When it comes to skincare, the search for effective and natural alternatives to traditional ingredients is an ongoing and worthwhile endeavour. One natural ingredient that's becoming buzzworthy among skincare professionals is bakuchiol (...say it with me, 'bak-ooh-chi-ol.' Fun, right?). Bakuchiol is a plant-derived compound found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, commonly known as the babchi plant. It has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for various skin ailments and is now making waves in the skincare industry, hailed as a natural, gentler alternative to retinol (a vitamin A derivative and gold-standard skincare ingredient). Bakuchiol provides a multitude of skin benefits without the potential drawback of its cousin ingredient retinol. But does it pack the same punch? First, let's compare the two:
Bakuchiol Vs. Retinol
We're not one to declare a favourite child. We sell products with both ingredients at The Green Kiss and have seen transformative results from both. Each work hard over time to address signs of aging in the skin - symptoms like enlarged pores, age spots, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. While retinol may have more research in its corner, bakuchiol is proving to be a gentler option for all skin types, causing less of the peeling, flaking, and irritation we've come to expect from strong retinol products (can we cool it on the "no pain, no gain" theory?) Another advantage of bakuchoil as a retinol alternative is its safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding (a big win for mamas who have scaled back on their skincare actives)*. It's also non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores or cause breakouts. And while bakuchiol is always vegan and plant-based, many retinol products are made from animal byproducts (don't worry, not ours). Another feather in the cap for bakuchiol.
What Does Bakuchiol Do?
Healthy-aging properties: Bakuchiol has been shown to promote collagen production, a crucial protein responsible for maintaining skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also aids in improving skin firmness and overall texture, resulting in a more youthful complexion.
Skin rejuvenation: Bakuchiol exhibits antioxidant properties, effectively combating free radicals that contribute to premature aging and skin damage. By neutralizing these harmful molecules, bakuchiol helps revitalize the skin, leaving it looking refreshed and rejuvenated.
Improved skin tone: This natural compound helps regulate the production of melanin, which is responsible for skin pigmentation. Bakuchiol assists in reducing the appearance of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone, leading to a more balanced complexion.
Gentle and suitable for sensitive skin: Unlike retinol, bakuchiol is well-tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin. It does not typically cause irritation, redness, or dryness commonly associated with retinol usage, making it a preferred option for individuals with sensitive or reactive skin.
How To Use Bakuchiol
Incorporating bakuchiol into your natural skincare routine is simple.
1. Cleanse your face: Start with a natural, non-stripping facial cleanser to remove impurities, SPF buildup and makeup, and unclog pores.
2. Apply a bakuchiol product: Choose a product that contains bakuchiol as its main ingredient, following your GK Educator's product guidance for the recommended amount and frequency of use. Can bakuchiol be used alongside a gentle retinol? Depends on the formulation! We carry a hardworking hybrid retinol serum formulated with 0.3% retinol and bakuchiol that has proven gentle enough for all skin types. Give the rest of your body some zhuzhing too with a reparative and nourishing bakuchiol body cream.
3. Moisturize: After applying bakuchiol, follow up with a natural facial moisturizer, cream or balm to effectively seal in the hydration and enhance the overall benefits of the ingredient.
4. Sun protection: Apply a natural broad-spectrum UVA & UVB mineral sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Bakuchiol is stable in sunlight and isn't known to make skin more sun-sensitive but, as with any healthy aging ingredient, daily UV protection is essential to achieving and maintaining the best results.
Bakuchiol is a skincare powerhouse offering a wide range of benefits for the skin. Its ability to promote collagen production, rejuvenate the skin, improve skin tone, and its compatibility with sensitive skin makes it a sought-after ingredient for those seeking an active in their natural skincare routine. While the function of bakuchiol and retinol is quite similar, we're a big fan of bakuchiol's ability to perform on a broader range of skin types. The results, both short and long-term, are next level. Need guidance on incorporating bakuchiol into your regimen? Connect with us.
* Please note that our Fitglow Vita Youth Oil is not safe for use during pregnancy as it also contains HPR (Retinoate) as well as Bakuchiol.