WTF Is Phyto-Retinol?

I have tried every retinol and retinol derivative under the sun and I’m so over it.

A lot of people share my thoughts and mostly quit using retinol before they see any effects from it. There are two reasons for this. One is that retinoal (aka vitamin A) is so hardcore in chemically exfoliating your skin that it may cause your face to get red and flaky. It takes a lot of confidence to get through this stage and us normal folk can’t handle sitting in a meeting and looking like a fried tomato.

The other reason people quit is that they don’t see results fast enough. It takes four to six weeks for people to start seeing even a tiny bit of result from retinol, with consistent use. Who has the patience for that?

Enter my current obsession.


Squalance + Phyto-Retinol Serum


Okay, first things first: wtf is phyto-retinol?!

Basically it’s the name that Biossance has given their product to show that they are using bakuchiol, a chemical found in plants used in Ayurvedic medicine. Similar to resveratrol (the same chemical in red wine) in its organic structure, bakuchiol has been shown to help stave off cancer. It has also been shown to be a natural alternative to retinol to help stave off wrinkles.

Sure but what is squalane?

Squalane is a chemical compound that is naturally found in our bodies. Biossance extracts squalene from plants and hydrolyzes it to turn it into squalane, something that the skin can absorb and use to keep the skin looking plump and hydrated. The bad news? How much your body naturally creates over time tapers off (ugh).

The Results

Within the first week of using this product, I found that my 11s (wrinkles between my eyebrows) seemed less deep. My skin was hydrated and soft without being greasy. The squalane makes me feel like I’m seeing results quickly and I trust the bakuchiol is working to reverse those wrinkles and fine lines over time. All of this without the ugly redness and flaking that comes with traditional retinol serums.

I use this serum every night before bed and I wake up feeling like I’m aging backwards.