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8 Anti-Aging Serums for People Who Just Can't Handle Retinol

Get that youthful glow back, sans any irritation
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If you're looking for a way to smooth wrinkles, then there's a pretty good chance you've either tried retinol or had someone recommend it to you. That's because retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is basically the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients. That being said, retinol, whether in prescription form or in OTC treatments and serums, can be quite irritating. Sure, it might work to minimize the look of lines on your face, but it could also leave you with dry, peeling, red skin. The good news is, there are plenty of gentle anti-aging serums on the market that boost youthfulness without irritation so you can recapture that glow without the worry. Here are eight serums worth adding to your skin care routine.

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This serum is formulated with bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative, alpha hydroxy acids, edelweiss stem cells and hibiscus flower extract to address everything from wrinkles to dark spots to large pores to dullness — without causing redness. While traditional retinol is generally recommended for night use only, this serum can be used during the day since it utilizes a natural alternative.

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Fun fact: Did you know that carrots are high in vitamin A? Yep, they are! That's why carrot seed oil makes a great alternative to retinol. This serum is loaded with carrot seed oil to encourage skin cell turnover, rose essential oil to even skin tone and meadowfoam to keep moisture in so that your skin doesn't dry out.

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For uneven skin tone and fine lines, turn your attention to this serum. It's formulated with hyaluronic acid, another superstar skin care ingredient, which locks in moisture, and swiss apple stem cells to target signs of aging. Meaning: When you use it, you'll be left with soft, healthy, plumped skin.

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One of the changes in your skin you're likely to experience as you get older is dryness. Your skin's oil production slows down, leaving you with dry, dull skin. Enter this gentle anti-aging serum, which relies on a variety of anti-aging ingredients (prickly pear seed oil, argan oil and rose essential oil) to add lots of moisture, brighten skin and smooth wrinkles.

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