Bakuchiol is one of the key active ingredients in our PM renewing cream Night Shift. But what is Bakuchiol? Here's everything you should know about this plant-based retinol alternative.
What is Bakuchiol?
Bakuchiol is a natural extract from the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant, which is commonly found in India and the Far East. This ingredient has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its various health benefits and is now being recognized for its ability to deliver powerful skincare benefits.
Bakuchiol vs retinol
Bakuchiol has been referred to as "nature's retinol," as it has been found to deliver many of the same benefits as retinol without the harsh side effects that often accompany its use. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that is widely used in skincare products for its ability to boost collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. However, retinol can be harsh and irritating for some people, causing dryness, redness, and flaking.
Bakuchiol, on the other hand, has been shown to be gentle and non-irritating, making it an excellent alternative for people with sensitive skin. In clinical studies, bakuchiol has been found to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, and to increase skin firmness. It has also been shown to boost collagen production and improve skin texture.
How will Bakuchiol benefit my skin?
In addition to its anti-aging benefits, bakuchiol has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can help protect the skin from damage caused by environmental stressors. This makes bakuchiol an excellent ingredient for people who are looking to protect their skin from sun damage and environmental pollutants.
Another benefit of bakuchiol is its versatility. It can be used in a wide range of skincare products, including serums, moisturizers, and eye creams. This makes it an excellent ingredient for people who are looking to create a complete skincare routine that is both effective and natural.
Is it sustainable?
Bakuchiol is a sustainable ingredient, as it is derived from a plant that can be grown in a variety of regions and is often considered a weed. This makes it an environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic ingredients that are commonly used in skincare products.
What products work best with Night Shift?
Generally speaking, all our products have been formulated to be used and layered with one another. However, if you are treating common skin concerns we recommend these combinations:
Hyperpigmentation and dullness: Radian-C serum + Night Shift
Fine lines and wrinkles: Retin-A serum + Night Shift
Dryness and flakiness: Ceramide serum + Night Shift
Acne and oily skin: B3 Clear serum + Night Shift
Night Shift can also be used in the day as it is photo-stable (won't degrade with UV) and contains anti-oxidants to work hand-in-hand with sunscreen to protect your skin from UV damage.