Bakuchiol is a new popular skin care ingredient all over the internet. It is said that Bakuchiol helps to increase collagen production and cell turnover, as well as helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What Is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a plant extract derived from the seeds and leaves of the East Asian Psoralea corylifolia plant. This vegan skincare powerhouse takes its name from the Sanskrit name of the plant, Bakuchi.
This plant has long been hailed for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant powers. Chinese and ayurvedic healers have known about Bakuchiol for years and have successfully used it to treat several diseases.
Skincare specialists started looking at Bakuchiol recently to find a kinder alternative to retinol. Like its better-known competition, Bakuchiol serum helps skin cells renew faster than they would naturally do. This makes room for fresher, newer cells to come to the surface of your skin. Bakuchiol-based products have also been shown to push collagen towards the top of your skin, giving it that youthful look.
How Is It Different From Retinol?
To understand how Bakuchiol differs from retinol, it is worth taking a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of retinol.
First things first, retinol works to reduce visible signs of aging. It is a strong ingredient to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation. As a type of vitamin A, it ranks alongside vitamin C and sun protection when it comes to anti-aging skincare.
However, such a powerful ingredient has its disadvantages, too. Retinol is one of five types of retinoids, all of which are derived from vitamin A. All five vary in their degree of effectiveness and strength. Retinol is the third-strongest over-the-counter option. Other retinoids are available only by prescription.
Whilst lots of people swear by retinol, others have found it too harsh on their skin. Some users have experienced scaling, burning, and even dermatitis. Neither of those side effects supports the health and youthful appearance of your skin.
Another disadvantage of retinol is that your skin gets used to the treatment, and no longer reacts to it. As a consequence, users need to increase the strength of retinol they apply or treat their skin more frequently. If you are already suffering from sensitive skin, that is bad news.
Plus, if you enjoy spending time in the sun, you need to be more careful once you start your retinol skincare regime. This powerful ingredient may make you more susceptible to sunburn.
Is Bakuchiol As Effective As Retinol?
The effects (and side effects) of retinol have been studied for nearly 40 years, and scientists agree that retinol-based skincare delivers results. But these results may come at a cost not everyone is happy to accept.
Bakuchiol has been studied for a much shorter period, approximately ten or so years, which means there is less evidence of its effectiveness available. As a result, some dermatologists are hesitant to recommend it, simply because the evidence is not as compelling. What we do know so far seems to show that Bakuchiol is highly effective and much easier to tolerate for most users.
However, with retinol having been hailed the holy grail of skincare for a while now, it will take time for Bakuchiol to take the top spot from its competitor. Having said that, most scientists in the field agree that any product challenging the status quo of this market is exciting. This development is even more promising because Bakuchiol is gentler.
Is Bakuchiol Suitable for Every Skin Type?
Some dermatologists still remain skeptical about the benefits of Bakuchiol. They are argue that studies shows that it simply does not work for everyone.
On the other hand, many argue that because it is kinder to the skin and compatible with almost any skin type, Bakuchiol is fast becoming the product of choice for anyone looking to reduce the signs of aging. This is especially the case if you have sensitive skin. They assert that there is no with no known side effects and more and more scientific evidence proving Bakuchiol’s effectiveness especially for redness, dryness, and stinging sensations.