Nod your head twice if you're confused about anti-ageing ingredients. It's a complex skincare world out there! Lotions and potions, active ingredients this and fine lines that—it’s tricky to know where to start. Don’t worry, we got you.
First things first, there's nothing wrong with ageing skin. It's natural and inevitable. A few laughter lines just mean you're living a good life! Everyone's skin is a work in progress. But if you’re regularly waking up and not enjoying how your skin looks, developing a routine you can rely on will ease your aesthetic anxiety.
Retinol (Vitamin A) has been dermatologist recommended for a while now. It's a powerful ingredient that we all can learn to lean on when our skin starts looking a little sad. Use Retinol consistently to reap benefits such as smoothing of fine lines, reduced acne scarring, and plumping up of ageing skin. How amazing is that?
But with the wellness trend ever-growing, spilling out from what we eat into what we put on our skin and even what we wear, it seems like the right time to check out a more natural skincare alternative.
If that sounds about right, then let us introduce you to skincare's new boo: Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol (pronounced ‘back-uh-heel’, or ‘buh-koo-chee-all’ if you like) is the new plant-based ingredient shaking skincare up—and nope, we’re not sure how to say it properly either! While it's new to us, it's actually been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese practices for centuries to help heal wounded skin … and it's got us all asking, is Bakuchiol better than Retinol?
What Does Retinol Serum Do?
If you're dedicated to your night-time routine and love smoothing on an array of feel-good, look-good products, you might already be using Retinol. If you haven't already tried it, you've almost definitely thought about it or had it recommended to you.
Retinol works by increasing collagen production and speeding up skin cell renewal. Famous mainly for its anti-ageing properties, it's an ideal ingredient to add into your routine if you've forgotten the sunscreen a bit too often or if you suffer from pigmented skin. Retinol can even help with the dreaded cystic acne.
And when is the best time to start using Retinol? Most dermatologists recommend beginning when you're in your mid 20s because (and let's say it all together now) prevention is better than cure!
Retinol is a wonder ingredient for most, but if you suffer with sensitive skin, you could run into a few issues. Redness, patchiness, and flaky skin are signs of a bad Retinol reaction. Plus, it can take a while to introduce this ingredient into your routine—you often have to start small and build up a tolerance over time, which can be a little frustrating.
Those who suffer from impatience (who wants to wait to use a product?) and irritation are often on the hunt for something more comfortable, something with a gentler touch. And that's where Bakuchiol comes in.