We’re always on the lookout for new ingredients that can tackle skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles and sagginess, which is why bakuchiol has been on our radar of late. We’ve seen it pop up on products such as serums and moisturisers... but what exactly is it, and what does it do?!
In short, the super ingredient has been touted as the natural version of retinol, as it can improve tone and texture with extended use. Yep, we’re so on-board with slathering it on our faces every day. Here’s the lowdown on what bakuchiol is, what it can do, and why all skin types can take advantage of its anti-aging properties.
What is bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a naturally-derived ingredient from the babchi plant that has been utilised in ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It’s only recently made its way into our skincare over the last couple of decades, and it’s also known as “the natural alternative to retinol”. If you’re wondering if it offers an end-result similar to regular usage of retinol, then we have good news… it does. The leading similarities between bakuchiol and retinol include its ability to reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles, dial down the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and boost collagen and elastin production in skin. In short, bakuchiol can make your skin look seriously glowy, juicy, smooth and bouncy… and who wouldn’t want that?!
How does bakuchiol work?
In addition to the above, bakuchiol also offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can protect your skin from environmental damage in the long run. These qualities also make it ideal for those who get blemishes or suffer from acne as it can combat inflammation.
Love how retinol can make you look seriously luminous and fresh? Chances are that you’ll love bakuchiol too; both ingredients are able to give you that *zing* your skin craves.
Why should I try bakuchiol?
The reason why more and more people are reaching for products that feature bakuchiol in it is because it’s a natural ingredient, so it’s suitable for more people to use. It’s also a great option for anyone that uses natural-based products that don’t feature any harsh ingredients inside. After using bakuchiol, your skin won’t go red, flake up or peel like retinol can, making it much gentler and suitable for all skin types - especially sensitive and dry - to use. And unlike retinol, bakuchiol won’t increase photosensitivity in skin, so you can use it during the day.
There’s also information out there stating that bakuchiol can be used by those that are pregnant. Our word of advice - it’s best to speak to a medical professional about this, as bakuchiol is such a new ingredient with little research to say that it really *is* safe to use during pregnancy.