If you’re a skincare enthusiast, you’re bound to have heard the term bakuchiol, as it’s recently gained a lot of traction online. A natural alternative to retinol (the ‘holy grail’ of skincare), we’re seeing more and more brands opt for this potent anti-ageing ingredient.
What is bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a vegan skincare ingredient found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant (also known as the babchi plant). Bakuchiol is an antioxidant, and while it has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine, it recently entered the mainstream, featuring in products manufactured all over the world.
What are the benefits of bakuchiol?
Like retinol, bakuchiol has the ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce skin discolourations and improve its elasticity and overall appearance.
Its appeal lies largely in the fact that it’s much gentler on skin than retinol. Retinol users are prone to bouts of dryness and irritation as this ingredient can be harsh, especially for first-time users. Bakuchiol offers many of the same benefits as retinol, but without the pitfalls. It’s even safe to use on sensitive skin.
Bakuchiol has anti-inflammatory properties, which also makes it an effective ingredient against acne and breakouts.
What makes it a retinol-alternative?
Bakuchiol is considered a natural alternative to retinol because it activates similar pathways to boost collagen production. While more studies need to be done, those already conducted show that bakuchiol is as effective as retinol in addressing fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.
Unlike retinol, bakuchiol isn’t known to negatively interact with other active ingredients, so it’s easy to slot into an existing skincare routine.
Products containing bakuchiol
More and more brands have caught on to the fact that there is major demand for an effective and natural alternative to retinol, and as such, bakuchiol is a big trend in the skincare industry right now. We’ve rounded up some of the new bakuchiol products you might want to try:
Nivea Cellular Lift Expert Advanced Anti-Age Day Cream SPF15 (R294.99)
This daily moisturiser feeds the skin with micro and macro Hyaluronic Acid and Bakuchiol for restoration, restructuring and retexturing care. It helps boost the skin’s collagen and renew its elasticity and firmness, tightening sagging skin.
Nivea Cellular Lift Expert Advanced Anti-Age Night Cream (R294.99)
This night cream contains a blend of micro and macro Hyaluronic Acid together with Bakuchiol to regenerate and repair skin from damage while you sleep. It helps redefine facial contours and boost skin elasticity, resulting in a smoother complexion.
Nivea Cellular Expert Lift Advanced Sculpting Sheet Mask (R79.99)
This cooling serum-infused treatment sheet mask was designed for lifted and plumped-out skin. Dosed with both Bakuchiol and Hyaluronic Acid, your skin gets the therapeutic benefits of remodelling for lift, structure and shape.
SKIN functional Retinol Moisturiser 0.5% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol (R385.00)
This moisturiser uses the powerful benefits of retinol and bakuchiol to deliver an effective anti-ageing treatment to address fine lines and sun damage as well as manage breakouts. Formulated with peptides as well as niacinamide, this product packs a powerful anti-ageing punch. Its formula is safe to get you started on retinol while reaping the benefits of bakuchiol.
Optiphi Eye Signs (R1176.00)
Eye Signs is the ultimate eye treatment, designed to specifically target three primary concerns: lines and wrinkles, discolouration and dark circles and puffiness around the eye area. It boasts a host of beneficial ingredients, and bakuchiol is included to help minimise dark circles and pigmentation.
Litchi & Titch The Serum (R950.00)
This serum contains all-natural ingredients which have been carefully formulated into a lightweight gel-lotion that glides effortlessly onto skin, leaving a satin-like residue. It is intensely hydrating and has anti-ageing properties while boosting skin elasticity and texture. Soothing and nourishing, it also helps to heal skin concerns, is anti-inflammatory and calming to reactive and inflamed skin (thanks to the inclusion of bakuchiol, among other potent botanical ingredients!).
wet n wild Prime Focus Pore Minimizing Primer Serum (R219.95)
This water-based pore-refining primer serum blurs and softens the appearance of skin as it preps and primes it for makeup. It reduces the appearance or pores with the help of bakuchiol to improve skin texture, as well as other naturally-derived ingredients like antioxidant-rich dragonfruit extract, lavender extract, pineapple and calendula.
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Endocare Expert Drops Hydrating Protocol (R735.37)
This two-step skin treatment contains active ingredients (and our star – bakuchiol!) to provide skin with in-depth moisturisation and a filling-effect. Expert Drops Hydrating Serum (for day time) provides lasting moisturisation and a visible plumping effect while fighting damage caused by pollution and improving the skin’s barrier function. Expert Drops Soft Peel Serum (for evenings) has a powerful double-peel action (chemical and enzymatic) and promotes cell renewal while smoothing the skin’s texture and reducing the signs of ageing.