Have you heard of Bakuchiol yet? If you’ve heard of retinol but you’d prefer a more gentle and natural approach, keep reading for everything you need to know about the natural retinol alternative, Bakuchiol.
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is the ingredient making waves in the beauty world right now. A plant extract from the psoralea corylifolia plant, Bakuchiol offers the same results as retinol without some of the harsher side effects. Where many beauty lovers with sensitive and dry skin find retinol harsh and dehydrating, Bakuchiol is a perfect natural alternative.
What are the skin benefits of Bakuchiol?
Stimulating Collagen Production
Bakuchiol is best used in anti-ageing skincare products. In the same way as retinol, the ingredient increases cell renewal which in turn, stimulates the production of collagen. Because our collagen production starts to decrease in our mid-twenties, a skincare product like this helps us to reduce wrinkles and prevent the early visible signs of ageing.
Also associated with the ageing process of the skin, Bakuchiol helps to reduce pigmentation. By reducing melanin, the ingredient fights dark spots and patches on the skin, helping to create a lighter, brighter and more even skin tone.
With acne-reducing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Bakuchiol is also used for treating breakouts. Killing spot-causing bacteria in the pores and helping to reduce swelling, a regular dose of the ingredient has been seen to reduce blemishes and breakouts as successfully as a retinol – without the dryness.
Who is it for?
Bakuchiol has been making a name for itself in the beauty world for those with more sensitive skin. Because of its gentle nature, it’s a great way to get all the beauty benefits of a retinol without the added dryness. So, it’s perfect for sensitive, dry and extra dry skin.
However, Bakuchiol is also incredible for other skin types. Whether you’re blemish-prone or have a balanced skin type, this natural ingredient can offer a plethora of skincare benefits for all skin types.
How to use Bakuchiol
Much like retinol, Bakuchiol is usually found in products, such as serums. This way, you can easily add the ingredient to your everyday skincare routine after your daily cleanse and tone.
At The Cult Face, we’ve used Bakuchiol in our face oil and face serums to help with anti-ageing and offer plumping and firming results with everyday use.