In recent years, the beauty industry has been flooded with many ingredients that promise miracles. One of them is retinol, which has many wonderful properties. Treats wrinkles, fights acne and improves skin texture.
But now a new active ingredient that promises the same results and without any unwanted side effects like retinol, is coming to take its place. This active ingredient is called bakuchiol. Is this also that effective? Read more details about this product below to know which one to choose.
What is bakuchiol?
It is the extract from the seeds of the plant Psoralea Corylifolia or babchi, which grows in East Asia. This particular plant is used in Indian Ayurveda and various traditional Chinese treatments to heal, soothe and calm the skin, as it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Beneficial properties and advantages
- Prevents acne
Free radicals can cause and worsen acne. Bakuchiol is an antioxidant and reduces their effect on the skin, specifically the sensitive skin that has acne tendencies. In addition, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps to treat red and swollen acne with inflammation.
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
- Contributes to reducing resources
- Increases skin firmness and elasticity
- It is suitable for all skin types
- It is ideal for those who cannot use vitamin A, i.e. retinol
- It is natural with a milder action
Due to its milder action, it does not cause redness, hypersensitivity and dryness, as is the case with retinol.
- Improves skin texture and tone
Bakuchiol has the ability to penetrate deeply and this has the effect of improving the texture and tone of the skin and reducing dark spots or areas of hyperpigmentation such as hyperpigmentation etc. It has been shown to have the same effectiveness in treating hyperpigmentation as and retinol. This is because both ingredients encourage cell renewal and contribute to collagen production.
- It is suitable for use even in the hot summer months, unlike retinol which is prohibited to use
- It can also be used by pregnant women without any side effects, while retinol is prohibited in pregnancy
- Gives the skin hydration, shine and a youthful appearance
- Does not cause skin photosensitivity
- It has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
How to use it
Most active ingredients have better results in a serum with a light texture to penetrate as deeply as possible into the skin. The same goes for bakuchiol.
The ideal combinations
Bakuchiol, like retinol can have spectacular results if properly combined with other active ingredients. With peptides and various oils, it can activate the synthesis of collagen and elastin and thus further enhance its action. In addition, you can combine it with hyaluronic acid for deep hydration or with vitamin C for more radiance. However, it should not be combined with glycolic acid under any circumstances because its composition is altered and it ceases to be as effective.