Have you heard about Bakuchiol?
What is Bakuchiol? Pronounced 'back-ooh-chee-all,' this is a plant-based skincare solution that's said to stand up to retinol in the efficacy stakes. It comes with none of the noted concerns around the fizziness of the active ingredient, namely, that retinol can result in irritation, flakiness and redness in some skins – particularly if yours is on the sensitive side.
Derived from the Indian babchi plant, which is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, bakuchiol is said to work on your fine lines, brighten, reduce the appearance of pores and to strengthen collagen – just like retinol.
Is Bakuchiol better than retinol? Totally depends on your skin type. As it's a gentler alternative to retinol, then it's going to be a better shout if you are prone to issues such a rosacea, same goes if you are consciously looking for a natural skincare routine.
Is Bakuchiol safe for pregnancy? It's sun-safe (retinol breaks down under UV rays and should not be worn in the day time) and, unlike retinol, is safe when you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
What do the experts think about Bakuchiol? Bakuchiol is currently causing much interest in the beauty and skincare industry. It’s the new kid on the block being compared to retinol for its anti-ageing properties.
The conclusion? That 'bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in its ability to improve photoageing and is better tolerated than retinol, is promising as a more tolerable alternative to retinol.