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November 10, 2021

What is bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a vegan ingredient derived from the babchi plant and has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine. It is a potent antioxidant that soothes skin and visibly reduces discoloration caused by environmental aggressors. As bakuchiol behaves similarly to retinol without causing the irritation, peeling and sun sensitivity associated with retinol, it is beneficial for all skin types.

Benefits of bakuchiol

1. Increases collagen production

Bakuchiol expedites skin cell turnover and stimulates collagen production, which can help plump and smooth the skin over time. With continued use, bakuchiol may reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and age spots, thus revealing a brighter and more even-toned complexion.

2. Boosts skin's defence

Bakuchiol is a rich source of antioxidants, which work to counteract free radicals and defend the skin from pollution and other environmental stressors.

3. Reduces signs of ageing

Bakuchiol works to prevent and repair premature ageing in a manner similar to that of retinol. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restore firmness, refine skin texture and even out skin tone without any of retinol’s drawbacks.

4. Soothes skin

The soothing and calming properties of bakuchiol are especially beneficial for breakout-prone skin. It is ideally suited for anyone with sensitive or allergy-prone skin or rosacea who would like to enjoy the benefits of retinol without risking irritation.

Is bakuchiol suitable for my skin type?

Bakuchiol is well tolerated by all skin types. Whether your skin is oily, dry or sensitive, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of bakuchiol without any of the unwanted effects associated with retinol.

Can bakuchiol be used with other products?

Bakuchiol is compatible with most ingredients and can safely be incorporated into your skincare regimen. Due to its soothing properties, it can reduce irritation caused by stronger exfoliants such as AHA, BHA, PHA and retinol. Using it in tandem with a chemical exfoliant can help facilitate skin cell shedding and renewal.

How often should I use bakuchiol?

You can use bakuchiol up to twice per day. Unlike retinol, bakuchiol is photostable, so it is suitable for day and night use.