Retinol has been hailed as one of the best anti-ageing ingredients around, so naturally we’ve all been slathering it on our skin every day of the year. But according to celebrity aesthetician Cynthia Franco (personal facialist to Lucy Boynton, Amber Heard and Salma Hayek), due to retinol’s ability to make your skin hypersensitive to sun damage, you really should only be using it (as well as other powerful actives like AHAs and BHAs) during the winter months when the risk of direct sunlight is minimised. “Save these until the shorter cooler months," she said in an interview with Who What Wear.
Instead, Franco suggests opting for more sun-friendly anti-ageing options such as EGF (otherwise known as epidermal growth factor), which, like retinol, helps to speed up the turnover of skin cells to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, only it does so without the added risk of photosensitivity. EGF, unlike retinol, is incredibly gentle on skin and can even be used on sensitive or reactive skin due to its strengthening and nourishing qualities.
Want to make the switch from retinol to EGF products? Here are our product picks for formulas that are packed full of plant-derived growth factors: Bioeffect Serum, Mesoestetic Stem Cell Active Growth Factor, and Hydropeptide Power Serum.
Want to know more about retinol before you start incorporating it into your winter skin care routine? Here’s a rundown of everything you’ve always wanted to know about the anti-ageing ingredient.
Have you tried incorporating EGF into your skin care routine? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.
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Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.