Natural Retinols – are they worth it?

As the world moves to a more plant-based way of existing, even time tested beauty ingredients like Retinol are being put on the chopping block.

Some of the benefits of Retinol:

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Fades pigmentation and age spots

Speeds up collagen production

Smoothes rough skin patches

Increases skin firmness and elasticity

Treats pimples and acne

Improves skin texture

Shrinks pores

However, beyond being the complete opposite of “plant-based”, retinol products are not considered safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms, and can really irritate your skin.

Enter bakuchiol, a safe plant extract that’s been scientifically proven to mimic the effects of retinol. Bakuchiol comes from the seeds and leaves of the psoralea corylifolia, or “babchi”, plant, traditionally used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat skin diseases.[5] In one study, people that used bakuchiol twice a day for 12 weeks saw a significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, skin elasticity, and firmness. It also stimulated collagen production.[6] And get this — bakuchiol did all this minus the dryness and flakiness typical of retinol.

And I’m sure you’re wondering what my favorite Retinol alternative product is?

Biossance SQUALANE + PHYTO-RETINOL SERUM. A lightweight, powerfully effective serum featuring Bakuchiol, a plant-derived alternative to retinol. Reduces the look of lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin-without the irritation or sensitivity associated with retinol.

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