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Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Skin Paste

About this paste

Smoothes and visibly transforms the appearance of skin. 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.


This powerful blend is enriched with Bidens pilosa, a plant-based alternative to retinol that works by mimicking retinol’s mechanism of action to smooth the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles whilst being kind to the skin.


The formula also contains kigelia fruit extract, shea butter and hyaluronic acid for up to 48 hours of moisturisation, leaving skin feeling nourished and hydrated.


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.


(£0.90 per ml)
All skin types
In Stock
Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Skin Paste
(£0.90 per ml)
50ml tube

“Excellent results. From first use made my skin feel firmer and plumper and left me with a lovely glow which was noted by my beauty therapist.”

Kathryn, Sheffield

Why you will love this

  • Smoothes and visibly transforms the appearance of skin
  • Moisturises and hydrates for up to 48 hours
  • Leaves skin looking visibly rejuvenated by morning
  • Dermatologically tested​
  • For all skin types, including sensitive

Alt-Retinol Paste The Results

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).

Fully recyclable aluminum tube (leave cap on)
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FREE delivery for orders over £25

Orders £25 or more

  • Standard service – up to 5 working days – FREE*
  • Priority service – up to 4 working days – £5.25
  • Free returns within 60 days

Orders under £25

  • Standard service – up to 5 working days – £3.75
  • Priority service – up to 4 working days – £5.25
  • Free returns within 60 days

Customer Centre

Need help? Please visit our dedicated Contact Us page for all the ways you can get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Opening Hours

Monday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Tel: 01983 813913

*Free delivery available when you spend £25 or more (excluding delivery and gift vouchers) through and our Customer Centre only. Free delivery is England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland standard delivery only and applies to your entire order. Ordering after 2pm could extend delivery by an extra working day.

**Ordering after 2pm could extend delivery by an extra working day.


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fab addition to routine Purchased again - love this when you need a little more tlc. Very long lasting!
Date published: 2023-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this skin paste i love this skin paste especially as you put on at night and skin feels lovely soft and clear the next day. I use every other night after cleansing with Liz Earle products.
Date published: 2023-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moisturizer and Retinol cream Have been using the moisturizer for a long time now.Have only used the retinol cream a few times.
Date published: 2023-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My absolute must have I love this cream. It’s perfect for my aging skin. Goes on smoothly, non greasy but leaves my skin feeling nourished and soft
Date published: 2023-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gentle and pore minimising I have become a convert to this lovely product while on a seemingly futile search for a primer that helped to minimise pores when applying foundation. Hormonal changes have played havoc with my skin and I really needed to find a product that combatted this change in my skin temperament. Now, using this 2-3 times a week, I find foundation sits more cleanly on my skin and my pores are more refined. It even helps to keep excess oil down, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.
Date published: 2023-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! This is my go-to night moisturising paste that leaves my skin super smooth and extremely hydrated when I wake in the morning.
Date published: 2023-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I was unsure at first because it came out of the tube thicker than I anticipated but once on the skin it just melted and immediately became absorbed. The feeling of being moisturised lasted all day. I love it so much; I use it every evening.
Date published: 2023-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a convert When ever it mentions Retinol I used to run a mile, most definitely not for me or so I thought, then an adviser talked me through the ingredients she was so convincing I thought I would give it a try. It's brilliant definitely notice the difference in the morning. Definitely a yes from me.
Date published: 2023-07-26
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How long does it last in terms of date of expiry?

Asked by: Raev
Thank you for your question. We can confirm all our products have been tested in accordance with industry standards and show a minimum shelf life of at least thirty six months (3 years). It may also be helpful to know that on each of our product, you will find the EU standard Period After Opening (PAO) symbol which identifies the 'lifetime' of a product once opened for the first time. It can be used as a guide once your product has been opened. The number inside the image of the pot tells you the number of months of this product's lifetime once opened, for example, 9M indicates 9 months – the shelf life of the Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste is 12 months once opened. We hope this information helps. Quality and service are at the heart of everything we do, so please do not hesitate to email us at or call our customer centre on 01983 813913 if we can be of any further assistance. - The Liz Earle Customer Care Centre Team.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2023-07-21

Hi I. Does this paste help with pigmentation and sun damage?

