Bakuchiol: The Natural Retinol Alternative
If you’ve read beauty blogs lately or recently searched new beauty ingredients, you may have noticed a lot of buzz around Bakuchiol. Why is everyone excited about it and should you be, too? Read on to find out if Bakuchiol is for you.
WHAT IS BAKUCHIOL?
Bakuchiol is an all-natural, vegan compound extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. Native to India, bakuchiol is often used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. However, Bakuchiol’s recent acclaim can be credited to its glow boosting and skin smoothing effects, similar to retinol BUT without the harshness and irritation it can cause skin.
Although there is not a lot of clinical research supporting the benefits of Bakuchiol, the current data compiled do show promising results. Bakuchiol offers a wide variety of benefits, including:
1. Reduces Signs of Aging
Comparable to retinol, Bakuchiol regulates collagen production, which helps improve fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, and elasticity.
2. Neutralizes Free Radicals
Bakuchiol is an antioxidant that uses Vitamin E to neutralize free radicals that can harm your skin cells. It is particularly used to fight skin damage.
3. Evens Skin Tone
By penetrating deep layers of the skin, Bakuchiol lessens the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation.
4. Fights Acne & Break Outs
Bakuchiol’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties kills acne bacteria and decreases swelling.
5. Perfect for Sensitive Skin
In a 2018 study, researchers found using bakuchiol twice a day was just as effective as using retinol once a day. Unlike retinol, the Vitamin E in Bakuchiol makes it safe enough to use during your day and night skincare routine; whereas retinol uses Vitamin A, which can be broken down by UV rays.
HOW TO ADD BAKUCHIOL TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Considering Bakuchiol does not increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, it can be used day and/or night and applied topically as either a serum or a lotion. We recommended using our Sleepy Beauty Bakuchiol + Biotic Serum. With Bakuchiol, this plant-based, vegan serum helps restore your skin’s plump, smooth appearance and resilient texture during skin’s most active renewal period—sleep. This also features Biotic actives to help optimize the skin’s microbiome to enhance skin’s naturally protective surface environment. And you don’t have to limit use to night time – feel free to also add this to your morning skincare regimen. Try it now! For a limited time we’re offering 30% off this product with promo code BAKUCHIOL - now thru August 5, 2020 (cannot be combined with other offers).