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Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Duo


About this duo

Visibly transform the appearance of skin with this powerful duo. Formulated to work in perfect harmony with the rest of your botanical routine, our Alt-Retinol range revolves around two key plant-based alternatives to retinol – stevia (Booster) and Bidens pilosa (Paste) – identified to closely mimic retinol’s mechanism of action on the skin. With gentle but powerful skin-smoothing results, this powerful two-part routine is suitable for all ages and skin types.


AM / PM – Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Booster: Our lightweight gel drops renew the appearance of the skin’s surface for a less fatigued, refreshed and more radiant looking complexion. Use as part of your morning, after cleansing and toning. On alternate days to Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Paste, use as part of your evening routine too.


PM – Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Paste: Our luxurious overnight paste leaves skin feeling more supple, refreshing its appearance for a brighter, plumped, radiant-looking complexion, while also refining the look of pores. Use 2-3 evenings a week, in place of your moisturiser.  


Not sure what our plant-based retinol alternative can do for your skin? Discover what retinol is and how our naturally derived ingredients can work similar magic without the side effects.



This set includes 2 products

Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Skin Paste

($1.06 per ml)
All skin types
In Stock
Bidens Pilosa

(Also known as Spanish needles)

A plant extract derived from a relative of the daisy family, Bidens pilosa works by mimicking retinol’s mechanism of action, helping to reduce the appearance of common signs of skin ageing. By adopting similar action to retinol, it targets areas prone to loss of firmness and plumpness, providing impressive results in smoothing the appearance of wrinkles but with minimal side effects.

Kigelia Fruit Extract

(Kigelia Africana)

Renowned for its skin-plumping benefits, which leaves skin feeling supple, we responsibly source our organic-certified kigelia fruit extract from Zimbabwe. Here, the supplier’s focus is on generating income for rural communities through the sustainable and equitable harvesting and processing of wild growing plant products.

Shea Butter

(Butyrospermum parkii)

Renowned for its excellent emollient properties and ability to help improve the barrier function of the skin, we source our shea butter from West Africa, where the pulp of the fruit is removed to reveal the kernel, which is boiled and dried in the sun before being shelled for pressing.

Carrot Seed Oil

(Daucus carota sativa)

Rich in ‘carotenoids’, carrot seed oil can help support an even, healthy-looking skin tone and visibly brighten the appearance of skin when applied topically as part of a skincare formula. It’s this ingredient that gives Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Skin Paste a distinctive golden hue.

Aqua (water), Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 distearate, Rosa rubiginosa seed oil, Ethylhexyl stearate, Kigelia africana (sausage tree) fruit extract, Alcohol denat., Maltodextrin, Borago officinalis seed oil, Glyceryl stearate, Canola oil, Gossypium herbaceum (cotton) seed oil, Citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) leaf/twig oil, Lavandula hybrida (lavandin) oil, Anthemis nobilis flower oil, Punica granatum flower extract, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil, Tocopherol, Jojoba esters, Astrocaryum murumuru seed butter, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed oil, Cetyl alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 beeswax, Bidens pilosa extract , Caprylyl glycol, Bisabolol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Parfum (fragrance), Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Daucus carota sativa root extract, Tocopheryl acetate, Geraniol, Limonene, Citric acid, CI 75130 (Beta-carotene).

Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Booster

Was $49.00 , is $39.20
($2.61 per ml)
20% off Botanical Drops
All skin types
In Stock
Stevia Extract

(Stevia rebaudiana)

This naturally active ingredient – sourced from a relative of the chrysanthemum that grows in abundance in France – delivers a retinol-like action helping to minimise the appearance of wrinkles, for younger-looking skin. Traditionally used as a herbal medicine, stevia is renowned for the smoothing, wrinkle-softening power it has on the appearance of skin.

Elderberry Extract

(Sambucus nigra)

Elderberries are a rich source of bioflavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and help to brighten the appearance of skin and improve the look of skin tone. We source ours from Poland, handpicked on land protected to support biodiversity.

Aqua (water), Glycerin, Propanediol, Sambucus nigra (elderberry) fruit extract, Xanthan gum, Kappaphycus alvarezii (red algae) extract, Stevia rebaudiana leaf/stem extract, Caesalpinia spinosa fruit extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium benzoate, Citric acid, Benzyl alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid.

Recyclable glass bottle / aluminium tube
Recyclable FSC-certified cartons
We're certified under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Program


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Melasma on both cheeks & bridge of nose I  use a Vit C serum, Skin Tonic, Skin Repair &  Eucerin SPF anti pigment. Twice a week  -Alpha H Liquid Gold  I am keen to try  Alt-Retinol  Booster & Paste however not sure how to layer the products.  

Asked by: Marigold69
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. Unfortunately, we cannot advise on if our Superskin Alt-Retinol products will be suitable for any specific medical skin conditions such as melasma and we would recommend seeking advice from your GP. However, our formulations do have a variety of benefits that can help reduce the appearance of a number of other skin concerns. Our Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste visibly refines the texture of skin while smoothing the appearance of fine lines for an overall more youthful and rejuvenated look. Our Superskin Alt-Retinol Booster targets the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles for visibly plumper-looking skin while also supporting skin’s moisture barrier for a healthy-looking glow. If you would like to add our Alt-Retinol Booster into your existing daily skincare routine, we would recommend to applying onto clean dry skin; Cleanse, tone, booster, serum, moisturise and an SPF as the final step. You can use Superskin Alt-Retinol Booster in two ways. Use alone: Apply directly to any area showing signs of ageing for targeted results. Apply 1-2 drops into your hands, warm and smooth over the skin avoiding the eye area, then apply your moisturiser. Mix it: Mix 1-2 drops into your moisturiser and massage into the skin, avoiding the eye area The Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste is an overnight paste, which we would recommend using the evening 2-3 times a week after cleansing and toning (No need to apply moisturiser on these evenings.) Apply a (blueberry sized amount) thin layer on to clean, dry skin. The correct amount should leave you with a golden glow, before sinking into the skin. We would recommend leaving for 10 minutes before coming into contact with white fabric. We do hope this information helps. Quality and service are at the heart of everything we do, so please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Centre team on 01983 813913 if you require any further assistance. – Liz Earle Beauty Co.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2021-09-05

Are there any skincare products that this can’t be used with? Different acids etc 

Asked by: Emlr

Can these products be used while breastfeeding? Thank you! 

Asked by: HarrietLK
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