Gentle But Powerful: Bakuchiol, A Natural Alternative To Retinol?
One of the natural skincare industry's buzziest ingredients of the moment, Bakuchiol offers similar collagen-boosting, anti-ageing, acne-fighting benefits as synthetic retinol, and often comes without irritating side effects.
How can it improve the health of your skin?
It’s been found to smooth uneven skin tone, brighten the complexion, plump and firm the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and large pores and help to fade pigmentation and acne marks. Bakuchiol essentially offers the same powerhouse skincare benefits but without the flaking, drying, stinging side effects that many people experience with Retinol, particularly for those with sensitive skin.
Where does it come from?
Bakuchiol is an all-natural, vegan ingredient obtained from the leaves and seeds of the Babchi plant, also known as Psoralea corylifolia. It originates mainly from India where it has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries to treat a range of ailments.
Growing research into the benefits
"The British Journal Of Dermatology recently published a study that showed that, over time, the use of bakuchiol offered the same results as over the counter retinoid products without the negative side effects. Participants were asked to apply either a 0.5% bakuchiol in a cream daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 week period, the patients that used the retinol product reported that they had an increase in stinging and peeling on their skin, while those that used the bakuchiol did not. Meanwhile, all participants reported that they had noticed fewer wrinkles and blemishes on their skin where either product was applied.
The conclusion of the study showed that bakuchiol can be considered just as effective as retinol, with less risk of negative side effects. Dermatologists that studied the results of the study determined that both bakuchiol and the retinol product were effective for reducing hyperpigmentation and signs of ageing (1)."
Have you tried Bakuchiol before? If so, what was your experience like