Why does Retinol Sometimes Make Skin Worse? And Why We Chose Bakuchiol & Retinal Instead.

Retinol is a potent form of vitamin A that’s clinically proven for its anti-aging effects on skin. So far, so good. Unfortunately, it often triggers a skin reaction, called retinisation, which leads to redness, drying and peeling. 

This can be a short-term side effect before the benefits kick in. However some people find they get stuck with the negative effects of retinol and never see any positive results. 

If this sounds like less than good news, don’t worry. There’s an alternative that can provide the benefits of retinol without the unwanted sensitisation. 

By combining a milder variant of Vitamin A, called retinaldehyde, with the plant-based antioxidant bakuchiol, you can get the best of both worlds. Bakuchiol augments the anti-aging benefits of retinoids while avoiding the side effects. Clinical trials back this up


The results showed that, after 12 weeks treatment, significant improvement in lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, firmness and overall reduction in photo-damage was observed, without usual retinol therapy-associated undesirable effects. 


This is the reason Ao uses a combination of naturally derived and clinically proven ingredients, including retinaldehyde and bakuchiol. Why risk retinisation when there’s an alternative that avoids the downside?


Bakuchiol + Retinaldehyde: Give This Powerful Anti-Aging Duo a Go

Raw Nurture PM Treatment

Buy for $75 USD or save $15 (and get free US delivery) when you purchase it as part of the Native Core set.*

An antioxidant and nutrient-rich night blend that hydrates, exfoliates and stimulates collagen production. Repairs, restores and conditions to make skin stronger and more fit. Learn More.

Skin Concerns: 

  • Sun Damage
  • Uneven Skin Tone
  • Dryness
  • Thinning Skin


Dynamic Actives:

  • Bakuchiol (Retinol substitute)
  • Resveratrol
  • Bearberry Leaf Extract
  • Olive Leaf Extract


Buy for $75 USD or pair with AM Treatment or PM Serum for free delivery (US).


Reverse Longitude PM Serum-Shot

Buy for $95 USD or save $15 (and get free US delivery) when you purchase it as part of the Dynamic Layer set.*

An antioxidant-infused hit of Retinal that helps to reduce the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Learn More.

Skin Concerns:

  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles
  • Reduced Elasticity
  • Skin Roughness
  • Dryness
  • Red Blotchiness
  • Hyperpigmentation


Dynamic Actives:

    • Retinal (Retinaldehyde)
    • Bakuchiol


    Buy for $95 USD or pair with AM Serum or PM Treatment for free delivery (US).


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