, “The First Online Beauty Magazine,” recently published a great article on skin care’s most industrious of multi-taskers: Retinol.

“… we’ve all heard of Retinol. It’s touted for its ability to smooth out wrinkles, banish breakouts, tighten pores, diminish brown spots and improve skin texture. Phew! That’s a whole lot for one skin care ingredient to do. But, do any of us really know what retinol is? Why it works? Which ones to use?”

Retinoids (the collective name for the chemical compounds of which retinol is one) are derived from Vitamin A, which is one of the best anti-aging ingredients around. However, retinol is also notoriously unstable in skin care formulations; it is fickle and degenerates easily when exposed to oxygen and light (which, of course, your skin is subjected to on a daily basis.) It also carries with its effectiveness a host of less-than-ideal side effects: dryness, redness, irritation…

The pros and cons of retinol are all spelled out in Suki Kramer’s informative article, which can be read in its entirety at Kramer also lists recommended products that are natural, plant-based alternatives to retinol – and one of them is our very own Vitamin A Plus Serum!

“MyChelle’s Vitamin A Plus Serum includes 1% retinol as well as naturally derived Moth Bean Extract, which work together to resurface skin, clearing pore blockage and minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Argan oil, naturally high in Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids, work to balance sebum production.”

Read more about the Vitamin A Plus Serum and other MyChelle products on our official website – and please share your feedback with us here on this blog! Have you tried MyChelle’s Vitamin A Plus Serum yet? What do you think?

By Liana Orenstein