Did you know there is a great natural anti-aging skin care ingredient? It is named bakuchiol. This skincare ingredient is on the rise. I’m sure you know what retinol and hyaluronic acid are. Bakuchiol is a great alternative to retinol and is derived from the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant from East Asia. The ingredient is not really new, since it has been used in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic treatments for hundreds of years. In the world of skin care, however, the ingredient is brand new, because only now are the first care brands starting to use it in their products. Rightly so, because bakuchiol has many advantages: the ingredient would have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
The difference with Retinol
Where retinol comes from Vitamin A, bakuchiol comes from a natural plant. A study by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists shows that both ingredients have similar effects, including improved cell renewal, stimulation of collagen production, reduced hyperpigmentation and smoother fine lines and wrinkles.
Great for sensitive skin
However, unlike retinol, bakuchiol has fewer adverse side effects on the skin. Because although retinol can work wonders for some skins, others do not respond as well. Especially those who suffer from already sensitive skin can sometimes react violently to vitamin A. Think of side effects such as skin sensitivity, redness and irritation. In addition, retinol also makes our skin more sensitive to the sun, so it is best to only use the ingredient at night. People with more sensitive skin, on the other hand, can use Bakuchiol.