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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?

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.


($1.06 per ml)
All skin types
In Stock
Superskin™ Alt-Retinol Skin Paste
($1.06 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)
Recyclable FSC-certified carton
We're certified under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Program


In light of the current situation, we are placing international orders on pause. Please rest assured this is a temporary measure and we’ll be letting you know as soon as there are any changes. We really appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new Liz Earle Favourite Wow! This product is absolutely amazing, I noticed a difference in my skin after just one application, it felt amazing and I could see an immediate difference, I just love it!! If you haven't tried it treat yourself, you won't be sorry. Thank you
Date published: 2021-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I bought this while ago.. I am still using it and loving it. My skin feels really soft in the morning.
Date published: 2021-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant difference! I received the Retinol skin paste as a freebie. Well so pleased I did it has made my skin feel soft and wonderful in the first application. My makeup went on really well. I will definately buy this product and recommend it.
Date published: 2021-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another must have Love this use several nights a week makes skin look great golden & glowing with its yellow tinge. Another must have from Liz Earle adding to the Eyebright eye lotion which Ive been buying for years and cant be without.
Date published: 2021-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shame about the tube I really like this product, but why or why have it housed in a clumsy unforgiven tube. Really, really difficult to squeeze the cream out. Put in a jar please.
Date published: 2021-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I bought this for my daughter in law to try. She thinks that it is a lovely product.
Date published: 2021-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth skin I have been using this alt-retinol paste overnight 2 or 3 times a week for the last couple of months. My skin is definitely smoother and softer.
Date published: 2021-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic! I've had this for 2 weeks, not used it as often as it says but when I have... Wow! One friend of 30-odd years said she 'couldn't believe how much better (I) look'! I feel and look radiant (I'm 74 ...). Love it
Date published: 2021-09-28
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Hi, do I need to use a sunscreen after using alt retinol?

Asked by: Karen b
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. We recommend wearing an SPF product every day all year round (our Environmental Defence Cream Mineral SPF 25 is great for providing everyday protection). However, our Alt-Retinol range does not increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun like some traditional retinols, so it is not absolutely required. 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: 2021-06-17

How do the effects of using Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste differ from using CICA Restore Skin Paste?

Asked by: Lyn18
Hello, thank you for getting in touch. Both our Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin Paste and CICA Restore Skin Paste, are overnight masks which can be used as part of your night-time skincare routine 2-3 times a week, after cleansing and toning. They both deliver different skincare benefits, so we recommend alternating the two when your skin needs. Our Superskin Alt-Retinol Skin is made with highly effective retinol alternative, helping to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles, leaves skin feeling supple, refreshing its appearance for a brighter, plumped, radiant-looking complexion, while also refining the look of pores Whereas, our CICA Restore Skin Paste has been formulated with a gentle but powerful combination of naturally active ingredients to visibly improve the appearance of imperfections overnight leaving the skin looking healthy, soothed and comforted, while providing 48 hours of intense hydration. You would apply them in the same way; apply a thin layer onto your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. The paste will slowly disappear as your skin absorbs the product. Please note with the Alt-Retinol Skin Paste the correct amount should leave you with a golden glow, before sinking into the skin. Leave on overnight and wash off with your morning cleanse. I do hope this information helps. – Liz Earle Beauty Co.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2021-08-05

How would this fit into my routine with superskin overnight mask? I only use this sometimes other times I just use my superskin moisturiser at night.  I am 51 years of age with combination skin, starting to see some deeper lines and slackening. 

Asked by: Liz51
Thankyou for your question. We love our Superskin Overnight Mask as it is a perfect overnight treatment targeting fine lines and wrinkles with the powerful blend of pomegranate flower extract and other potent botanical ingredients, however, if you are experiencing deeper lines then we would recommend our new Alt-Retinol Overnight Paste. This amazing new product boasts a fantastic blend of Bidens Pilosa which mimics the mechanism of retinol, smoothing the skin and appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles, organically certified Kigelia that leaves your skin feeling smooth and supple and Carrot Seed Oil to brighten the appearance of your skin, providing your with a healthy-looking glow. We have also included Hyaluronic Acid, also found in our Skin Repair Moisturiser, as this naturally occurring sugar helps to lump and hydrate your skin. Our Overnight Paste can be used as part of your nighttime skincare routine in place of your moisturiser 2-3 times a week or whenever your skin feels in need, and can be alternated with our Superskin Overnight Mask so your skin can continue to feel the full benefit of our amazing naturally active ingredients. The Liz Earle Beauty Co Team.
Answered by: LizEarleBeautyCo
Date published: 2021-08-07
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