Why Bio-Retinol Is The New Retinol Alternative

Is Bio-Retinol Better Than Retinol?

You may have noticed that if you use any anti-aging products, chances are they likely contain Retinol or Retinyl palmitate in them. Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative ingredient that has been used for decades in cosmetic skin creams. Retinol is bright yellow in appearance and products that use it will be tinted yellow. Note that if the product is not tinted yellow, it either does not contain enough Retinol or the Retinol has already broken down, so you will not see any changes in your skin. Learn more about What is Retinol. Retinyl palmitate is estimated to be about 20% weaker than Retinol and works by stimulating collagen production, whereas Retinol is stronger and also increases skin cell turnover as well as stimulating collagen production. Learn more about What is Retinyl Palmitate. Although it helps rejuvenate and revitalize your skin, recent studies have shown that Retinol may not be as safe as we thought. Here’s a list of Retinol side effects:

  • It is listed by the FDA as "category X," meaning it should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Clinical studies carried out on rats suggest that Retinyl palmitate might accelerate the growth of tumor cells.
  • Many scientists believe that as Retinol increases cellular turnover, it also causes thinning of the skin with prolonged use.
  • Due to photochemical and hydrolytic instability, use of products that contain Retinol is primarily restricted to night time.
  • Physical side effects include redness, irritation, stinging, burning, itching, skin flaking, and significant sensitivity to sunlight.

Bio-Retinol: The Retinol Alternative

So what do you do if you want the anti-aging benefits of Retinol, but without all of the negative side effects? Luckily, there have been amazing advancements in ingredient technology and we now have access to plant derived "Bio-Retinols" which are not part of the Vitamin A family but function in the skin in the same way as Retinol to deliver the same anti-aging benefits but without the side effects. Two of the best Bio-Retinols available are Sytenol® A and Revinage.

Sytenol® A

Sytenol® A is a plant compound found on the ingredient label as Bakuchiol. Sytenol®A  works in the same retinoid receptor in the skin as Retinol. It displays Retinol-like activity without the negative side effects of Retinol. Sytenol ®A helps to protect against detrimental effects of UV exposure, has a high antioxidant profile, is a strong inhibitor of pro-inflammatory enzymes and has a strong inhibitory effect against UV induced erythema as well as broad spectrum antibacterial and antifungal activities.


Revinage is a mixture of plant extracts and is found on the ingredient label as Bidens Pilosa Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil and Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil. Revinage displays Retinoid receptor activity and mimics the same positive results of Retinol to fight skin aging. Revinage results in visibly younger, luminous and firm skin. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin elasticity. Revinage displays anti-inflammatory action and is a powerful antioxidant (decreases free radical generation and stimulates SOD and CAT production).

As you can see, with modern technology there really is no reason to choose anti-aging skincare that still uses Retinol. Instead look for next-generation anti-aging products, such as Trufora’s Patent Pending Night Serum 85 that contains Sytenol®A and Revinage and has been shown in clinical studies to be effective, safe, non-irritating and suitable for all skin types. Trufora is also Dermatologist tested and recommended, 100% fragrance free, non-comedogenic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. All Trufora products are Vegan Certified and Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free Certified. Go to www.trufora.com to learn more.