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Skincare secret: Get retinol results minus the side-effects

When it comes to skincare, natural is best.

The beauty world can't stop talking about the benefits of retinol. Proven to reduce everything from fine lines to pigmentation, the active skincare product is now a staple in many bathroom cabinets.

However, while most of us like the effects of retinol, not all of us have skin that can cope with the side effects. It can cause dryness, flakiness, redness and irritation — even on skin that isn't normally sensitive. It's also advised that you don't use it during pregnancy, meaning some women are left not knowing how to treat their skin concerns for several months.

Now skincare aficionados are raving about Ciencia Skincare's "amazing" retinol alternative that's gentler on skin with similar rejuvenating effects. "It's a great product. I love it so much," said one happy customer in an online review.

Bottle of Retin8 skincare serum
Ciencia's Retin8 is a naturally derived alternative to retinol. Photo: Supplied

Retin8 by Ciencia contains a sustainable, organic, leaf-based extract called Stevisse, which is derived from the stevia plant. Traditionally used as a sweetener, it also has skin healing and soothing properties similar to that of retinol.

Suitable for use during both pregnancy and breastfeeding, it's vegan-friendly and can be used both in the morning and at night. It helps promote cellular resistance to oxidative stress and helps inhibit the skin's inflammatory pathways.


Desribed by customers as "exceptional" and "a must have" Retin8 also contains a unique formulation called Lipomoist, which delivers more potent hydration than hyaluronic acid. This helps keep skin smooth and supple.

Ciencia products
Shoppers are raving about Ciencia Skincare. Photo: Supplied

Ciencia was founded by Aussie dermal clinician Amanda Quigley, who wanted to help her clients find a topical alternative to injectables and other more invasive procedures.

Happy customers swear by the range, which also includes Exeler8 wrinkle-reduction serum and Arestaline8 wrinkle correction cream to help plump your skin and give it a stunning glow.

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