There’s a new kid on the skincare block that’s causing waves among dermatologists, skincare experts and Retinol-loving users worldwide. Introducing Bakuchiol (pronounced bah-koo-chee-all), the plant-based, Vegan-friendly skincare solution that may just kick Retinol off its top spot!
What is it?
Bakuchiol, which is derived from the Babchi plant, may be new on the skincare scene, but it’s been used in Ayurvedic Medicine and Chinese Medicine for years. As Dr Imaan Joshi from Skin Essentials explains: "Very simply, Bakuchiol is a plant derived antioxidant that has similar skincare benefits to Retinol, which is one of the gold standard ingredients in skincare for youthful skin."
Studies show that Bakuchiol has many benefits but it’s the ingredient’s anti-aging properties that’s got everyone buzzing. Bakuchiol works through the same receptors as Retinol to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production plus it can help with skin elasticity, pigmentation, and firmness.
Is Bakuchiol better than Retinol?
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Bakuchiol is that it’s not a derivative of Vitamin A which means it’s not as irritating as Retinol, plus you don’t have to worry about an increase in sun sensitivity which is a major drawback for Retinol users.
For those of you who suffer from sensitive skin, Bakuchiol is a much gentler option than Retinol which can often trigger burning, scaling and dermatitis plus it loses efficacy over time with users having to increase their usage to maintain it’s effectiveness. "Unlike Retinol, which can be irritating to use & needs to be introduced slowly for best effects, Bakuchiol is relatively non-irritating & may be safely used in pregnancy too without concerns. The most common reason people quit Retinol is the side effects," says Dr Joshi.
Retinol does not mix well with other ingredients, but Bakuchiol is safe to be used alongside your favourite actives such as Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Vitamin C and even Retinol.
What does the science say?
Clinical studies have produced positive results but critics of Bakuchiol argue that there have not been long term studies yet in comparison with Retinol which has been around for decades. However, in a 2018 study published in the British Academy of Dermatology, a clinical trial directly compared Bakuchiol and Retinol on users across a 12-week period. Both groups experienced the same results in terms of improvements to fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, with some Retinol users experiencing dryness and inflammation. This study suggests that not only is Bakuchiol as effective as Retinol, but it’s less harsh on skin too – it’s a win win! And Dr Joshi agrees, "It’s great as an antioxidant and early data indicates it increases the rate at which our skin renews, helps with mild acne and pigmentation issues."
Check out these studies below that discuss the effectiveness of Bakuchiol in speeding up skin renewal and boosting collagen production:
Should you switch to Bakuchiol?
This is going to be an entirely personal decision. If you suffer from sensitive skin, looking for a plant-based and natural product or have had a reaction to Retinol previously, this could be a great product to add to your skincare regime. MooGoo have released their own Bakuchiol Active Serum which has been made using moisturising Shea Butter, Natural Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil so your skin is left hydrated, smoother, and younger than ever!