Asked by: Natsw
This is very good to use after the exfoliating mask also by itself.Your skin looks smoother and clearer.I think it helps with sun damage but I do still have some pigmentation.I use it twice a week because my skin looks clearer and brighter after using it.
Answered by: Tiamia
Date published: 2023-05-25

So I cleanse, essence lotion, eye cream, moisturiser and then serum. When using the retinol paste would I just cleanse and put it on or would I do my routine as usual and the make the paste my last step?  Thanks in advance.

Asked by: Anonymous
I find this brilliant product works best after using the cleanse and polish, followed by instant boost. I do apply the eye cream as this is around the orbital bone. I apply the paste in place of any moisturiser or oil overnight, as (for me) works better this way. It's a 'do all' last night time application
Answered by: Archies Mum
Date published: 2023-02-26

I use retinol serum, would I be able to use your alt paste as well twice a week as I like it’s added benefits or would that be too much

Asked by: Kate p
Hi, thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, we're not familiar with other brands, so it's very difficult to advise whether our Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste would be suitable to use alongside your retinol serum. However, this product contains plant based Bidens Pilosa, which mimics the retinol type action and is much gentler on the skin. As with all our products, we would recommend a patch test first. We hope this information helps however, should you require any further assistance, we would ask you to kindly contact our Customer Centre by calling 01983 813913, or email - The Liz Earle Customer Care Centre
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2023-02-24

Hi, Can the paste be used daily morning + evening ? My forehead + cheeks are quite dry you see .. Or is it not recommended? Thanks

Asked by: Vhind5
Hi To be honest I don’t really know.   I use mine couple of times a week
Answered by: Twish
Date published: 2022-12-28

Is it non comedogenic (pore blocking) . I have been told to only use non comedogenic products as some immediately cause spots despite cleansing whereas non comedogenic ones don’t . Thank you 

Asked by: Jetblot
Thank you for getting in touch. We can confirm that none of the products in the Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare range have been tested for comedogenicity. However, we believe that one ingredient that could cause a product to be comedogenic is mineral oil and this is not something that is used in our skincare range, as we believe that plant oils are better for the skin. Our Superskin Alt-Retinol Paste is light enough to use 2-3 times a week, please be assured that we have a great returns policy in place, should you find any product unsuitable we would be more than happy for you to return the product for a full refund or exchange even after you've tried it. We hope this helps. -Liz Earle Beauty Co.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2022-05-03

Hi , would the Alt Retinol help the sagging skin on the neck ? 

Asked by: Mayday
Hi, thank you for your question. Our Superskin Alt-Retinol Boost Mimics a retinol-like action to help with lines and wrinkles, plus renew the appearance of the skin`s surface for a less fatigued, refreshed and radiant looking complexion. We would recommend using these alongside introducing some facial massage or facial yoga into your skincare routine around the neck area for the best results to help combat ‘sagging’ skin. These techniques stimulate collagen production which helps to firm the skin and also releases tension releasing wrinkles. We would recommend watching from 7.15 in our Brand Ambassador videos facial yoga video here . Sarah Carr also has a great facial massage technique here: which may help. Hope this helps. The Liz Earle Beauty Co Team.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2022-12-27

I have just had chickenpox (which was horrendous). I have 4 large spots on my face, that I didn’t scratch however will this product help reduce the likelihood of scarring? 

Asked by: LiselUKNZ
Thank you or your question. Our Superskin Alt-Superskin Paste has not been designed to help with scarring, however you may wish to try another evening product from our range as an alternative. Rosehip oil has visibly regenerative properties, it’s the most effective plant oil for skin repair and restoration. Clinical studies have proven its ability to soften scars, reduce pigmentation spots and patches and improve the appearance of fine surface lines. Our Superskin Concentrate for night is formulated with 100% plant oils, and contains hydrating rosehip and vitamin-rich avocado oils with softening argan and hazelnut for softer skin. We would also recommend CICA Restore Skin Paste which contains the plant CICA known for its Restorative properties. You can read more about it here: We hope this information is helpful, but please do not hesitate to contact our customer centre team on 01983 813913 if we can be of any further assistance. – Liz Earle Beauty Co.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2022-08-04
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