All You Need To Know About Bakuchiol: The Antiaging Superstar
When it comes to anti-aging skincare, retinol is considered to be the go-to ingredient. While it is quite effective, it is highly likely to irritate your skin too, especially if you have sensitive skin. But thankfully, we now have a natural alternative that replicates the effect of retinol on the skin without any of the side-effects. And this wonder ingredient is called bakuchiol!
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is an extract derived from the seeds of the Babchi plant(Psoralea Corylifolia) native to India. Babchi seeds have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for several centuries now for their wonderful skin healing properties. They help balance Kapha dosha and also have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which prove to be quite useful in maintaining a healthy, youthful and glowing complexion.
Bakuchiol vs Retinol: What’s the Difference?
As most of you already know, Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. It accelerates cell renewal rate and collagen production processes to reverse the signs of aging.
While it has been a go-to ingredient for anti-aging skin care products, it is despised by many due to its harsh nature. If you have ever used retinol-based creams, you will be familiar with the redness, dryness and burning sensation that comes with retinol.
Bakuchiol also offers the same skincare benefits as retinol does. Except it does not sensitize the skin and is gentle even on sensitive skin types. Which is bakuchiol is touted to be a natural alternative to retinol.
4 Key Skincare Benefits of Bakuchiol
⦁ Erases Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As you age, your skin starts showing signs of aging. The collagen levels drop and the skin renewal process slows down which results in fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
Bakuchiol targets the receptors in the skin that can stimulate collagen production and cell renewal once again. This improves skin firmness and elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkles to restore your skin’s youthful texture and appearance.
You can find this anti-aging superstar as a key ingredient in our Age-Defying Glow Serum. Supercharged with a blend of 15 potent plant oils, our bakuchiol-infused anti-aging serum deeply nourishes your skin to minimize signs of aging and give you firmer, smoother skin.
⦁ Can Treat Acne
Apart from the anti-aging effect, skincare products with bakuchiol will also prove useful in treating acne-prone skin. Bakuchiol can reduce the activity of DHT hormones which are responsible for excessive oil secretion that leads to acne. Bakhuciol also has antibacterial and skin calming properties that help heal active acne much faster.
⦁ Soothes Sensitive Skin
The biggest benefit of choosing bakuchiol over retinol for your skincare routine is its soothing and calming nature. Unlike most active ingredients (like retinol) that are harsh and tend to be irritating, bakuchiol is extremely gentle and soothes skin irritations too.
So you can use it even if you have a sensitive skin type. If you are tired of retinol-based anti-aging serums that leave your skin red, itchy and flaking, it’s time to switch to bakuchiol products right away.
⦁ Reduces Sun Damage
Did you know environmental stressors can damage your skin and cause premature skin aging too? Regular exposure to pollution and sun rays leads to the formation of harmful molecules known as ”free radicals”.
The unstable molecules attack the healthy ones in your skin leading to the breakdown of collagen. But since bakuchiol is an antioxidant, it neutralizes these free radicals to maintain your skin’s youthful look. It diminishes dark spots formed due to extreme sun exposure to give you even-toned skin.
How To Use Bakuchiol for Anti-aging?
You can use our bakuchiol oil on its own as serum or mix it into your moisturizer to supercharge its benefits. Take 1-2 drops of oil and pat it into damp skin after cleansing and toning but before applying your SPF or makeup.
While it is generally suitable to use bakuchiol during pregnancy, it is best to consult with your physician first before you proceed.
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