Bakuchiol, a natural alternative to Retinol.
Retinol has gained popularity in recent years and has been part and parcel of every skincare product. Topical retinol has been proved to be the best ingredient in the market to help stimulate collagen, strengthening the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkling.
Bakuchiol is a newcomer in the world of the skincare industry. It is a plant extract, that offers the same benefits as retinol, friendlier to the skin and having fewer side effects than retinol.
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a phenol present abundantly in leaves and seeds of the plant Psoralea corylifolia. It is supposed to use as an alternative to retinol. Recent researches have shown us that it is structurally different from the retinol but functionally alike. Bakuchiol has actually been used for many years for skin care purposes in traditional Chinese medicine and in Ayurvedic practices.
How does Bakuchiol work?
Bakuchiol upregulates the expression of gene the same as retinol does. Recent studies have shown us that Bakuchiol has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. It easily absorbs into the skin cells and causes upregulation of collagen. It increases epidermal thickening by stimulating epidermal keratinocytes. It also upregulates ECM production. It increases firmness to skin architecture. Reduces the appearance of fine lines, pigmentation, and wrinkling.
One recent research on Bakuchiol.
One recent research has shown us that after application of bakuchiol twice a day on the face for 12 weeks, there is a significant improvement in fine lines, pigmentation, firmness, elasticity, and wrinkling. Moreover, Bakuchiol did not cause any skin reaction or sensitivity to the skin. It is proved to be friendlier than retinol.
Bakuchiol has considered being a natural alternative to retinol. It is less irritating and less toxic to the skin than retinol and can be used by all skin types. That is why it is preferred over retinol.
Some people experience temporary redness, flakiness, peeling and sensitive because their skin lacks enough "retinoid receptors". Retinoid receptors are proteins naturally found in the skin. They act like shuttles that carry and release retinoids into skin cells, triggering collagen production. Retinol, the strongest form of retinoid, is converted by skin enzymes into even the strongest form of retinoic acid, which is what irritates.
Suitable for all skin types.
Bakuchiol is suitable for all skin types. It is less toxic and has no side effect. It is a natural ingredient and fits very well for your skin. As it is less irritating, it can be used twice a day.
You should contact your dermatologist if you suffer any skin reaction to Bakuchiol.