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Natural win for skincare in the Bakuchiol v Retinol Face Off
Natural compounds have been used in skincare since the dawn of time.
Cleopatra bathed in milk and honey, the Greeks used berries and olive oil, while medicinal herbs have been used to treat everything from wrinkles to acne and allergic reactions.
We’ve always loved natural, but…
The reality is that when staring down the barrel of pigmentation, wrinkles and sun damage, even the most naturally inclined woman throws the baby out with the bathwater and goes for the big guns.
In anti aging, retinol is the big guns.
Not quite since Cleopatra, but certainly in modern memory, retinol has been the beauty industry’s number one weapon for fighting the most stubborn signs of aging: wrinkles, collagen loss and pigmentation.
With a scientifically sound report card:
Plus a dash of celebrity pow-wow (Samantha raved about it in Sex and The City), retinol has been the rock star of anti-aging skincare for years.
But now retinol has a natural competitor.
Bakuchiol is the natural skincare ingredient rocking the beauty world with its better-than-retinol results and 100% natural status.
Bakuchiol is compared to retinol because it also improves the most persistent problems for aging skin: lines, wrinkles, sun damage and pigmentation.
In fact, studies comparing backuchiol with retinol report similar or slightly better results from bakuchiol.
Improvements from the depth and surface area of wrinkles to the intensity and coverage of pigmentation were tested, with bakuchiol coming out as well as or better than its chemically based rival.
It’s almost too good to be true, and for this natural wonder to be backed by science, well, that just seems like a miracle!
And it gets better.
Naturally occurring Bakuchiol, backed by science, with clinical results comparable to retinol, has less side effects than it’s less-than-natural rival.
Retinol, beloved as it is, is widely known to cause an array of unwanted and unpleasant side effects. Burning, tingling, redness even scaling are commonly reported with retinol use.
In the name of beauty, we’ve endured.
Retinol has been unmatched in its ability to work anti aging miracles. Its benefits have been so profound we not only abandoned the dream of a natural solution, we swallowed down some pretty nasty side effects as part of the deal.
But with Bakuchiol on the scene, this may be a thing of the past.
Natural Bakuchiol delivers all the anti-aging benefits without the unwanted side effects.
Comparative studies confirm the efficacy of bakuchiol and demonstrate better tolerance among users.
The results of a one trial found ‘bakuchiol and retinol both significantly decreased wrinkle surface area and hyper-pigmentation, with no statistical difference between the compounds. The retinol users reported more facial skin scaling and stinging, (Dhaliwal et al., 2018).
Who wants facial skin scaling and stinging? No thanks!
Bring on the bakuchiol!
After all these years, in a weird ‘back to the future’ twist, we finally have an alternative to the supreme anti-aging reign of retinol.
And it’s natural.
‘Bakuchiol is comparable with retinol in its ability to improve photoageing and is better tolerated than retinol,’ (Dhaliwal et al., 2018).
That pretty much says it all.
Now all we need is a special appearance on a TV blockbuster and a new, natural anti-aging skincare star is born!
Try Wild Bee's Daily Revive Bakuchiol & Hyaluronic Acid Rejuvenation Serum, naturally Enriched with Sandalwood, Kakadu Plum, Sunflower Oil, Rosella Oil, Aniseed Myrtle, Blue Cypress & Chamomilla. A tender mix of anti-ageing elements for anytime use. The natural retinol of Bakuchiol and the hydrating properties of Hyaluronic Acid target fine lies, wrinkles, looseness, sun damage and pigment changes, rejuvenating the skin to its healthiest form.
You'll love it!
Chaudhuri, R., & Bojanowski, K. (2014). Bakuchiol: a retinol-like functional compound revealed by gene expression profiling and clinically proven to have anti-aging effects. International Journal Of Cosmetic Science, 36(3), 221-230. doi: 10.1111/ics.12117
Dhaliwal, S., Rybak, I., Ellis, S., Notay, M., Trivedi, M., & Burney, W. et al. (2019). Assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing. British Journal Of Dermatology, 180(2), e45-e45. doi: 10.1111/bjd.17476
Dhaliwal, S., Rybak, I., Ellis, S., Notay, M., Trivedi, M., & Burney, W. et al. (2018). Prospective, randomized, double‐blind assessment of topical bakuchiol and retinol for facial photoageing. British Journal Of Dermatology, 180(2), 289-296. doi: 10.1111/bjd.16918
When it comes to the best natural skincare products, some people say if you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. We couldn’t agree more!