what’s not to love? It does have some side effects and restrictions. Here are some upsides, downsides, and worry-free alternatives that are just as effective.

Upside: Retinol stimulates cell turnover (think exfoliation) to help smooth lines and wrinkles.

Downside: This can lead to flaking, peeling, redness, and irritation.

For the Win: GABA is a naturally occurring neuropeptide. It’s known as Nature’s Botox for its ability to relax the tense facial muscles that cause common wrinkles and expression lines to appear, instantly and over time, with zero reactivity.

Upside: Retinol helps firm and plump skin too.

Downside: It makes your skin sun sensitive, which is why it’s recommended for nighttime use only.

For the Win: Polyglutamic Acid (PGA) brings back skin’s bounce and is a super hydrator. In fact, it holds up to 10 times more moisture than Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Who doesn’t want to reap those benefits day and night? The good news is you can. PGA is non-sensitizing so you can plump it up 24/7.

Upside: Retinol is a relatively safe topical treatment.

Downside: It’s not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It’s one of the reasons it’s banned by EWG™ (The Environmental Working Group) which scores ingredients based on potential risks and health hazards.

For the Win: A.P. CHEM doesn’t include any ingredients banned by EWG. Why risk it? GABA, PGA, and the other heroes in all of our formulas are safe for twice daily use, even for those pregnant or nursing.

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