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What Is Bakuchiol And Is It Worth The Hype?

In beauty, skincare on September 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Growing older is inevitable. We know this. And there is nothing wrong with making adjustments to ensure that this process is smoother, and more graceful instead of throwing caution to the wind and letting life have its way with our health, well-being and even our looks.

Retinol has always been and will most likely remain the gold standard in skincare when it comes to preventing and softening the signs of aging. Derived from Vitamin A, retinol works on a cellular level to push newer cells to the surface. It instructs skin to produce collagen which is responsible for firm, plump skin. Retinol is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial and can actually help with breakouts as opposed to or in addition to ingredients such as salicylic acid. As a matter of fact, Retin A from which retinol is derived was initially prescribed for acne. Patients who used it for acne noticed that their skin was more clear with less hyperpigmentation in addition to having fewer acne/breakouts.

But retinol can propose a downside for some users. Retinol can be extremely harsh on the skin. It can cause irritation, redness, peeling and drying. Not a good look for something that is supposed to be so helpful.

Enter bakuchiol. Ba-ku-chi-who? Bakuchiol (pronunced ba koo chee yol). Bakuchiol comes from the leaves and seeds of the babchi plant (psoralea corylifolia). It is native to countries India and Sri Lanka and is used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic skin treatments. Although bakuchiol is not new, it is gaining popularity as an effective skin care ingredient. So why the comparison to retinol? For starters although they are molecularly different, they have similar qualities. Bakuchiol is 100% plant derived and retinol comes from Vitamin A and is usually synthetically produced. They both help with brightening, firming, collagen production and hyperpigmentation. Bakuchiol, however, is perfect for sensitive skin and can be tolerated on eczema, psoriasis prone or active skin (breakouts). In these cases, retinol may not be as beginner friendly. Although it is probably best to use bakuchiol at night, some will use bakuchiol am and pm whereas retinol should be used in the evening followed by sunscreen in the morning. Bakuchiol is vegan friendly and is safe for pregnant and nursing women. On the other hand, it is recommended to refrain from retinol use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Overall there is no side effect with bakuchiol. With retinol it is suggested to gradually increase application and make sure you are using a moisturizer to counteract any side effects such as drying, peeling and redness. In addition, bakuchiol is good for mixing with other ingredients that could otherwise not be tolerated in some skin. The combination of retinol and AHA, BHA, and Vitamin can be too active or potent for more sensitive skin and can spell disaster.

When it comes to choosing bakuchiol or retinol, you would need to consider your skin type and whether are you sensitive or not. Do you prefer products that are vegan? Do you have certain views on the use of synthetics in skincare ingredients or does it matter?

There has been extensive research on the efficacy of retinol whereas the research on bakuchiol and its long term effects and uses is not as extensive as of yet. Read the directions on the product that you choose whether it is bakuchiol or retinol. Also, keep in mind that just because a product is natural doesn’t mean you wont have an adverse reaction to it.

Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum $19.99. This serum is dual phase product that is rich in powerful antioxidants and hydration as well as anti-aging support in the form of plant based bakuchiol.

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum $54. Perfect for the most sensitive skin, this serum will help smooth look of fine lines as well as help to retexturize and brighten the skin.

The Inky List Retinol Alternative Moisturizer $11.49. This cruelty free lightweight cream will help to moisturize will it softens fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and uneven texture.

Credo Beauty 1% Bakuchiol + Olive Squalane Oil Booster $10. This booster is made without a number of questionable ingredient and makes it easy to incorporate into your existing skincare routine. Bakuchiol will help with fine lines and wrinkles while squalane will boost hydration. Mix with your current moisturizer or serum or use by itself.

Paula’s Choice 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment $56. This treatment harnesses the power of retinol, bakuchiol and peptides to help fight wrinkles. dullness and loss of firmness and elasticity. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin.

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These Are 5 Skin Care Ingredient Trends To Keep Your Eye On

In beauty, skincare on January 29, 2021 at 8:30 am
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Every year a new skincare ingredient trend will pop up on our feeds prompting a full on investigation. Do we need it? Who else is using it? Where can we get it? Is it really that good? We jump on our laptops and phones to research said new ingredient trends to see what the tea is. After evaluating our current skincare needs and personal inventory, what usually comes next is a trip to our favorite beauty store or website for a purchase.

