We’ve all heard of retinol – an anti-aging powerhouse that boosts cell turnover and helps with everything from acne to fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots. Despite its benefits, many of us remain wary of retinol and instead look for natural, botanical alternatives that won’t sensitize already stressed skin.
By Irene Falcone
Enter: Bakuchiol. Dubbed nature’s retinol, Bakuchiol has been shown to have almost the same skin benefits as retinol, without the sensitizing side effects. Not sure yet whether Bakuchiol products are suitable for your skin or not? Read on to discover some of the bakuchiol benefits as well as our guide to the best bakuchiol serums, creams, and antiaging products.
1. Bakuchiol can help fill in fine lines and wrinkles
Bakuchiol has almost identical benefits to retinol in that it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by improving the overall elasticity of the skin. Bakuchiol also stimulates the body’s natural collagen production and leads to plumper, firmer-looking skin.
2. It’s great for fading pigmentation
Similar to retinol, Bakuchiol can increase the cell turnover of the skin, which means that older, dry, discolored skin cells are “shed” and make way for fresh, new skin cells. This cell turnover process seems to fade uneven pigmentation, as do age spots and damage from the dark sun.
3. Bakuchiol is a powerful acne treatment
Increased cell turnover is not only good for pigmentation, but also for acne! By accelerating this cell turnover process, Bakuchiol can clear the pores of dead, dry cells that can cause blockages and thus acne.
4. Bakuchiol does not sensitize the skin like retinol does
While studies have shown Bakuchiol’s effects on wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, and age spots are exactly the same, there’s one area where Bakuchiol comes out on top in the retinol versus Bakuchiol – skin sensitization – debate. Retinol is known to be a
irritating, sensitizing reaction in some skin types, a side effect that Bakuchiol does not have. This means that those with reactive skin who previously had to forego the benefits of retinol can finally experience them through Bakuchiol!
5. It’s all natural
As mentioned earlier, Bakuchiol is nature’s alternative to retinol, making it the perfect antiaging ingredient for those (like me!) Who prefer natural and organic skin care products over their synthetic counterparts.
6. Unlike retinol, Bakuchiol can be used in the morning
Because of retinol’s skin-sensitizing effects on the skin, you can only use retinol in the evenings – which is fine. However, if you wake up with dull, tired-looking skin, you’ll have to wait until the evening before you can lather up on your favorite serum. Bakuchiol doesn’t have these skin sensitizing effects, which means you can use it as part of your morning skin care routine without worrying about photosensitization and sun damage.
7. You can use Bakuchiol twice a day
Since Bakuchiol doesn’t irritate the skin, you can actually use it twice a day! This is an especially good point for those of us who are too busy putting together separate morning and night skin care routines and just want to reach for one product and use it without a second thought.
Our favorite natural Bakuchiol skin care products
Are you ready to incorporate Bakuchiol into your skin care routine? Start with the Nourished Life Bakuchiol Reparative Day Cream. This moisturizer can be used daily to lighten the skin with 100% vegetable bakuchiol.
Given that Bakuchiol can be used twice a day, why not include it in your nightly skin regimen too ?! We love the Nourished Life Bakuchiol Overnight Mask, which gives skin an intense dash of natural Bakuchiol while you sleep and allows you to wake up with more radiant, smoother and younger looking skin.
If you’re already using a natural day moisturizer and night cream that you can’t part with, simply work a bakuchiol oil or serum into your existing routine. We love the Nourished Life Bakuchiol Restorative Serum, which can be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Buy our full range of natural, Bakuchiol-rich skin care products online now and read more about Bakuchiol here.