The Ayurvedic, Plant-Based Skincare Compound That’s Replacing Retinol

Retinol, the vitamin A derivative, has been the gold standard in restorative, anti-aging skincare for decades. Dermatologists regularly prescribe retinol compounds for their impressive abilities to stimulate collagen production, strengthen the skin’s foundation and minimize the appearance of photodamage, fine lines and wrinkles.

Unfortunately, these compounds come with some not-so-great side effects. For many people, especially those with more sensitive skin, retinol can lead to dryness, peeling, increased sensitivity and widespread inflammation. Ouch.

But there is a promising new plant-based compound coming onto the scene, and it’s called bakuchiol.

What is bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a compound with Ayurvedic roots, derived from the babchi plant. Not only is it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, but it comes with many of the same benefits as retinol.

Naturally rich in vitamin E, bakuchiol helps to firm the skin, reduce sun damage, stimulate collagen production and smooth out fine lines—sound familiar?

And it doesn’t come with the irritation or potential for sun sensitivity that retinol products usually come with. Plus, like many traditional Ayurvedic plant compounds, bakuchiol has powerful antibacterial properties that could help soothe inflammatory conditions, like acne. And it is all natural!

My skin loves this!

A Retinol Alternative

A research team discovered bakuchiol’s skin saving properties in 2014 while studying the compound as a potential skincare alternative to harsh retinol.

In a double-blind study, patients either applied a 0.5 percent cream of retinol or a 0.5 percent cream of bakuchiol to their face daily over the course of 12 weeks. At the end of the study, bother compounds seemed to reduce surface wrinkles and hyperpigmentation with no significant discernible differences in their effectiveness.

But retinol users experienced a downside—some facial scaling and stinging, which didn’t seem to be an issue for bakuchiol users. This is likely because bakuchiol possesses highly soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, meaning skin-stripping retinol might finally be a treatment of the past.

Thus far, bakuchiol is the only botanical extract that has demonstrated real, comparable results to retinol in a clinical setting. After years of successful research, bakuchiol is finally making its way into the mainstream. More and more high quality skincare products are making use of its impressive anti-aging qualities.

And the best part? Bakuchiol is naturally a lovely shade of light purple (don’t worry, it won’t dye your skin). But an all natural purple anti-aging cream that actually works—how delightfully whimsical!

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Angela K
Angela K7 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Maria P
Maria P12 days ago

Thanks

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Alexandra Richards

Thank you.

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Dennis Hall
Dennis Hallabout a month ago

thank you

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Anna R
Anna Rabout a month ago

thank you for sharing

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Mely L
Mely Luabout a month ago

These days I just can't even bother with all these skincare stuff.

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Sophie A
Sophie Aabout a month ago

tyfs

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Val P
Val Pabout a month ago

awesome

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Chad Anderson
Chad Aabout a month ago

Thank you.

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Monica C
Monica Collierabout a month ago

Guess we are still being told to look younger.

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