Who doesn’t dream of healthier, younger-looking skin that resists the signs of aging? Our grandmothers knew that vitamin A is great for beautiful skin. More recently, scientists and cosmetics gurus have been hailing the benefits of retinol. But there is a downside to retinol’s effectiveness. It’s a strong ingredient, and if you have sensitive skin, chances are you will suffer side effects. Luckily, you now have an alternative: let me introduce you to Bakuchiol serum – it’s vitamin A for sensitive skin. 

What Is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol is a plant extract derived from the seeds and leaves of the East Asian Psoralea corylifolia plant. This vegan skincare powerhouse takes its name from the Sanskrit name of the plant, Bakuchi. 

This plant has long been hailed for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant powers. Chinese and ayurvedic healers have known about Bakuchiol for years and have successfully used it to treat several diseases. 

Skincare specialists started looking at Bakuchiol recently to find a kinder alternative to retinol. Like its better-known competition, Bakuchiol serum helps skin cells renew faster than they would naturally do. This makes room for fresher, newer cells to come to the surface of your skin. Bakuchiol-based products have also been shown to push collagen towards the top of your skin, giving it that youthful look. 

How Is It Different From Retinol? 

To understand how Bakuchiol differs from retinol, it is worth taking a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of retinol. 

First things first, retinol works to reduce visible signs of aging. It is a strong ingredient to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation. As a type of vitamin A, it ranks alongside vitamin C and sun protection when it comes to anti-aging skincare. 

However, such a powerful ingredient has its disadvantages, too. Retinol is one of five types of retinoids, all of which are derived from vitamin A. All five vary in their degree of effectiveness and strength. Retinol is the third-strongest over-the-counter option. Other retinoids are available only by prescription. 

Whilst lots of people swear by retinol, others have found it too harsh on their skin. Some users have experienced scaling, burning, and even dermatitis. Neither of those side effects supports the health and youthful appearance of your skin. 

Another disadvantage of retinol is that your skin gets used to the treatment, and no longer reacts to it. As a consequence, users need to increase the strength of retinol they apply or treat their skin more frequently. If you are already suffering from sensitive skin, that is bad news. 

Plus, if you enjoy spending time in the sun, you need to be more careful once you start your retinol skincare regime. This powerful ingredient may make you more susceptible to sunburn.

Scientific Evidence

Bakuchiol serum is much kinder to your skin because it is a plant-based antioxidant as opposed to being a vitamin A-derived product. But it is just as effective? The scientific evidence is strong. Studies have proven that Bakuchiol helps prevent and reduce visible fine lines and wrinkles. Users confirmed that their skin was firmer, had more elasticity, and had less hyperpigmentation.

A study comparing the experience of retinol users to that of Bakuchiol users found that retinol users had a harsher skin texture and reported stinging. 

Bakuchiol is being hailed as an alternative to retinol-based products because it works through the same receptors as the vitamin A-based alternatives. The reason it is generating so much attention is that it is plant-based. Not only is Bakuchiol kinder to your skin, but it is also an excellent choice for anyone shopping vegan or simply clean. 

If you already suffer from skin conditions like dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema will find that Bakuchiol-based products are easier on your skin. But they will still give you the results you want. Skincare experts also love these products because they are compatible with all skin types, including dry, sensitive, oily, or dehydrated skin. 

Is Bakuchiol As Effective As Retinol?

The effects (and side effects) of retinol have been studied for nearly 40 years, and scientists agree that retinol-based skincare delivers results. But these results may come at a cost not everyone is happy to accept. 

Bakuchiol has been studied for a much shorter period, approximately ten or so years, which means there is less evidence of its effectiveness available. As a result, some dermatologists are hesitant to recommend it, simply because the evidence is not as compelling. What we do know so far seems to show that Bakuchiol is highly effective and much easier to tolerate for most users. 

However, with retinol having been hailed the holy grail of skincare for a while now, it will take time for Bakuchiol to take the top spot from its competitor. Having said that, most scientists in the field agree that any product challenging the status quo of this market is exciting. This development is even more promising because Bakuchiol is gentler. 

Is It Time To Switch?

Hand on heart, is your skincare routine working for you? If you have been using retinol for some time with good results, you may not want to change your routine urgently. 

However, if you are finding that you are actually suffering through your skincare regime, it is time to consider the alternatives. Those who have been increasing their retinol dosage for some time might also want to start looking at alternatives. 

As your skin reacts less to retinol, there are no alternatives to using stronger products or stronger retinoids. Unfortunately, that also makes it more likely for side effects to develop. 

Easy To Combine With Other Products

You can easily mix and match Bakuchiol with other skincare products. So far, there is no evidence of Bakuchiol reacting badly with other skincare ingredients, which means you can simply integrate it into your existing regime. 

Retinol, on the other hand, may cause problems when you combine it with vitamin C or products based on alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). Some skincare experts advise against these particular cocktails. 

Acne sufferers have seen extremely promising results when adding Bakuchiol to their spot-fighting skincare habits. Studies have shown that the combination of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid with Bakuchiol was especially potent. 

Remember The Power Of Prevention 

Despite all scientific advances, preventing premature skin aging remains a powerful weapon when it comes to skincare. Applying high-quality sunscreen and choosing a moisturizer that really works for your skin are two of the cornerstones of preventative skincare. Remember sun damage not only leads to unsightly lines and hyperpigmentation. It may also predispose you to certain skin cancers. 

Your diet is another factor to consider. With the holiday season approaching, this may be easier said than done, but perhaps improving your diet to help your skin is a good resolution for 2022? 

Like the rest of your body, your skin needs nourishment. Preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is closely linked to remaining well hydrated. Water is the best nourishment for your skin, but it is not everyone’s favorite. If you struggle to drink enough throughout the day, try mixing things up with flavored waters or adding a splash of lemon or a slice of cucumber. 

Think about eating foods that have a high water content like watermelon or cucumber. It is easier than you think to make your diet more skin-friendly.

Needless to say, smoking further contributes to skin aging. If you are or have been a smoker, you know your habit is responsible for some of the lines on your face, especially those hard-to-overlook lines around your mouth. 


Bakuchiol – A Look Into The Future

Whilst some dermatologists may remain skeptical about the benefits of Bakuchiol, we believe that this is one of the most exciting skin science developments at the moment. Granted, retinol has been tried and tested. But it is clear that it simply does not work for everyone. 

Because it is kinder to the skin and compatible with almost any skin type, Bakuchiol is fast becoming the product of choice for anyone looking to reduce the signs of aging. This is especially the case if you have sensitive skin. Forget redness, dryness, and stinging sensations. Instead, say hello to reduced wrinkles, and beautiful, younger-looking skin. 

Bakuchiol serum is easy to integrate into your current skincare regimen, and it can even enhance the results you are achieving now. With no known side effects and more and more scientific evidence proving Bakuchiol’s effectiveness, what are you waiting for? 

Supercharge your skincare now and look forward to a healthier, happier you! Give Bakuchiol a try with the Aliquote Skin BioRetinol Serum today. 


 - SkinScience