Claims that a skincare product “erases wrinkles” and “turns back time” are a dime-a-dozen in the beauty world. But there’s really only one ingredient that’s been clinically proven to smooth out skin, and that’s retinol. For all its miraculous effects, retinol can irritate skin, and it isn’t safe for pregnant or breastfeeding moms. Retinol products also tend to contain fillers and preservatives, a no-no for those who prefer plant-based products.
Before you deepen your frown line in consternation, there’s a safe alternative: bakuchiol, a plant extract that’s been scientifically proven to mimic the effects of retinol. Ahead, everything you need to know about retinol’s benefits, why you may want to steer clear of it, and the best and worst clean-beauty retinol alternatives.
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.
Bakuchiol has been shown to work in a similar pathway to retinol but without the irritation that can be associated with traditional retinol products.
With this cream, you can have the benefits on your hair, hands and body. Also enjoy the soothing aromas and properties of Neroli and Roman Chamomile. Have a clearer skin, with natural glow and less aging.
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