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What is Bakuchiol and Is It Better Than Retinol?

If you’re a fan of skincare then you’ll have heard of Retinol, the golden child when it comes to anti-aging thanks to its ability to boost collagen production, increase cell turnover and promote a more youthful complexion. But there’s another overachieving skincare ingredient that’s gaining some momentum right now that could actually rival Retinol. Meet Bakuchiol, the plant based active that mimics the skin-smoothing, glow-boosting effects of Retinol, minus the irritation.

What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is an impressive ingredient derived from the seeds of the babchi tree which possesses anti-aging, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It has been shown to increase collagen production and cell turnover to a similar degree that Retinol can but is safer to use for those with sensitive skin or even rosacea. 

Why would you want a natural alternative to Retinol? 

Retinol is one of the most sought after skin care ingredients for anti-aging but it can cause redness, flakiness and irritation if tolerance to the active is not built up correctly. The thing about Bakuchiol is that it is able to deliver all of the impressive results of Retinol without the issue of overloading the skin and causing discomfort. That being said, if you’re a regular Retinol user and experience no adverse effects, you don’t necessarily need to switch to Bakuchiol. 

Which products contain Bakuchiol?

Dermaceutic’s Derma Lift 5.0 is a potent anti-aging serum which tackles deep wrinkles and expression lines with its formula of 0.5% Bakuchiol. The result? Smoothed fine lines and a firmer, more youthful complexion. 

For a more targeted application, try Endocare’s CELLPRO Intensive Eye Contour, a lightweight eye cream which plumps and hydrates the skin around the delicate eye area. This star ingredient has been added to this product to increase collagen and elastin production within the lower layers of the skin, correct uneven tone and to create a brighter eye area. 

Are there any tips for application? 

Bakuchiol is safe for all skin types but, as with any new ingredient you’re implementing into your current routine, it’s always best to do a patch test for allergic reactions before slathering it over your skin, even if it is gentle. Typically, when using Retinol, you should be careful not to overload your skin or layer products containing the ingredient however, when it comes to Bakuchiol, the more the better. You can actually use a cleanser, serum and moisturiser formulated with this innovative ingredient safely and your skin will only benefit more from this.

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