What can bakuchiol do for our skin?

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Spend a few minutes browsing a skincare counter or flicking through a beauty magazine and you’re bound to come across bakuchiol. Pronounced baku-chi-ol, this all-natural ingredient has become a darling in the world of skincare. Often hailed as a natural alternative to retinol, it’s been proven to ease a variety of skin problems all whilst being gentle on complexions. 

So is it a miracle ingredient that we should all be applying? And is it really as good as retinol? If you’re curious about bakuchiol and wondering what it could do for your skin, you’re in the right place. Read on to find out what bakuchiol does for skin, what skin types it’s best suited to, and whether it should replace the retinol in your bathroom cupboard…

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What is bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a naturally-occurring ingredient that’s most commonly derived from the seeds and leaves of Psoralea corylifolia – also known as the babchi plant. Native to India, bakuchiol has been used as a herbal remedy in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries but didn’t become a big name in Western skincare until very recently, when its skin credentials were proven. 

As a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties, we like to think of bakuchiol as a gift from mother nature.

What does it do to skin?

The main advantages are its ability to help stimulate the production of collagen and encourage cells to regenerate. This is positive for everyone but especially those who want to fight the signs of ageing because increased collagen production can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also good news for anyone suffering from hyperpigmentation because rapid cell regeneration can help fade dark spots and make skin tones appear more even. 

Even if you don’t have wrinkles or suffer from hyperpigmentation, bakuchiol is still a great ingredient choice because it can make skin look brighter, plumper, and firmer, as well as decreasing the appearance of pores. 

The main reason why bakuchiol has excited so many skintellectuals is the way it has all the benefits of retinol with none of the unpleasant side effects.

Which skin type is it best for?

One of the things we love most about bakuchiol is that it’s suitable for almost everyone. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or combination skin, bakuchiol will treat it well. Thanks to its gentle nature, it’s even mostly suitable for those with very sensitive skin as well as people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, and other common skin issues.

Is bakuchiol good for acne?

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, bakuchiol is a good choice for people with acne. It can help reduce the redness of acne blemishes you already have, as well as preventing future breakouts by unclogging pores. As it’s very soothing and calming it can also allay the inflammation and discomfort that those with acne-prone skin can sometimes experience. 

However, this isn’t just a good ingredient for those currently suffering from acne, it’s also good for anyone who’s suffered from acne in the past because it can diminish those annoying pockmarks and scars that acne leaves behind by encouraging skin cells to renew.

Is bakuchiol better than a retinol?

The main reason why bakuchiol has excited so many skintellectuals is the way it has all the benefits of retinol with none of the unpleasant side effects. For years retinol has been used to reduce wrinkles, tackle acne, and brighten complexions but it often causes dryness, irritation, and flaking, making it very unsuitable for anyone whose skin is sensitive. Bakuchiol provides all the same advantages with none of the irritation.

Bakuchiol is also better for those who prefer their skincare natural because it comes from a plant whilst retinol is created synthetically. This means that bakuchiol is always vegan, which unfortunately can’t be said about retinol. Furthermore, retinol can make skin more sensitive to the sun so should only be used at night but bakuchiol doesn’t have this effect, making it suitable for use throughout the day and night. 

Bakuchiol may take slightly longer to have an effect than retinol, but we all know that the phrase good things come to those who wait is especially true when it comes to skincare.

How to use bakuchiol

As bakuchiol can be used at any time of the day, incorporating it into your routine should be super simple. You can either apply it directly onto your skin or you can use serums, moisturisers, and sheet masks that contain it. Its gentleness means it usually gets along well with other ingredients and products, so using it alongside your other faves should be fine. 

Here at Base Plus, we love bakuchiol and allow our customers to effortlessly slip it into their routines by selecting it as an active option in our moisturisers. To do this, simply add bakuchiol to your personalised moisturiser after you’ve taken our skin quiz. 

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