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Updated: Jun 7, 2021

It is an ingredient called “Retinol’s Gentle, Plant-Based Sister" by

The most popular and well-researched anti-aging ingredient, retinol, is not for everyone. Some people get side effects in the form of increased sensitivity, irritation and peeling of the skin: this motivates cosmetics developers to continue looking for less irritating analogues.

And here you go Bakuchiol, an ingredient called “Retinol’s Gentle, Plant-Based Sister” by

So what is Bakuchiol?

This is an extract obtained from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant (in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, another name is adopted - babchi or bakuchi). Its effect on skin cells is similar to how vitamin A derivatives work and it works through the same receptors that retinol uses, which is why many refer to it as a natural retinol alternative but it is NOT a vitamin A derivative and hence not as irritating as that ingredient.

Bakuchiol also stimulates the production of collagen, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, help restore firmness, refine skin texture and even out skin tone, the skin becomes denser and more elastic.

As it does not irritate the skin hence it is ideal for sensitive skin.

Another strong point of this component: it is photostable (not sensitive to light), which means that you can use cosmetics with it during the day, even in bright sun.

It’s a great option for those who shop vegan, clean, and in consideration of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis.

Although you might not get the same results as with retinol, it could be used as an entry-level product before retinols and add retinol to the regimen in the future.

How to use bakuchiol?

Skincare products containing bakuchiol extract should be applied to cleansed face and neck. Apply your products in the order of thinnest to thickest, so if your bakuchiol product is a lightweight serum it should be applied before your moisturiser. As this ingredient make your skin more “un-sensitive” best to use it in your evening routine. And if using bakuchiol in the morning follow with a broad-spectrum SPF rated 30 or greater.

You can choose either serum or oil. What counts is the concentration of bakuchiol; research

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