The Best Natural Retinol Cacay Oil & Bakuchiol Serum

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative, regarded as one of the most effective topical skincare treatments to target signs of ageing. It helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates collagen production, plumps ageing skin, improves uneven skin tone, and fades hyperpigmentation.

However, that’s where the good news ends: most retinol in skincare is synthetic, and commonly results in skin reactions such as redness, flakiness, irritation, and increased sensitivity to the sun. To minimise these reactions, users must slowly increase frequency and strength over time to build up tolerance. Synthetic retinol products are not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Luckily, natural retinol skincare provides the same anti-ageing benefits as synthetic retinol, without the negative side-effects. Cacay oil is a natural vitamin A and has been dubbed a ‘miracle oil’ for its ability to improve signs of ageing, while being gentle, stable, and suited to all skin types. Bakuchiol isn’t a retinol – it’s a natural retinol alternative, which mimics the effects of retinol without irritation.

Cacay oil: a natural retinol

Cacay oil is a natural retinol (vitamin A) from the nut of the cacay tree

Cacay oil is a non-irritating, natural vitamin A (AKA a bio-retinol), which stimulates cell renewal to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Abundant in vitamin E, the anti-ageing ingredient boosts collagen to improve skin laxity and soften signs of ageing. A rich source of linoleic acid, cacay oil improves the skin tone as it intensely moisturises, for softer, healthier-looking skin.

Bakuchiol: a natural retinol alternative

Bakuchiol is a natural retinol alternative, derived from the babchi plant

An ancient Ayurvedic herb, bakuchiol is a natural retinol alternative, which mimics the benefits of vitamin A without the irritating side effects. Bakuchiol stimulates collagen and elastin production to reveal a smoother, firmer complexion. In a bakuchiol serum, the natural retinol alternative targets uneven skin tone and reduces the appearance of pores to deliver exceptional skin clarity.

Eve Bio-Retinol Line Reduction Serum

Eve Bio-Retinol Line Reduction Serum features natural retinol to target signs of ageing

Powerful on signs of ageing but gentle on skin, Eve Bio-Retinol Line Reduction Serum contains cacay oil and bakuchiol to foster younger-looking skin while revealing a smoother, more radiant skin tone. The natural retinol serum is 100% natural origin, certified organic and vegan, and backed by strong scientific results.

The cacay oil and bakuchiol serum has been scientifically shown in-vitro to stimulate Type I collagen production in human fibroblast skin cells by up to 55%*. In an independent in-vivo trial, 97% of respondents said skin felt smoother after four weeks’ use, and 68% saw a visible reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.**

The bio-retinol serum also contains prickly pear oil, which is rich in amino acids and vitamin E to nurture plump, fuller-looking skin, and Kakadu plum oil, which is primed with protective antioxidants.

Like all Antipodes formulations, Eve Bio-Retinol Line Reduction Serum is safe for use during pregnancy. Always patch test first.

*Trinity Bioactives (2023).

**In-vivo trial results from 37 participants after 4 weeks of use.



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