Beauties, retinol is known as the gold standard for positive ageing in the beauty industry. It helps to stimulate the turnover of the cells on the surface of the skin, helping new cells and collagen to develop, thus improving the appearance of the skin. We’ve talked about retinol on our website here and here before.
But for many people, it can be too strong on the skin, not everyone can (or wants) to tolerate it. So we’ve found an alternative that’s gentler and gives a similar effect – Bakuchiol.
Here’s our new ingredients index feature from our lovely intern Julie all about the benefits of what we like to call, the gentler little sister to retinol.
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is an alternative to retinol for those with more sensitive skin and it can be used in the daytime.
Bakuchiol is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in the seeds of Psoralea Corylifolia – a plant called ‘babchi’ found in Eastern Asia. It has been a traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese skin-healing treatment for centuries.
It is very similar to retinol however it is a natural, gentler alternative and has a very similar effect on the skin. Bakuchiol helps instruct normal cell behaviour, encouraging natural shedding of the skin and boosting collagen and elastin production without the harsher side effects of retinol.
- Reduces depth and appearance of fines lines and wrinkles
- Improve elasticity and firmness of skin
- Boost production of skin’s building blocks, collagen and elastin
- Acts as an antioxidant, protecting skin from free radical damage
- A natural alternative to retinol, great for sensitive skin
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties reduce the appearance of breakouts
- Who is it for?
Bakuchiol is suitable for all skin types including dry, oily, combination, sensitive and normal. However, it works best for anyone looking to tackle these skin concerns:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Pigmentation and age spots
- Loss of elasticity
- Loss of firmness
- Acne and blemishes
What’s also great about it is…
- It’s also perfectly safe to use while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, which is something that’s not advisable with all retinol products.
- Also unlike retinol, this does not make the skin more sensitive to the light, so can be used in the daytime (although you should be wearing an SPF either way…).
How it’s used in skincare: