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Bakuchiol – “plant retinol”
There is hardly a person who has not heard of or does not use retinol. This vitamin A derivative smoothes fine lines, reduces the visibility of dark pigmentation, and narrows pores. Although retinol is undoubtedly an excellent ingredient for skincare, many products containing it can cause irritation. Here also, nature has a solution in the form of a natural and gentler alternative to retinol – bakuchiol – a powerful herbal ingredient for sensitive skin and a great addition to slowing down the process of aging.
Bakuchiol is a substance affecting the production of several types of collagen in the skin cells that are beneficial for the health and youthful appearance of the skin without causing irritation or dryness.
Science has also confirmed its beneficial and rejuvenating effects on the skin. A study by a group of dermatologists published in the British Journal of Dermatology compared bakuchiol with retinol.
They have discovered that “plant retinol” stimulates cell renewal, reduces wrinkles, stimulates collagen production, improves skin firmness, and relieves hyperpigmentation, and all this with significantly fewer unwanted side effects. Good for bakuchiol!
If you are wondering where this preparatory unicorn has been hiding all this time the answer is – in the East, where ancient cultures used it. This powerful antioxidant is found in the seeds of Psoralea Corylifolia, the babchi plant, and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. It is also used for treating leukoderma or vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, skin rashes, and several other skin diseases, including eczema and psoriasis.
What are the benefits of bakuchiol for the skin?
Among many beneficial features of bakuchiol, we have chosen the following:
● It regulates skin complexion as it penetrates deep into the skin to help reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
● It reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Like retinol, bakuchiol supports cell regeneration and collagen production.
● It does not dry or irritate the skin. While retinol and other skin care ingredients can dry out or irritate the skin, bakuchiol is known as a gentler, non-irritating ingredient.
● It accelerates skin cell regeneration.
● It is suitable for all skin types.
● It soothes and heals the skin from the inside out.
In addition, one other significant advantage of bakuchiol compared to retinol is that it does not increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV radiation. On the contrary, it reduces the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is safe for pregnant and lactating women, and they can continue using it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Another added value is that bakuchiol can be used with other active ingredients without the risk of excessive skin reaction or irritation.
Bakuchiol in preparative cosmetics
The importance of bakuchiol in preparative skin care is invaluable. It stimulates cell renewal and collagen production, which gives the skin a beautiful glow. It acts directly in the skin cells, affecting the production of several types of collagen beneficial for the health and youthful appearance of the skin. At the same time, as it does not interfere with the skin glands’ functions, it does not cause irritation or dryness. Its highest potency is in 0.5 to 2% formulations that can yield visible results already after 12 weeks.
Bakuchiol can be part of serum, serum emulsion, cream, and oil. To introduce this powerful ingredient into your daily skincare, we suggest three face creams: META-LIGHT, RICH CREAM, and EYE CREAM, containing effective concentrations of this valuable ingredient.
The solution is in the nature! All you need is pronounce it correctly – buh-koo-chee-all!