What Is Bakuchiol?

in May 3, 2024


Retinol has been a firm favourite when it comes to combating blemishes, dull and ageing skin. However, this can often be too harsh for many skin types, especially those with sensitive or reactive skin. So imagine being able to reap all of the skin loving benefits of retinol with a gentle, plant based alternative. This is why Bakuchoil (pronounced bah-koo-chi-all) has quickly gained cult status across the beauty industry. It's being hailed as the natural alternative to retinol with similar results without the unwanted side effects. Here’s everything you need to know about this fantastic natural skincare ingredient.

What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a natural ingredient that’s derived from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant, native to India. It’s often referred to as a "natural retinol alternative" due to its ability to provide the benefits without the side effects associated with retinoids, like skin sensitivity and irritation. Bakuchiol is known for its anti-ageing properties, targeting fine lines, wrinkles and overall skin texture. Bakuchiol also features antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, to help arm the skin from environmental damage and soothe redness and irritation. It’s become a seriously sought-after ingredient in skincare, appealing to those looking for a natural, gentle approach to achieving youthful, healthy-looking skin.

Bakuchiol vs. Retinol

Retinol is a type of Vitamin A that targets signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as acne, skin texture and hyperpigmentation. It works by stimulating cell turnover, revealing the fresh skin cells underneath. This leads to more radiant, younger-looking refreshed skin. One of the most significant concerns with retinol is its potential to cause irritation such as redness, peeling, and increased sensitivity, particularly during the initial stages of use. This can make retinol a less suitable option for many skin types. It is also worth noting that while Retinol can only be used at night, Bakuchiol can be used anytime. Bakuchiol offers a terrific alternative to retinol, it also increases cell turnover it's but far more gentle on the skin. Unlike retinol which can only be used at night, Bakuchiol can also be used during the day. This means you get the anti-ageing benefits of retinol without the discomfort that’s sometimes associated with it.

What does bakuchiol do for skin?

Similar to retinol, Bakuchoil is an ideal option for improving skin texture, brightening hyperpigmentation and stimulating collagen production. It can also help to regulate sebum production, reduce inflammation and improve the appearance of acne scarring. Bakuchiol also has antioxidant properties tackling free radicals and environmental damage. Serums are an easy way to incorporate Bakuchoil into your skincare routine, look for a 2% concentration which is the clinically proven percentage of Bakuchiol for optimal results. I recommend the 100% Pure Bakuchoil Serum which is a lightweight formula with Jojoba, Oil, Olive Squalane, Vitamin E.

How to apply bakuchiol serum

Begin with a gentle face cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from your skin and follow with a toner to slough away any dead skin cells. This will allow the skin to fully absorb your serum and moisturiser. Pump a few drops of the Bakuchoil serum into the palm of your hand and press onto your face and neck, and décolletage. Gently massage it into your skin using upward and outward motions. Allow the serum to absorb for a few minutes, then apply a moisturiser best suited for your skin type to lock in the goodness and provide hydration to your skin. Always use a daily SPF.

What other skincare products can I use with my bakuchiol?

Understanding how your skincare ingredients work together’s really important, you want your products to work together to boost the results! Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides are great complements to Bakuchiol by providing moisture to the skin and supporting the skin's barrier. Try the 100% Pure Deep Hydration Korean sheet mask made with bamboo and rich in Hyaluronic Acid and Plant Ceramides as a weekly support treatment.

Niacinamide + Bakuchiol is another great combination, together they tackle redness, fine lines and uneven skin tone. Try this Bakuchiol Moisturiser which features Niacinamide, Vitamin E and CoQ10 with Bakuchiol.

Can you use vitamin C and Bakuchiol together?

Yes! Combining Bakuchiol with Vitamin C can help arm the skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage while promoting a brighter complexion and collagen production. Try adding the 100% Pure Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Ultra Riche PM Treatment at night.

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This lightweight Bakuchiol Serum contains the maximum 2% clinically proven percentage of Bakuchiol for optimal results and can be used day and night.

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