Those in the know would probably have heard of the new buzzword in skincare: bakuchiol.
Most people know it as the “natural alternative to retinol” – but what is it, really?
Let’s take a closer look at bakuchiol, which is fast becoming one of the hottest star ingredients in our favourite skincare ranges.
What is bakuchiol?
This ingredient isn’t exactly “new”. The plant-based ingredient has long been used in Ayurveda and the claim about it being a natural alternative to retinol came from studies in the last few years that showed that it has similar benefits as retinol.
However, if you look at the molecular structure of bakuchiol, it doesn’t look anything like retinol at all. The effects, however, are similar; both can help soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, improve firmness and elasticity, and even out skin tone.
And the reason why there’s such a buzz around bakuchiol is more than just the benefits it seems to carry.
Most people who have used retinol know that it is a great anti-ageing ingredient, however, it is very irritating on the skin, especially if it is dry and sensitive. Retinol also responds negatively with sun exposure, which is why you can only use it at night. Doctors also generally won’t encourage the use of retinoids during pregnancy.
Bakuchiol, on the other hand, is known to be gentler on the skin. It doesn’t respond to the sun so you can use it in the day and at night. And most doctors wouldn’t stop you from using it during pregnancy (although you’d want to check with your doctor if you’re intending to do so.)
Top Bakuchiol skincare products to try
Philosophy Nature In A Jar Reset Serum with Bakuchiol New product!
Bakuchiol is at the centre of formula of this recently launched serum, which is said to be formulated with a natural origin ingredient index of 95.9%.
An anti-ageing serum that promises to improve the appearance of wrinkles and smoothness of skin in one week (a super bold claim!), this helps boost collagen synthesis, offers antioxidant benefits, and energises skin cells.
You’ll also love that it has an eco-responsible packaging made of glass and 100% post-consumer recycled carton.
Retails for RM253. This is already available at Sephora outlets in West Malaysia and will be available in East Malaysia from 31 May. Click on link to buy online now.
Olehenriksen Wrinkle Blur Bakuchiol Eye Gel Creme New product!
Formulated with bakuchiol, peptides, and orchid stem cells, this performs several anti-ageing actions: blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improve firmness and elasticity around the eyes.
It also has the added benefits of lightening the appearance of dark eye circles and evening out the skin tone around the eye area.
In other words, this is the all-in-one eye cream you can look to if you’re searching for an all-rounder.
Retails for RM204. Click on link to check for promotions.
PSA Midnight Courage Rosehip & Bakuchiol Retinol Night Oil
This anti-ageing night oil is formulated with advanced retinoid, which is less irritating and more stable than most forms of Retinol, and can help reduce hyperpigmentation, blemishes, fine lines, and pores.
The oil is also fortified with antioxidant-rich oils such as rosehip and Bakuchiol.
Together, these ingredients help brighten skin tone, strengthen skin barrier, and improve moisture levels so that your skin appear firmer, more radiant, and more youthful-looking.
Retails for RM175. Click on link to check for promotions.
Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
This lightweight serum is a great anti-ageing solution for those who have irritated and sensitive skin.
It has received a 4-star rating from 500+ reviewers, with most raving about how it’s gentle on the skin and how its lightweight texture works well in hot, humid weather.
Retails for RM327. Click on link to check for promotions.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment Towel
This one’s for the body; this towel is infused with Alpha Beta acids, enzymes, and bakuchiol to help polish and firm the appearance of your body skin.
Use it when you’re looking to exfoliate your skin, intensely hydrate it, and reduce the problems of ingrown hairs, blemishes, rough patches, and bumps that you find on your skin.
Retails for RM270 for eight treatments.
Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask
An antioxidant-rich mask, this is made with high-grade Matcha to deliver potent antioxidants, but also contain Bakuchiol to offer anti-ageing benefits.
It can help reduce redness and inflammation caused by environmental free radical damage while also reviving the appearance of stressed and tired skin.
Retails for RM190. Click on link to check for promotions.
Bybi Beauty Bakuchiol Booster Most affordable!
This is one of the UK brand’s bestsellers and it’s not surprising why.
The natural oil blend only contains two ingredients: Olive Squalane and Bakuchiol and helps soften skin while stimulating collagen production.
You can use this on its own or add it to your favourite serum or moisturiser.
Retails for RM68. Click on link to check for promotions.