Retinol is easily the most used ingredient in anti-aging products on the market, and understandably so. Its impact on collagen stimulation and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles is tremendous.
However, for sensitive skin types, the irritation and redness that goes along with using retinol can be off-putting. Until recently, the only solution for adverse reactions has been to diminish retinol usage, increase time between uses or slather on extra moisturizer.
Dermatologic studies have recently shown Bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol, to be just as effective. The results of collagen production, reduction in hyperpigmentation and surface wrinkles were proven to rival the vitamin A derivative without the irritation, dryness and stinging.
Where has Bakuchiol been all our lives? Apparently, Chinese and Indian medicine has been using this powerful extract from Babchi seeds for centuries. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal choice for oily and acneic skin types too.
Bakuchiol should be used in a skincare regimen similar to anti-aging products that promote cell turnover. Typically, nighttime use is recommended, as well as slowly increasing the number of applications in a week according to product instructions.
If you have experienced any adverse side effects to retinols or retinoids, or are hesitant to incorporate retinol into your routine, I suggest you give one of the following products a try.
Ao Skincare #5 Repair // A hydrating nighttime moisturizer that works for all skin types.
OLEHENRIKSEN Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème // A night cream that targets fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots without irritating skin.
Whish Restoring Face Oil // A popular multi-tasking serum that hydrates skin without leaving an oily residue.
Oskia Super 16 // A splurge-worthy serum that boosts collagen synthesis and fights signs of aging.62