Upon the advent of COVID-19, we’ve seen an unprecedented rise in Google search for skincare super-star ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Castor Oil… but one that stands out with almost one million searches is retinol.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A belonging to the family of retinoids, a family of chemical compounds related to the vitamin. It acts as a cellular regenerator. Its benefits have been commercially lauded by brands, beauty magazines and industry professionals. Here's why:
However, retinol can be quite abrasive on the skin – increasing the likelihood of dryness and scaling, as reported by a 2018 British Journal of Dermatology study. They also found increased photosensitivity, which leaves the skin more susceptible to sunlight and its related hazards (not the type of sun kissed you want).
For those with sensitive skin, or perhaps for those who want a more natural alternative to retinol, bakuchiol may well be the answer.
What is Bakuchiol?
It is obtained from the seeds of the plant, Psoralea coryflifolia (read babchi), and is widely used in Indian and Chinese medicine to treat different diseases. As a skincare ingredient, bakuchiol functions similarly to retinol.
Bakuchiol is nutrient dense and known for being:
Bakuchiol is soft on the skin, as it helps maintain skin lipids while helping to control bacteria population on the skin. For people with frustrating skin conditions of inflamed, itchy skin, such as psoriasis and eczema, bakuchiol might help to balance the skin health. It's the ultimate non-irritating ingredient to use.
Beyond its maintenance of skin lipids and inflammation inhibition, bakuchiol also proved to be an effective acne treatment. A clinical study found noticeable improvement in the skin of participants suffering from acne from 2 weeks of bakuchiol application (twice a day, every day).
Why we love bakuchiol
Efficacious skincare is everything to us. Bakuchiol is as effective as retinol. It has all the benefits minus the harshness. Both ingredients improve hyperpigmentation and “significantly reduced the surface area involvement of fine wrinkles”after 12 weeks of use. The results are not surprising, seeing as both substances share a similar gene expression.
Safety is our priority, especially when your skin absorbs whatever you lather it with. Bakuchiol stands out with a score of 1 in the EWG Skin Deep’s index, which shows that it is an incredibly safe option on the toxicology scale. It is also considered a non-teratogenic (does not cause abnormal fetal development), making it especially safe if you’re expecting a baby bump.
Out of the many reasons we love bakuchiol, we love that it is a plant derivative. We believe in natural alternatives that leave your skin feeling cared for.
Bakuchiol is for you if:
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