Bakuchiol: what is it?
The interesting plant extract called bakuchiol is one of the trendiest and most talked about cosmetic ingredients at the moment and has been utilized in Chinese and Indian medicine for years.
Bakuchiol is said to be a natural alternative for synthetic retinol. It firms the skin and effectively targets problem areas of aging skin; fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and lost of elasticity. Bakuchiol promotes skin cell regeneration and stimulates collagen production, making the skin look youthful again. In addition, it has antibacterial properties that make it also suitable for blemish-prone skin.
Why choose bakuchiol instead of retinol?
Bakuchiol is extracted from the seeds of the plant called Psoralea Corylifolia. Retinol may have skin irritating and drying effects and one should avoid sun exposure during use of retinol. Retinol may cause redness or irritation and it is not recommended for sensitive skin, nor for pregnant women.
Bakuchiol has been found to give skin firming results similar to retinol, but with absolutely no side effects or skin symptoms. Bakuchiol is not a vitamin A derivative, which is why it is also suitable for sensitive skin and mothers to be.