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Earth’s best kept antiaging secret: Bakuchiol

If you’ve tried retinoid products and given up because of the excessive dryness, peeling, and burning they can cause on your skin, you’re probably feeling lost with your anti-aging skincare routine—but don’t lose hope!

Many people stop using retinoid products because of the adverse side effects they can cause. But luckily, scientists are studying a possible retinoid alternative that seems to be just as powerful, but far gentler on the skin.

Enter, Bakuchiol: a vegan, skin-smoothing ingredient that’s rocking the anti-aging skincare world, especially for those who have sensitive skin.

By this point, you’ve probably researched every anti-aging product on the market and tried just about everything under the sun. But, your search might just be over…

Bakuchiol: Where Does it Come From? How Does it Work?

Bakuchiol is derived from the Babchi plant (Psoralea corylifolia) and is known to have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Although it delivers anti-aging benefits similar to those of retinoids, bakuchiol is not actually a form of retinol—which many people assume because bakuchiol is typically marketed as “nature’s retinol.”

And while it may have just emerged on the anti-aging skincare scene, it’s actually been used in cosmetic applications for thousands of years—it was widely used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat various skin diseases, and scientists are still looking into the anti-aging power this plant delivers.

As with Retinol, Bakuchiol helps increase skin cell turnover while promoting elastin and collagen production, which all play a part in keeping your skin firm and youthful. In a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, subjects applied a Bakuchiol skin care product to their skin twice a day for 12 weeks, and the results didn’t disappoint.

Subjects saw improvements in their fine lines and wrinkles, experienced a more even skin tone overall, their skin was firmer, and signs of photo-aging (sun damage) were diminished.

And the best part? They saw these positive changes without the pesky side effects that typically come with using retinol—no peeling, burning, or excessive redness. Just smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin.

Using Bakuchiol When You’re Pregnant

As you get older and your body endures change, keep in mind that you may have to adjust your skincare regimen as well—especially when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

Retinol products of any kind are strongly recommended against while pregnant, so you might assume you have to give up your anti-aging skincare routine altogether when your bundle of joy comes along—bud you don’t! Bakuchiol is 100% safe for use when pregnant or breastfeeding, so you never have to stop enjoying its benefits!

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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