If I find any natural ingredient seriously changing my skin, all I have to do is share it with you! I’ve loved the benefits of bakuchiol-rich skin care lately. This natural, vegan ingredient is an antiaging powerhouse and has benefits similar to retinol!
By Irene Falcone
To help you decide if Bakuchiol is the natural skincare wonder you’ve been looking for, I’ve put together this quick guide to Bakuchiol – what it is, what it can do for your skin, my favorite Bakuchiol products, and how it works into your routine.
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a natural ingredient extracted from the leaves and seeds of the babchi plant. The babchi plant has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, praised for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and used in the past to treat vitiligo. In skin care, Bakuchiol is used to reduce the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles by stimulating the body’s own collagen production, increasing skin firmness, and improving the overall hydration of the skin.
How is Bakuchiol used?
Since Bakuchiol is primarily a moisturizing ingredient, you can find it in two main product categories: Bakuchiol Oils and Serums. Bakuchiol is suitable for all skin types and, unlike retinol, can be used up to twice a day as it does not sensitize the skin or cause redness and peeling.
There are a few ways I can incorporate Bakuchiol into my regimen – I opt for a concentrated treatment like the Trilogy Bakuchiol + treatment or the Edible Beauty Reset Drops. I want to give my skin a really strong, instant boost in antiaging ingredients, or I use a daily facial oil with bakuchiol, like The Jojoba Company’s skin balancing oil, if I want permanent results.
Our new line of Bakuchiol products from the Nourished Life brand also offers a very complete treatment: from the serum to the day cream to the overnight mask. These 3 products are perfect if you are looking for a natural vegan alternative to retinol.
Is Bakuchiol Effective?
In short – yes! A 2014 study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that bakuchiol had similar effects on the skin as retinol in that it can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase skin elasticity and firmness, and fade pigmentation. These findings were supported by a 2018 clinical study, the results of which were published by the British Academy of Dermatology. They showed that applying Bakuchiol twice a day had the same effects on the skin as using retinol daily.
Retinol vs Bakuchiol- which one should you choose ?!
Retinol and bakuchiol have been shown to have more or less the same effects on the skin. However, there are a few reasons why I have chosen Bakuchiol lately. Although the 2018 study mentioned above found that retinol was slightly more effective than bakuchiol (hence, triallers must use bakuchiol twice a day to get the same results as retinol users once a day), the same study also found that bakuchiol lacks a sensitizing side Effects of Retinol – no redness, peeling, flaking, or irritation.
Where retinol is known to make the skin more sensitive to the sun, Bakuchiol has been shown to actually make the skin less sensitive to the sun! Bakuchiol is safe to use twice a day, unlike retinol, which needs to be incorporated slowly and gently into your routine. I also love that bakuchiol is a natural, vegan ingredient. There is such a thing as natural, plant-based retinol, but retinol is often made from animal ingredients like milk or egg enzymes. So if you are looking for a truly natural skin care regimen, then when working with retinol, you need to do a little research into your routine. Bakuchiol, on the other hand, comes from a plant, which means there are no guesswork!
Brand: Edible Beauty, The Jojoba Company, Trilogy