The following 5 skincare ingredients are no different to the investigative and purchasing process that we find ourselves in. Keep in mind that these ingredients have always been around however they are having their time in the spotlight and are getting more attention than before. Continue reading to find out what these ingredients are and if you need to add them to your skincare routine.

Niacinamide. Although glycolic will always have a place in many people’s heart and beauty cabinets (including mine), Niacinamide is piquing many beauty enthusiasts’ attention. A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide is known for many of it’s reparative and soothing properties. It is water soluble meaning it dissolves in water and is thus easily absorbed into the skin. It works for most skin types, partners well with other ingredients in your skincare such as AHA/BHA and vitamin C. Niacinamide can help with acne, discoloration and pores and can be used am and pm. It can also help with dehydration because it helps the skin to produce ceramides which is a lipid that guards against moisture loss.

Glossier Super Pure

Verso Hydration Serum

Good Molecules Niacinamide Brightening Toner

Skin Inc. Vitamin B3 Serum

Microbiome Skincare. Often referred to when discussing gut health, the microbiome (or skin flora) also relates to skin. What exactly is the microbiome? It is the community, environment or collection of mainly bacteria, viruses and fungi (microbes) that live on the skin. Now before you freak out from the mere thought of these organisms, please know that these are the good bacteria you want on your skin to keep it healthy. When your skin barrier becomes compromised, it can lead to a myriad of skin issues including acne, folliculitis, eczema, psoriasis and dandruff. Some things that can compromise the microbiome are over-exfoliation, medication, stripping the skin with things like extremely hot showers, as well as lifestyle. Microbiome skincare, which contains pre and pro biotics will help to restore and balance the skin when you need a little extra help.

Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Primer

Ellis Day Wild Resilience Active Phage Serum

Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics double Action Serum

107 Everyday Plump Hydro Cream

Dark Spot Correctors. Before you consider going under a laser, consider a dark spot corrector. Dark spot correctors are definitely not new however, more brands are including these types of product in their lineups. Consumers are also educating themselves on the products and ingredients that can help even out skintone. We all know that discoloration can occur after a breakout, injury or inflammation and can be annoying to look at. Dark spot correctors can help these issues go away. Correctors can take the form of a serum or a toner and can include ingredients such as kojic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, azelic acid, niacinamide, and licorice root. To increase the long term effects of dark spot correction, be sure to use sunscreen and don’t pick at blemishes.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Ole Henriksen Glow 2OH Dark Spot Toner

Vitner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel

Retinol In Body Care. We know about the importance of a good skincare routine that should, on a basic level, include cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and sunscreen. We also know about the multiple benefits of including retinol in said skincare for the face. But what about body care? Because why have amazing skin on your face but from the neck down you look like a wheathered oak tree? Retinol, which is the gold standard has been a mainstay in skin care products for decades. And, as of late, more products such as body wash, body lotions and serums are being created and spotlighted that contain retinol. It helps your skin to act and look younger and helps skin to produce collagen while helping with fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, pores and clarity. Now just imagine how amazing the skin on the rest of your body will look.

Thisworks Sleep Plus Dream Body Cream

Eve Lom Hand Retreat Hand Treatment

Advanced Clinicals Retinol Firming Cream

Paula’s Choice Retinol Skin Smoothing Body Treatment

Bakuchiol. Often touted as a natural, less irritating alternative to retinol, bakuchiol can yield similar results to retinol. Found in the seeds and leaves babchi plant (Psoralea Corylifolia), bakuchiol is central to ancient Ayurvedic practices and Chinese skincare. Bakuchiol is vegan and contains antioxidants and can help with discoloration, texture issues and free radical damage. It is more tolerated on various skin types and can be an alternative for pregnant women.

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

Acure Radically Rejuvenating Dual Phase Bakuchiol Serum

Innbeauty Project Slushy Serum Moisturizer Crush

Whish Beauty Botanical Primer With Bakuchiol

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