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Age-Defiers: What’s the Difference Between Bakuchiol vs Retinol?

Bakuchiol, retinol

 

As an important helper for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots, most people may be familiar with Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A that is often found in anti-aging products. However, there is one ingredient that is just as effective as Retinol but is more gentle to the skin, and that is known as Bakuchiol, an extract from nature.

But this may make you wonder: what should I be using to get the best results and avoid irritating my skin?

First, let's get into the difference between Retinol and Bakuchiol.

Retinol

It is a form of retinoids and Vitamin A, commonly used in skincare products, such as serums and creams. Its benefits include:


❏ Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
❏ Reduce the appearance of dark spots
❏ Reduce clogged pores
❏ Sensitive to sunlight, recommended for use only at night.
❏ If used in excess, may cause dry and irritated skin

Bakuchiol

It is a natural alternative ingredient, extracted from the Psoralea Corylifolia plant. It has become increasingly popular in skincare with the same benefits of Retinol and:

❏ Reduce inflammation and irritation
❏ Not sensitive to light. Can be used both morning and evening.
❏ Extracted from natural plants so it is cruelty-free and vegan

If you have sensitive and easily irritated skin, you may find that Retinol is too harsh for your skin type, so Bakuchiol is a gentler, more natural alternative while still maintaining the same efficacy as Retinol.

However, avoid using these two ingredients together as that may cause further irritation.

When you’re using Bakuchiol, it is always imperative to test any new product before use, then for maximum efficacy, use regularly both morning and evening. While Bakuchiol is not sensitive to sunlight, always apply sunscreen when outdoors or exposed to UV rays.

Choosing products that are gentle but effective for your skin is a necessity for your journey towards Skin Wellness.

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