From Bidens pilosa, plant-based amino acids, Epilobio extract or even our much-loved Artemisia Umbelliformis…These are some of the natural alternatives to retinol and vitamin C you need to be aware of (and include in your routine) if you have sensitive skin…
Retinol (derived from vitamin A) and vitamin C are the ingredients hot on every dermatologist’s (and skinfluencer’s) lips. However, although both active ingredients have carved out quite a niche for themselves on the skincare podium in recent years, it does not mean that they are necessarily the best ingredients for you, despite their good performance rating.
The scientific community, press and consumers all tend to stick with actives they are more familiar with. At Twelve, we decided to leave our comfort zone and explore botanical alternatives to these two heavyweights. Our goal being to provide the same excellent results with actives better tolerated by even the most sensitive of skin types.
Bidens Pilosa: The natural alternative to retinol
Despite being considered a weed in certain tropical areas, Bidens pilosa has taken the “bio-retinol” crown in the skincare world. This wonder plant offers all the benefits of retinol, but without causing photosensitivity or irritation, which are common complaints when using retinoids. In addition, its environmentally-friendly method of extraction allows its active compounds to be obtained in greater concentration and purity. This means the formulas that contain them are more powerful yet kinder on skin.
Among its multitude of skin benefits, Bidens pilosa is known to:
· Greatly stimulate the production of collagen.
· Decrease the depth of expression lines.
· Regulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin, thus improving the firmness of the skin.
· Reduce the production of melanin, attenuating spots and evening out the tone.
· Act as a sebum regulator and reduce redness.
· Be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and it can also be used during the day.
· And, as icing on the cake, it is also a powerful antioxidant.
(You can find Bidens pilosa extract and more in our new Plant Perfection Gel Serum dropping November 20, 2022.)
Artemisia Umbelliformis, 8 times more powerful than vitamin C
If you are looking for an ingredient that is just as free radical busting as vitamin C, but gentler on sensitive skin, Artemisia Umbelliformis extract is an excellent choice. Rich in flavonoids, chlorogenic acid and tannins, recent studies show that Artemisia provides an incredible protective antioxidant action, one comparable to pure vitamin C but more stable. Here at Twelve, there is no doubt in our minds that Artemisia Umbelliformis is a very valid natural alternative to vitamin C to protect your complexion from oxidative stress and rejuvenate your skin.
But that’s not all. This extract is also prized for its healing and soothing benefits, as it contains high quantities of vitamin E, known to help retain moisture in skin and reduce redness. Furthermore, it naturally fights bacteria, helping to reduce breakouts. Which is great news for acne-prone skin.
Where to find it in your Twelve favourites:
Purifying Cleansing Beauty Cream
Ultra Revitalising Elixir
Ideal Moisture Level Serum
Ideal Rebalancing Level Serum
Ideal Brightening Corrective Serum
Essential Bio-Technological Moisturiser
Nutritive Repair Emulsion
Rapid Eye Treatment
Rewarding Body Balm
Artemisia Power Protection Moisturiser SPF 50+