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
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. 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. 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.