But now there’s a new kid on the skincare block, claiming similar results and from a natural source. Which, as the demand for plant-based and botanical ingredients grows, could see retinol knocked off the top perch.
Retinol is the long-reigning hero of the skincare world, hailed for its ability to clear up acne, and regenerate skin cells for a more youthful complexion. It’s often used in the war against wrinkles, with retinol eye creams and intense retinoate formulas available as arsenal.
It’s called ‘bakuchiol’ (pronounced ba-coochy-ol) and it’s going to be big for 2019…
What is bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a plant-derived, natural alternative to vitamin A. “It is a compound found in the seeds of the Indian plant Psoralea corylifolia”, says Dermatologist, Dr. Anjali Mahto. “It has been found to have anti-inflamatory, antioxidant and potentially even anti-acne activity.”
Bakuchiol vs retinol
Clinical studies have proven that bakuchiol is equally as effective, if not better, than retinol at regulating collagen cell turnover.
A study by Sytheon, found that 0.5 per cent of bakuchiol used over 6
weeks improved wrinkle depth, fine lines, pigmentation, elasticity and firmness of the skin, without causing irritation.
“Bakuchiol seems to work in a similar manner to retinol but appears to have the added advantage of causing less irritation such as peeling, dryness or sensitivity”, says Dr. Anjali.
The same study also compared bakuchiol to 2% salicylic acid, and bakuchiol was also shown to be more effective at preventing blemishes.
How to use bakuchiol
Most bakuchiol products are designed to be used at night and post-cleansing.
With oils, serums, boosters and creams on the market, it’s a product that can be easily incorporated into a pre-existing routine.