Gentler than Retinol, but just as effective. Bakuchiol is a potent ingredient for your skincare routine. Find out more about the benefits of incorporating Bakuchiol into your skincare routine, what it is, and when you should use it.
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a botanical ingredient that, like Retinol, can effectively reduce signs of aging. The ingredient occurs naturally in the seeds and leaves of the Indian babchi plant. This plant has long been used in Chinese medicine, among other applications. But what effect does Bakuchiol achieve in skin care products?
What effect does Bakuchiol have?
In skincare, Bakuchiol is effectively used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, strengthen skin elasticity, and reduce UV damage. Bakuchiol has also been shown to have a positive effect on hyperpigmentation.
Bakuchiol is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals. These are triggered by environmental factors such as UV radiation and can increase premature skin aging. Antioxidants help protect against the effects of pollution and environmental skin damage.
Research also confirmed the powerful anti-aging effects of Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol can stimulate the skin's collagen production, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and strengthen skin firmness. When you incorporate Bakuchiol regularly into your skincare regime, it can also refine your skin texture.
Studies have shown that Bakuchiol rivals Retinol in terms of effectiveness. However, Bakuchiol is a step ahead of Retinol in another regard: test subjects tolerated Bakuchiol significantly better than Retinol.
Skin irritation and redness, which can often occur with the use of Retinol, occur much less frequently with Bakuchiol. Overall, Bakuchiol is very skin-friendly and even helps to soothe the skin. Especially for sensitive skin, Bakuchiol proofs to be a great alternative to conventional Retinol.
Who can use Bakuchiol?
The high skin compatibility makes Bakuchiol an anti-aging ingredient that you can perfectly integrate into your daily skin care. Bakuchiol is a great addition to protect the skin from premature aging caused by harmful environmental influences. But Bakuchiol can also effectively help with existing fine lines and wrinkles.
Where can I find a body oil with Bakuchiol?
We created T-01 Bakuchiol Body Oil specifically to use on the body. High-quality oils make your skin supple and radiant, while Bakuchiol and natural Retinol from Cacay Oil (also: Kahai Oil) gently but effectively fight skin aging. Vitamin E, also known for its powerful antioxidant properties, completes the body oil. T-01 Bakuchiol Body Oil also contains upcycled oils, which reduce unnecessary waste of resources.
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