Effective All Natural Alternative to Retinol

alternative to retinol

Young looking skin is something all women want.  Most women use or have used products with retinol to achieve great looking skin because it works.  I used these products for years for acne and then later for it’s anti-aging properties and liked how it make my skin look.  The drawback to using retinols like Retin-A is that it makes the skin very sensitive.  If I were to get my eyebrows waxed I would need to discontinue use of retinols for a few days before otherwise my skin would become so irritated it was almost raw.  This fact was a bit alarming because it made me wonder what it was really doing to my skin but I didn’t know what else to use to get the same results.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter I learned that retinols are not recommended for pregnant women because of the amount of vitamin A exposure.  Overuse of vitamin A has been linked to birth defects and since retinols are a form of vitamin A they are not recommended.  Some studies done about Vitamin A show that it should not to be taken in high doses because it can cause permanent brain damage if taken orally.  In addition, there are studies now that are indicating that you might not want to apply this topically because it can cause skin damage as well.  Retinol is very powerful and if it is used on sensitive skin or used too often, it can begin to harm the texture of your skin, causing it to look weathered.  Because it can strip the layers of the skin, those newly exposed layers are now going to be subjected to the dangers of the surrounding environment, causing it to age prematurely.  There is also some concern that applying retinol skin products will add to the vitamin A stores in your body. This might be building up this toxic vitamin in the nervous system, causing long term damage.  During pregnancy these higher levels of Vitamin A might cause a higher risk of birth defects and developmental delays.

After learning all of this information I was determined to find a natural alternative to retinol products that would produce similar results.  I came across some interesting information about rose hip seed oil and it’s anti-aging properties.  Rose hip seed oil is an amazing product, which has only recently become recognized by the general public. The popularity is for a good reason because it is believed to be the best oil available for anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation. Numerous scientific studies have also taken place, which have yielded astounding evidence supporting the use of Rose hip Seed oil.

In 1983 the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals using rose hip seed oil. The tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rose hip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Another well-known study in 1988 was conducted on twenty women between the ages of 25-35 with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled, and had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. After four months of applying rose hip seed oil daily, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared, and the skin had a fresher and healthier look.

Personally I have been using rose hip seed oil in my own homemade skin serums for a couple of years and have had great results.  In fact, my skin is better then ever.  Rose hip seed oil has worked better then any retinol products I have ever used.  My skin tone is even, any red marks or scarring has disappeared, and my skin is smoother and softer then ever.

Although you can use rosehipseed oil all on it’s own, you may want to try something that includes a mixture of oils for even more skin-nourishing benefits.  For my own skin, I created this facial serum which I my which has completely changed the look of my own skin.  If you are looking for a natural alternative to your anti-aging products this is it.


Have you used ever tried rose hip seed oil?


  1. Greta Trocki via Facebook says

    Hummm, I can’t seem to get the link to work. Is it just me, or is anyone else having this trouble?

  2. Greta Trocki via Facebook says

    No worries; I thought it might just be me, as I’ve had some computer issues lately, too. Thanks!

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    • says

      Hi Mona, There are two facial oil (serum) recipes in my book. One is a vitamin e serum and the other is an herbal serum. Keep in mind that rose hip seed oil can be added to any serum recipe to add the vitamin C. Let me know if you have any other questions about the book I’d be happy to help.

  4. Maria says

    Hi, I was looking for rosehip oil safety in pregnancy and came across your website. I read in Wikipedia that rosehip oil contains tretinoin, and some websites in Google say that topical tretinoin should be avoided in pregnancy. What do you think? Thanks.

    • Chris says

      Tretinoin is the pharmaceutical (lab created) form of vitamin A. That’s the generic. Rose hip oil is completely natural and is in NO way related AT ALL to Tretinoin. If you see something called Tretinoin for sale it is lab created vitamin A or “Retin-A” as most of us know it. It’s almost impossible to picture rose hip oil being unsafe during pregnancy but if you’re worried hold off, still I can’t imagine it would be harmful. It’s so full of vitamins and essential fatty acids it would probably be useful in keeping you from getting stretch marks or treating them afterward. Rose hip oil is a super safe oil — think olive oil. It’s equally safe and good for you as olive oil.


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