What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a concentrated extract from the seeds of psoralea corylifolia plant. Although it is a relatively new skincare ingredient, bakuchiol draws comparison to retinoids. Some studies even indicated that bakuchiol is better than retinol at reducing the signs of ageing
Why Is Bakuchiol Better Than Retinol?
1. Bakuchiol delivers retinol results
Clinical trials showed that like retinol, bakuchiol promotes the collagen production in the skin. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and reverses the signs of photoageing (hyperpigmentation). After 12 weeks of twice-a-day application, bakuchiol also remarkably improves skin firmness and elasticity.
2. Bakuchiol doesn't cause skin irritation and dryness
Unlike retinol, bakuchiol doesn't cause skin irritation and dryness. It is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and the skin around the eyes.
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Scientific Sources: Prospective, randomized, double-blind assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing, The British Journal of Dermatology, 2019 Feb;180(2):289-296. (2) Bakuchiol: Does it make skin look younger?, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, May 4, 2022. (3) Bakuchiol: a retinol-like functional compound revealed by gene expression profiling and clinically proven to have anti-aging effects, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2014 Jun;36(3):221-30. (4) Multidirectional activity of bakuchiol against cellular mechanisms of facial ageing - Experimental evidence for a holistic treatment approach, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2022 Jun;44(3):377-393.
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