Antiaging Alternatives for People Who Are Too Sensitive to Retinol
If retinols and retinoids are too harsh for your sensitive skin, there’s hope for your antiaging regimen yet. Skipping the harsher (read: highly effective) ingredients doesn’t mean your antiaging game needs to take a seat. There are still plenty of antiaging wonders out there that are specifically designed with sensitive skin in mind. Take a look through these picks for must-try products that will get those fine lines and wrinkles in shipshape, stat—but without the irritation.
BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster Facial Oil
This budget-friendly serum gets its antiaging power from bakuchiol oil, a plant-derived alternative to retinol that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Buy: $17; urbanoutfitters.com
Beautycounter Countertime Regimen Set
We’re not naming a specific product here, we’re just giving you the whole shebang. From the moisturizing essence to the eye cream, this lot is going to change your skin for the better—and without the irritation that comes along with many other age-fighting potions.
Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
Here’s another bukuchiol winner. This time formulated along with squalene and hyaluronic acid. The result is a line-smoothing, lightweight serum that not only moisturizes, but actually locks it in to ensure long-term hydration.
Buy: $72; sephora.com
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic
It’s remarkable what a brightened-up complexion can do. This medicinal little bottle holds a serum that both defends against future environmental damage while also brightening and firming skin tone and texture, replenishing skin lipids, and firming lines and wrinkles. The 1-ounce bottle comes with a steep price tag, but just a few drops once a day will do you.
Buy: $166; dermstore.com
Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum
A powerful array of antioxidant-rich berries is the secret sauce in this serum. The pink, milky gel defends against aging and soothes and hydrates skin.
Buy: $31; dermstore.com
DERMA E Vitamin C Night Cream
A combination of rooibos and probiotics work to protect and strengthen the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and delivering smoother skin overnight.
Buy: $19.99; ulta.com