Not A Fan Of Retinol? No Problem — 3 Other Ways To Ease Wrinkles
While retinol is one trusted solution for countless skin concerns, fine lines included, it's not suitable for everyone. If you've gone through loads of over-the-counter retinol products just to be met with irritation, sensitivity, and redness, know you're certainly not alone.
Luckily, there are plenty more healthy skin aging remedies out there. To come, three great options to test out if retinol isn't your thing:
As for topical treatments, keep a bakuchiol serum on hand. Think of this ingredient as retinol's gentler cousin. While bakuchiol hasn't been studied as extensively as retinol, the early results are quite promising.
In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, "Bakuchiol and retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation, with no statistical difference between the compounds2," researchers note.
The best part? Bakuchiol users reported less uncomfortable side effects like dryness and irritation, while the retinol users reported more facial skin scaling and stinging.
Finally, start massaging your face if you haven't already—and for those who have experimented with this ritual on and off, consider making it a staple in your daily routine.
There are plenty of ways to do this, plus even more tools on the market to explore. You can opt for a gua sha, face roller, or use your own two hands. To familiarize yourself with the basics, check out this guide.
Retinol is highly effective for easing fine lines and wrinkles, but it can be irritating for some people. If this sounds like a familiar struggle, then consider looking to collagen supplements, bakuchiol topicals, and facial massage to encourage youthful-looking skin, sans sensitivity. And for more health aging skin care tips, take a look at this derm-approved routine.
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty & Health Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including skin care, women’s health, mental health, sustainability, social media trends, and more. She previously interned for Almost 30, a top-rated health and wellness podcast. In her current role, Hannah reports on the latest beauty trends and innovations, women’s health research, brain health news, and plenty more.