What is Bakuchiol? The alternative anti-aging care to retinol


What is Bakuchiol?

Bakuchiol, an anti-aging ingredient booming in the U.S. and other countries, has been attracting attention in recent years as an ingredient that can provide age-appropriate care.

Bakuchiol is still not well known, and some of you may be hearing about it for the first time.


Bakuchiol is a natural ingredient extracted from a leguminous plant called Psoralea corylifolia (babchi).

It has long been used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India and Sri Lanka.

Since it has the same cosmetic effects as the well-known anti-aging ingredient retinol, it has been called "next-generation retinol".



What cosmetic effects does retinol have?

Retinol is a type of vitamin A (vitamin A derivative).

When vitamin A is deficient, the turnover of the stratum corneum will be disrupted, resulting in the skin becoming dry, loss of firmness (elasticity), and lack of luster.

Retinol is an essential anti-aging ingredient for aging skin and gives elasticity and luster to the skin.

However, although it has excellent effects, it has disadvantages too.

It's because the reaction to vitamin A can cause skin redness, peeling, and dryness. So if your skin is sensitive, we don't recommend using retinol.

Retinol is also sensitive to light and heat, making it unsuitable for daytime care.

Incidentally, another vitamin A derivative called "retinoic acid" is often confused with retinol, but they're different.

Retinoic acid is a much more potent ingredient than retinol, with physiological activity 50 to 100 times that of retinol.

It's a prescribed drug under a doctor's diagnosis for peeling, acne care, and improving wrinkles and blotch at cosmetic clinics.



What does bakuchiol do for skin?

Since retinol is difficult to use despite its potential for anti-aging effects, we would like to introduce Bakuchiol as an alternative today.

Bakuchiol is attracting attention as a revolutionary ingredient that provides anti-aging effects but has no disadvantages.

The effects that can be expected from Bakuchiol are as follows;

1)Give elasticity to the skin.

2)Moisturizes the stratum corneum and protects the skin from damage such as dryness and external stimuli.

3) Unlike retinol, which is unstable and sensitive to heat, UV rays, and oxygen, you can use it for daytime skin care.


The third point is the biggest reason why Bakuchiol attracts so much attention. It is a stable ingredient and resistant to UV rays. So, you can use it during the day.

Retinol is very effective and can cause redness and other problems when people with sensitive skin use it. 

On the other hand, Bakuchiol is a plant-derived ingredient that is easy to use even for people with sensitive or dry skin.


Since aging skin is prone to fluctuations in hormonal balance and seasonal changes, it sounds nice if we can use it every day, doesn't it?

In addition, there are more and more vegan people, and while retinol is a fat-soluble vitamin derived from animal products, Bakuchiol is a plant-based vitamin.

This is why it's called "vegan retinol," and vegan brands offer Bakuchiol containing products.

 However, it may cause irritation, redness, or other problems in rare cases. So if you have very sensitive skin, please try a patch test before use.




The continued use brings benefits.

Bakuchiol is easy to use even on sensitive skin, but unlike retinol, which has an immediate effect, you may not feel the effects immediately.

Therefore, we recommend continuous use for a long period of time, at least one month.





Try Bakuchiol to prevent skin problems caused by masks.

There are more and more people who suffer from skin problems such as dryness and rough skin due to wearing masks daily to prevent COVID-19.

Bakuchiol, which helps maintain healthy skin, is also effective for such rough skin caused by masks.

It also makes the skin elastic, luster, moisturizes, and makes skin brighter. 

Since there are still some days to wear masks, Bakuchiol may be the essential ingredient for our healthy skin!