Retinol, also known as Vitamin A derivates, are a much loved ingredient by anyone who is remotely interested in skincare. They are known for treating the signs of ageing and acne however, we also know that some people, especially if you have sensitive skin, can have advised effects to it that can cause the skin to become irritated.
Thats where Bakuchiol comes in. This is an ingredient that is derived from the Babchi plant and is booming prominent in skincare because it is suggested that as an ingredient it can do the same thing that retinoids can but without the adversity. So much so that is has been crowed ‘the natural alternative to retinol’
Do they both slow down signs of ageing?
Bakuchiol and Retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
We can assume the benefits of bakuchoil are the same as retinol but without the side effects of facial skin scaling and stinging.
How different are they?
Both compounds have shown the ability to induce similar gene expression in the skin and can lead to improvement of cutaneous photodamge, which is a big contributor to ageing. Retinol and Bakuchiol both also stimulate collagen products, which is a key competent in any anti-ageing ingredient. This means that there are similarities in how they effect cell pathways.
But there are definite differences between the two as although Bakuchiol has similar structure to retinol, it doesn’t seem to act via the same retinoic acid receptors as retinol. Bakuchiol was actually better than retinol at slowing down the activity of two matrix metallprotease enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, MMP-1 and MMP-12.
They produce very similar results with slightly different methods. Only more research will be able to tell us how much the extract route that Bakuchiol takes from Retinol and whether it has any more benefits to the skin.
There is no doubt that Bakuchiol is an effective ingredient when it come to anti-ageing however, many still believe that it does not outweight the benefits of Retinoids/Retinol for one simple reason. There isn’t enough date on Bakuchiol as an ingredient and also how the two compare.
In my opinion that isn’t enough to dismiss the benefits of Bakuchiol however with more studies on its skincare benefits, it is likely to change over time and it has the potential to become another industry must have as retinoids already are.
It’s also important to note that if you have sensitive skin or are pregnant Bakuchiol is a safe and effective alternative to Retinol!
Much love…Alice xx