If you follow the Costhetics space regularly (and we hope you do!) you already know oodles about retinol, a form of Vitamin A.

Retinol is always a hot topic in the latest news and information about skincare. Ongoing studies continue to demonstrate just how effective it is as an anti-ageing tool. That being said, there is a new(ish) skincare ingredient in town. Bakuchiol is being touted as an alternative to Retinol, but is it?

Here’s what you need to know now …

What is Bakuchiol? 5 Ways It Keeps Skin Young

Bakuchiol is not a form of retinol. It’s a plant extract with a unique chemical structure. It may be new to you, but its use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine goes back centuries. Ancient (and contemporary) practitioners prize Bakuchiol for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. 21st century dermatologists tell Allure Magazine that Bakuchiol can help:

  • Increase cell turnover
  • Stimulate collagen production
  • Combat skin laxity
  • Correct and protect against photo damage
  • Diminish signs of ageing including wrinkles and fine lines

Improving Skin in Every Category

A 2014 study published by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found Bakuchiol worked in a similar way to retinol in the laboratory. When the study expanded to human testing, participants saw terrific results. After applying a 0.5% product twice a week for 3 months, they experienced improvements in:

  • Roughness
  • Dryness
  • Elasticity
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

With Bakuchiol, Less is More

Minimalism is a trending topic in skincare and aesthetics, and Bakuchiol fits right in.

Studies strongly suggest that using Bakuchiol twice a day is as effective as using retinol once a day, reports Self Magazine. A published study conducted by the British Journal of Dermatology found Bakuchiol:

  • Works as well as retinol when it comes to addressing signs of ageing
  • Improves pigmentation
  • Is less irritating than retinol
  • Is a vegan, and cruelty-free alternative

Bakuchiol offers all that, and less scaling, flaking, and itching than with retinol?! What’s not to love?

How to Include Bakuchiol in Your Skincare Routine

Costhetics is certain Bakuchiol will continue to grow as a popular ingredient in skincare, finding its way into all manner of products. For now, however, your choices are:

  • Bakuchiol mask – Masks formulated with Bakuchiol are an excellent choice for people whose skin is too sensitive for topical Vitamin A masks. Wear a mask for 10–15 minutes after cleansing your skin to hydrate and firm, then finish off with your moisturiser.
  • Bakuchiol oil – Oil (which is different to serum) is an effective way to give your skin more radiance than moisturiser alone. Apply oils after your moisturiser for extra glow.
  • Bakuchiol serum – Serums are an effective way to target dark spots and wrinkles. Apply 1–3 drops of serum to a fresh-washed face before applying moisturiser.

The Bottom Line on Bakuchiol

Is Bakuchiol right for you? It probably is, but the only way you will know is to try it. Rather than trying to sort out the winners from the losers in over-the-counter skincare products, Costhetics recommends you consult an expert. A skincare specialist is equipped to analyse your complexion and make recommendations aimed at treating your unique concerns. It can save you a great deal of trial and error (and money). Costhetics can help find a dermatologist or skin care professional in your area to guide you.


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