Everything You Should Know About Bio Retinol

Everything You Should Know About Bio Retinol - Three Ships

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Bio-retinol is one of the amazing, key ingredients in our Dream Bio-Retinol + Shorea Butter Night Cream - but what is it? We are giving you all the details in this blog post all about bio-retinol!

Bio-retinol, also know as Bidens Pilosa, is a safe, stable, plant-based alternative to retinoids for targeted skin concerns like wrinkles, acne, dark spots and uneven skin texture. Bidens Pilosa is a herbaceous plant, that is predominately native to tropical areas of South America. This flower has been known for its applications in herbal and popular medicine. Three Ships Beauty, Bio-Retinol, Bidens Pilosa Extract

Bio-retinol isn’t actually a retinoid because it doesn't contain Vitamin A - like retinoids do. The bio-retinol is a plant compound that exhibits similar properties that traditional retinoids would, but without the side effects. It is pregnancy safe, great for all skin types, and can be used daily!

Can Dream be used with a retinol serum?

Yes, both Dream and a retinol serum can be used in conjunction together. However, for those who have sensitive skin, please incorporate the retinol serum slowly, by using it once a week to see how your skin responds to the retinol, before increasing the frequency of use. 

Does everyone need a night cream? Are there certain skin types that would benefit more from a night cream than others? 

Generally speaking, a night cream traditionally is thicker in texture, so someone with dry and flaky skin could benefit from a heavier night cream as a way to smooth out the texture of the skin. However, day creams can be used at night, they’re all moisturizers at the end of the day. Three Ships Beauty, Dream Bio-Retinol and Shorea Butter Night Cream (Photo Credit: @melsdesigndiary)


Can teenagers use Dream?

Though it depends on the skin needs of the teenage, the results and benefits from Dream can be of interest to teens with acne-prone skin or those who want to take preventative action. 

Can Dream be mixed with oil-based serums similar to how Radiance can be?

Using an oil serum is almost unnecessary since Dream is made with multiple seed butters that are moisturizing and have an occlusive property. 

If you still want to use an oil serum, then we recommend applying the oil serum after Dream so it does not inhibit the absorption of bio-retinol.

On the contrary, if anyone experiences any sensitivity to retinol or bio-retinol, you can try incorporating them into your skincare routine on top/after applying your oil serum or moisturizer so that there is a buffer between the layers. 

Are there any products that would work best with Dream, or any products customers with sensitive skin should stay away from while using Dream

  • Vitamin C (Dew Drops!) - because it is rich in antioxidants, and moisturizing
  • Niacinamide - antioxidant properties and supports the skin barrier function by increasing ceramide production
  • AHA/BHA - accelerate cell turnover, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help to reduce breakouts by unclogging pores.
    • However, slowly incorporate chemical exfoliants into your nighttime skincare routine. Start at low concentrations, and use once or twice a week, and then increase the frequency of use, if the skin is tolerant to it and if it’s necessary. Over exfoliation is an issue that befalls those with sensitive skin, so it is best to advise those who are sensitive to slowly incorporate a chemical exfoliant if they want to. 

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